Glasgow businesses win Games contracts

26 Nov 2012

Glasgow-based businesses have won more than £182 million in contracts for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Construction projects have been one of the major elements of Games related work, which has already benefited local businesses. Businesses based in Glasgow have won over £182 million in contracts relating to the 2014 Games.

On Clyde Waterfront, the biggest single project is The Hydro Arena, which will be completed in September 2013.

To win the work, firms had to register with the Glasgow Business Portal. It brings together contractors and suppliers and provides businesses of all sizes with the opportunity to find out about and compete for business opportunities.

Individual construction projects so far have included the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Athletes' Village, the East End Regeneration Route, Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre, the Hydro Arena at the SECC and the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.

Among the firms that have benefited are Sir Robert McAlpine, which was involved in the Emirates Arena, and Barr Construction, which is building the £13.7m Tollcross International Swimming centre.

It has also meant thousands of young people or long term unemployed have found work as a result.

A report reveals it had been hoped the Games would result in the recruitment of 329 "new entrant" trainees who need to be either apprentices, young people leaving education or people who have been out of work for some time.

But the city council has already exceeded that number, with 353 already in place and more to come by the end of next year - most working at the Athletes' Village or Hydro Arena.

Other Games-related projects have also made a substantial impact and resulted in thousands of people getting work.

Source: Evening Times - Glasgow businesses win 2014 Games contracts



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