Monday, 9 January 2012

200 Days to go

Today marks 200 days to go until the start of the London2012 Olympics (633 until the Paralympics).  To mark this occasion I was invited to go and visit Spearmark Ltd with Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister.  Spearmark are a Cambridgeshire Company based in Eaton Socon who have won a contract to provide a number of items of Olympics memorabilia (lunch boxes, water bottles, plastic plates etc.)

The visit was really useful for me, it clarified a number of messages I have heard about the potential of the Olympics to help businesses during the current tough times.  Spearmark were quite clear that winning this contract meant that 2012 gave them a platform to invest in their business and plan for future growth in a way that would not otherwise have been possible.

With Alex Bloom MD of Spearmark -London 2012 products behind
This is very important for Cambridgeshire because we have had 34 companies win Olympics contracts; in the East of England we are second only to Essex in terms of the number of contracts that have been won, which means that our economy will get a bigger boost than others.  That, alongside plans such as the Enterprise Zone on the old Alconbury site and superfast broadband, show that Cambridgeshire is very much looking forwards.

Finally, a thanks to Spearmark for their hospitality today.

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