HUDDERSFIELD firms have been urged to grab a share of the Olympic dream – by competing for contracts to help stage the 2012 Games.
The plea came from gold medal winning kayaker Tim Brabants who spoke at the launch of the Yorkshire Gold Business Club – a group of 600 companies bidding for some of the 250,000 contracts available still remaining for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
He said: “I have been fortunate enough to go to three Olympic Games and it is a fantastic experience.
“Not everyone can compete, coach or officiate at the games, but Huddersfield companies can still be Olympians by taking up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid for contracts.”
Tim was joined by Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn and Paralympic archery gold medallist Danielle Brown for the launch at York racecourse.
Total contracts amounting to £9.3bn have been identified by the Olympic Development Authority in relation to the Games.
Tim said: “While most of the events will be within 50 minutes of the capital, there is no reason the build-up to the games and the contracts cannot be shared with the rest of the country. They can’t all be awarded to firms in London.”
Tim won a gold medal and a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics to add to a bronze he collected at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.The Yorkshire Gold Business Club is backed by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and offers companies joining a range of benefits, including help to identify and bid for 2012 contracts.
Visit www.ygbc.co.uk or call 0114 2015730.