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Businesses benefiting from the Games

28/04/2014
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Find out about businesses benefiting from around £1million worth of Glasgow 2014 Supported Business Contracts for the Commonwealth Games.

Haven PTS

HavenHaven PTS is one supported business to secure a lasting legacy from its involvement in Glasgow 2014 by winning a contract to produce 17,000 laundry bags for use in the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

Based in Stirling, Haven PTS manufactures a range of textile products including workwear and personal protective equipment for distribution across the public and private sectors. It operates a workforce of thirty, 95% of whom are disabled or who face complex barriers-to-work.

Every athlete staying in the Village will have access to one of Haven’s products and the initiative has opened up a range of new opportunities for the enterprise.

General Manager, Jamie Lawson, commented: “There is real momentum building behind Glasgow 2014 and I see the benefits on our shop floor. As a result of winning this contract we were able to provide work for five people over a four month period - however the value extends much further into the future. We have been able to employ a new trainee and the skills we have invested in will allow us to pitch for more work across a range of sectors. For example there is a real market for similar products aimed at University estates and other large accommodation complexes and we will be pursuing this opportunity. Along with the rest of the World, we will be watching the Games unfold but my colleagues will have real pride in knowing that they had a special part to play in making it a success.”

RSBi

RSBi © Stuart Nicol PhotographyLesley Quinn from Glasgow-based Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) has several reasons to enjoy Glasgow 2014. Based in Glasgow and operating as the manufacturing division of City Building, the supported business employs 240 people (143 of whom have disabilities) and has been successful in winning two Games contracts.

RSBi will provide a logistical workforce to help with preparation of the Athletes’ Village. The business will also be supplying and installing 3350 pairs of curtains and blinds for the accommodation of athletes and team officials.

This is not the first taste of Games success for two RSBi employees who will be especially keen to deliver a gold-class service. Barry Ward (28) won a gold medal for his part in the 4x100m metre triumph at the Shanghai Special Olympics in 2007 while Craig Connell (25) competed as Team GB’s football goalkeeper at London 2012’s Paralympics. Craig played a starring role as part of the seven-a-side team which recorded a famous victory over the USA.

Lesley commented: “Barry and Craig play an important part in our business. Their enthusiasm and dedication are proof of the lasting legacies which major sporting events can leave and it’s fitting that they will be involved in our team working on the new Glasgow 2014 contracts. We have to compete for contracts in the open market and it’s great to have this experience. Our products range has had to be spot on – right through to ensuring the curtains were blackened out to ensure the athletes get the best possible sleep!”

Dovetail Enterprises

Dovetail © Stuart Nicol PhotographyHeadquartered in Dundee, Dovetail Enterprises has over 160 years worth of experience manufacturing doors, furniture and beds. The supported business recently won two contracts to supply desks and mattress protectors for the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

As Sales & Marketing Manager Ann Jamieson explained, the contract win has strengthened their offer at a time when business is tough: “We have a staff of 56, many of whom are sight impaired or disabled. The market at the moment is challenging and winning business for Glasgow 2014 has given us all a lift. The eyes of the world will be focused on the Games and having an involvement in it is a source of pride for our staff. Even more importantly it gives us a new dimension to our portfolio and experience in procuring for new business. Good people are at the heart of our business. Manufacturing is a multi-stage process from planning, manufacture through to the final polish. It helps when the team understand how their products are being used. Our part may be small but the Games will have left an important legacy in our factory which will endure beyond this Summer”

NL Industries

NL © Stuart Nicol PhotographyNL Industries, launched in December 2013 and building on the on the skills of two established social enterprises, Beltane Products and Remploy, has won its highest profile contract to date with a fulfillment contact for the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. Based in the Netherton Industrial Estate in Wishaw, the supported business employs 37 people and will be involved in a contract for the distribution of equipment across the Village accommodation.

Manager William Gaffney, who has worked at the Netherton site since it opened, explained: “Our business has a broad range of services ranging from furnishing production through to assembly, refurbishment and maintenance. We are proud to be a supported business and many of our workers are planning to attend the Games as spectators. We are at the stage of trying to get the NL Industries name known and being associated with the Games will really help to put us on the map.The monetary value is welcome but we need to invest behind it to ensure all prospective customers know about our involvement. Timescales are really tight but it’s a great opportunity to show what we can do.”

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