Glasgow 2014 opens up opportunities through Supported Business Contracts

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Glasgow 2014 today (Monday 28 April) announced around £1million worth of Supported Business Contracts for the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow 2014 has awarded five Games-related contracts to four Scottish-supported businesses.

Employing around 1,000 people and with a turnover of more than £32million per annum, Scotland’s Supported Business Sector provides employment to people with disabilities and a potential pathway into the open labour market.

Today’s announcement is further evidence of the business legacy that is being secured by Scotland’s hosting the Games and the lasting physical, social and economic benefits to 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.

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.

The remaining companies are Dovetail, who will provide 7,500 single size mattress protectors, and Haven, who will supply around 17,000 laundry bags again for the Village.

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.

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, said:

“Today’s announcement sends a clear message that 2014 not only offers a wealth of opportunities for sport lovers, but also for Scottish businesses and the economy.

“The £1 million boost to Scottish supported businesses – on top of the 73 per cent of Games related contracts already secured by Scottish companies – is a perfect example of Scotland’s success in competing on the world stage.

“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.”

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.

“We are committed to there being a positive business legacy from the hosting of the Games so that Scottish firms can share in and benefit from the biggest sporting and cultural event in the country’s history.”

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.”

Supported businesses help people with disabilities to maintain and improve their overall independence and well-being which is crucial in building a healthier and fairer Scotland. Research suggests that for every £1 spent with supported businesses it is believed that society can save up to 10 times that in return.

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