Preston firm wins Tour de France job

Preston-based Pennine Events has won the contract for event and crowd management for the North Yorkshire stages of this year's Tour de France.

tour-de-france-logoThe company, which held a similar role when the Grand Depart last visited the UK in 2007, will also carry out non-race risk assessments, provide expert advice and give an oversight into the overall planning and process before the race.

The appointment was made by North Yorkshire County Council, and will be work with local town councils.

Director Mark Sandamas said: “This is a very similar role to the one we played in 2007 for Kent County Council and for which we received a commendation from the Metropolitan Police.

“We are delighted that seven years after the Tour de France was last in England we are once again involved with the world’s biggest annual sporting event. “Our company prides itself on producing quality events and when it comes to the Tour de France it is very important we produce plans that reflect the high profile event. We will be working very hard over the coming months to ensure that spectators are kept safe during the event and providing North Yorkshire Council with the experience that we gained working on the tour in 2007 as well as the hundreds of events that we have designed and run since.”