Paralympian leads Herts 2012 campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:26 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010

CALLING all local businesses – don t miss your chance to find out how to get involved with the London 2012 Games. Paralympian Giles Long will visit St Albans on Thursday November 5 to talk to businesses about getting ready for the London 2012 Games. Giles

CALLING all local businesses - don't miss your chance to find out how to get involved with the London 2012 Games.

Paralympian Giles Long will visit St Albans on Thursday November 5 to talk to businesses about getting ready for the London 2012 Games.

Giles, a medal-winning swimmer, will be at Sopwell House Hotel for a special business breakfast starting at 7.30am. It is hoped is inspirational story about excelling at the very highest level of sport will encourage delegates to make the most of the London 2012 Games.

Organised by Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners, Business Link East and Stevenage Borough Council, business people are invited to our free business breakfast to discover the opportunities the London 2012 Games is offering. Important information about London 2012's procurement system - CompeteFor - will be available from Business Link experts, as well as support throughout the procurement process.

In addition to enjoying a cooked breakfast, meeting a Paralympic medallist and finding out about the new Olympic White Water Canoe Centre under construction in Hertfordshire, the breakfast is also a great opportunity to network with other local business people.

These events are very popular so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. For more information and to make a booking either log onto www.bookevents.org, call 0845 601 1000 or textphone 01707 398390.

Cllr Derrick Ashley, Hertfordshire County Council's Champion for the 2012 Games and Executive Member for Planning, said: "Our message is act now and get your business ready to take advantage of the opportunities the London 2012 Games have to offer. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we don't want local businesses to miss out.

"Hertfordshire businesses, large and small, already have contracts as suppliers and service providers for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We hope you will be interested in finding out how your business can benefit.

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