Glasgow 2014 today announced around £1million worth of Supported Business Contracts for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Supported Business Sector provides employment to people with disabilities and a potential pathway into the open labour market. Employing around 1,000 people and with a turnover of more than £32million per annum, Glasgow 2014 has awarded five Games-related contracts to four Scottish-supported businesses.
The announcement solidifies Glasgow 2014’s pledge that a business legacy will be secured by Scotland’s hosting of the Games and boasts of the lasting physical, social and economic benefits for the people of Scotland.
Successful contract winners Glasgow-based RSBi will provide a Logistics Workforce for the Athletes’ Village, as well producing curtains for use at the Games. Councillor Paul Carey, Convener of the Regeneration and the Economy Policy Development Committee, Glasgow City Council, said:
“Glasgow businesses and organisations have won more than £180million of Games-related contracts so far, leaving a tremendous economic legacy for the city. I am delighted by the news that RSBi has been successful in gaining two new contracts, and I wish them and the other firms every success.”
The workforce contract includes manual handling of materials at the Village, while the second contract is a specialist package including supply, installation and removal of curtains and blinds in the residential accommodation of athletes and team officials.
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, said:
“By helping people with disabilities to maintain and improve their overall independence and wellbeing, this announcement also reflects the crucial role supported businesses have in building a healthier and fairer Scotland.”
Dovetail, one of the companies involved will provide 7,500 single size mattress protectors, and fellow company Haven, who will supply around 17,000 laundry bags for the Athletes Village.
Ian Reid, Glasgow 2014 Chief Financial Officer, said:
“Glasgow 2014 is delighted that the award of these Supported Business Contracts opens up opportunities for local companies both ahead of the Commonwealth Games and beyond.”
Beltane (now known as North Lanarkshire Industries) will distribute batonbearer uniforms for the domestic sector of the Queen’s Baton Relay as well as being contracted to provide 7,500 pillows for the Athletes’ Village.