Olympian Mark Richardson and Paralympian Danny Crates closed the final of Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners’ very popular ‘Win Business Gold’ breakfast series of events on Tuesday 17 April, aimed at encouraging Hertfordshire businesses to prepare themselves for Games-time as well as promote the London 2012 procurement system.
The breakfast, at the prestigious Knebworth House, was the 16th in an award winning series of events, having had a London 2012 Inspire Mark for two and a half years. These popular events have actively promoted contract opportunities from the Games in Hertfordshire through the London 2012 procurement portal ‘CompeteFor’; this has contributed to Hertfordshire’s number one position in the region for businesses registered on the portal.
In 2006 an Economic Impact Study predicted £100m worth of contracts from the Games would be awarded to Hertfordshire businesses. However, 239 contracts worth at least £79-£102m have been awarded in the county so far; the Olympic Delivery Authority awarded an additional £646m worth of construction contracts to companies in Hertfordshire. This means that in reality Hertfordshire has done far better than predicted, a great boost for the local economy in these times of austerity. One company that is reaping the benefits is Darfen Durafencing, a specialist provider of fencing solutions in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Darfen Durafencing has been awarded the contract to provide perimeter fencing for the Aquatic Centre site by the Balfour Beatty Group.
Whilst the main aims of the events were to drive up the registration of Hertfordshire businesses on CompeteFor and encourage Hertfordshire businesses to get prepared for the Games, the breakfasts also involved young athletes who are part of Hertfordshire’s Talented Athlete Scheme. Over the 16 events that Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners has held a total of £6,017 has been raised for the Talented Athlete Scheme.
Closing the event Danny Crates said “Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners have been the leaders all the way along, they were the first out of the blocks to engage with the business opportunities that the Games bring.
“Mark [Richardson] and I know the power of the Olympics and Paralympics but it often hard to portray that. I am honoured to be associated with the ‘Win Business Gold’ business meetings.”
Delegate Terry Farthing, Managing Director of Airport Lettings said, “It was great to meet so many Olympians and other highly motivated individuals. There is no doubt they are all working together to deliver a fantastic event which will showcase all that is great about Britain.
“From a business perspective it also ensures that even with the clock ticking, we can prepare more than ever to make the most of the possibilities there will be from this once in a generation opportunity. Airport Lettings proud to be associated with the fantastic team at Herts is Ready for Winners”.