Olympics earns hundreds of new contracts for Lancashire firms

Thirty-six Lancashire firms have been involved in the Olympic games, covering a range of different services, from construction and site infrastructure to transport and event management.

The most high profile is Adlington Welding from Chorley which has been involved in providing welding equipment to the main Olympic stadium.

County councillor Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council said: “It's a clear sign of the strength of businesses here in Lancashire that we have so many companies who have been involved with London 2012.”

Other companies involved include ACDC, which provided the lighting for the bridges by the Olympic stadium, MDA, which helped Coca Cola and Kraft make the most of the torch relay, and RU Comfy, which provided 8,400 beanbag chairs to the Olympic Village.

Geoff Driver added: “The companies who were awarded the contracts had to show that they could be competitive, while delivering high quality products. London 2012 is a very high profile opportunity, so we're obviously very pleased that so many of Lancashire businesses have been able to compete successfully for contracts.

“There's been a lot of discussion that London is hosting these games and what effect it will have on the rest of the country. But it's clear that the involvement of businesses from the county has already brought benefits to the Lancashire economy.”