THE boss of a paving stone company which won contracts for the 2012 London Olympics has visited the sports venue.

Graham Holden, chief executive of Birkby-based Marshalls was part of a team of Yorkshire business people to visit the Olympic Park to see the contribution firms from the region are making.

Marshalls has supplied paving for the Olympic Stadium in London and the Olympic Village.

More than 200 firms across Yorkshire have won business contracts to work contributing to London 2012.

Said Mr Holden: “Having toured the site, it truly is a testament to all that’s good in the British construction industry.

“It's fantastic to see a project of this scale being delivered ahead of time and under budget. We feel very privileged to be involved and proud to be part of the Yorkshire connection.”

The visit was hosted by Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire and chairman of Yorkshire Gold – the group representing regional firms supplying the Games.

They were joined by medal winning athlete Jonathan Edwards, deputy chairman of the Nations and Regions Group of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mr Verity said: “With a year to go, we know Team Yorkshire is already making a major impact down at the Park.

“Over 200 firms on our patch have won business contracts and there’s still £450m more still to bid for – so I’m encouraging people across Yorkshire that there’s still plenty of opportunity to grab a slice of the action.”

Several international and British teams are already committed to training at venues in Yorkshire in the run-up to the Games while hundreds of the region’s school children will qualify for free tickets. Some 600 people will run with the Olympic Torch when it travels through the region next summer.