UK companies win 2012 business

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More than 1,000 UK businesses to date have won contracts worth over £5bn from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as the venues and infrastructure needed for the London 2012 Games and legacy continue to take shape.

These contracts have in turn created thousands more supply chain opportunities. The new figures published show that small businesses continue to win the bulk of work and that the supply chains are spread across the UK. For example a Scottish company has designed the electrical substation, a Welsh company is providing the steel for the Aquatics Centre roof and a company from Bolton is providing the steel for the Olympic Stadium. Delivering the London 2012 Games requires a huge range of goods, works and services from an enormous variety of firms, from construction, engineering and manufacturing to creative, merchandising and retail. Of the 1, 036 suppliers that have won £5bn worth of work with the ODA:•98% are UK based •68% are small and medium sized (where company size is known) •46% are based outside London •One in 10 are based in one of the five Host London Boroughs. Meanwhile, 10 London women have completed their training to become bus drivers on the Olympic Park as part of the London 2012 Women's Project. The Project aims to place 50 women in hands–on roles in the Olympic Park every year up to its completion in 2011. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has been working with social enterprise Hackney Community Transport to deliver training to enable women to become bus drivers. The women, most of whom were previously unemployed, will now move onto work placements as part of their preparation for working on the Olympic Park from the Spring. ODA chairman John Armitt said: "I'm pleased to say the Women's Project is having notable success in employing women on the Olympic Park site. The programme is open to women across the capital and provides training and support for those seeking work on the Park and in the industry generally. Since April 2008, 280 women have been supported and of those 79 have gone on to secure work on the Park. The result of our partnership with Hackney Community Transport has meant that the number of female bus drivers on the Olympic Park will increase from 1 to 11. "Semra Kamil Yusuf completed the programme: "I was unemployed for five years, lost my confidence and self esteem, found it very difficult to get into employment. I looked into courses that I could do that would lead to employment and I found this programme. Gaining employment has changed my life tremendously as I was very depressed and had a lack of confidence. This has helped me financially, emotionally and socially. My life has turned around again. I am excited to be part of London 2012. "Rudo Kalinda also completed the programme. She said: "I was excited that Hackney Community Transport won the London 2012 contract–a local company supporting a big international event that is going to change lives of our community. I wanted to be part of that and do my bit for the community whilst doing what I enjoy. 'Life is for living so enjoy what you do', that's my new motto. Thank you for letting me be part of it. "The women were presented with their training certificates at Stratford Town Hall on 7 September 2009, following a tour around the Olympic Park with their family and friends. If they wish, the women can continue to work for Hackney Community Transport once their contracts finish in 2011.

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