Specialist construction services firm the Elliott Thomas Group was today awarded the 500th licence from the British Olympic Association (BOA) through the London 2012 Supplier Recognition Scheme.
This first-of-its-kind programme, which was launched less than 100 days ago on 27 January, offers thousands of eligible companies who supplied goods and services for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the opportunity to market their involvement. Upon receipt of the free licence, companies are able to promote their work at trade shows, expos and on their company website; apply for industry awards; and use their involvement in direct pitches and tender documentation when competing for international contracts. Additionally, the licence provides businesses with exclusive access to the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) library of more than 4,000 photographic images from the project, at no cost.
Companies that do not acquire a licence may continue to make factual statements about their work.
The scheme is managed by the British Olympic Association, which received a grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to establish and administer the programme. Over 80% of the applications that have been received thus far have been approved, and licenses have been awarded to businesses from all four Home Nations.
In the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Elliott Thomas Group provided vital on-site construction service activities in the Olympic Village which included the multi service provision of management, local labour, tools and materials to keep the project clean, tidy and running efficiently. Daily activities for their staff included housekeeping & on-site waste management, traffic/delivery management & material distribution, fire safety & environmental management, machine operators (forklift), scaffolding & temporary builders work and site security. Additionally, through their subsidiary division Taylor’s Hoists, the Elliott Thomas Group provided passenger goods hoists to BAA at Heathrow Airport and at Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Elliott Thomas Group operates across all sectors of the construction industry and across all regions. It is also proud to play an active role in the community by employing apprentices, local labour and supporting local teams and individuals.
John Self, Managing Director of the Elliott Thomas Group said:
“The Elliott Thomas Group is extremely proud to be associated with London 2012. The event was spectacular and easily lived up to its billing of ‘the greatest show on earth’. It was a fantastic example of what this nation can achieve when we work together. The way the construction industry worked collaboratively to build the facilities was, in my opinion, the finest example of what can be achieved with the right funding and attitude. We feel privileged to have been involved in this incredible success and being recognised for our part, through the Supplier Recognition Scheme, is a wonderful endorsement of our services.”
Along with the Elliott Thomas Group many of the other companies who have now been granted their licence have expressed their satisfaction with the benefits of the programme.
Mark Bouch, Managing Director, Leading Change:
“We thought the Supplier Recognition Scheme was great. It was incredibly simple to operate and helped us to get a relevant designation for the service we provided to the London 2012 Games.
“As a sub-contractor we wanted to share in the positive legacy of the London 2012 Games and make the most of the opportunity to tell the story about our contribution. Without the Supplier Recognition Scheme this would have remained our best kept secret. Our letter of recognition from the Director of ODA Transport provided all the evidence required and I could hardly believe how quickly our application was processed. We have now written a short case study to use it in our marketing portfolio which has received a very positive response and a number of enquiries about how Leading Change can support mission rehearsal and operational readiness.”
Wyn Fanshawe, Director, Capture the Event said:
“For a small British company, the London 2012 Supplier Recognition Scheme makes all our hard work and perseverance over the last three years justifiable, and a tangible benefit in return for our significant investment. In supplying personal London 2012 mementos to athletes, coaches, official, volunteers, sponsors, spectators and the British public via our onsite and online platforms, we have an unrivalled case study. Combined with experience gained and lessons learned from London 2012, we have a template for other major events which we can now refer to as a result of the Supplier Recognition Scheme. We found the collation and submission of the data required to be straight-forward, and we were delighted with the speed with which we received BOA approval.”
Shirley Brooks, Marketing Manager, Arup said:
“Applying for the BOA licence was a straightforward process. Our licence, together with accompanying clear guidelines arrived quickly. We are delighted that we are now in the position of being able to discuss the extensive work Arup undertook to help deliver the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“We believe the new licence will enable organisations involved in the delivery of the Games to promote their contribution and discuss their skills with a global audience, which will help British business in overseas markets. The terms of the license also enable us to reference our work when bidding for new commissions which means we can demonstrate the extraordinary expertise and innovation that was involved in delivering a spectacular and successful Olympic Games.”
Tony Murphy, Managing Director, Hamilton Deed said:
“We are very proud of the work that our people did during London 2012 and are glad that we can now offer recognition to them officially for the hard work and clear advice they provided to LOCOG during the Games. Being able to advertise the fact with the support of Supplier Recognition Scheme 2012 can only help in promoting the best practices that underpinned the successful delivery of the Games.
“UK Business delivered and those companies that were a part of that, including ourselves, have a wonderful opportunity to let people know about it.”