Hoyland firm ‘snubbed’ by Olympic committee

SOUTH Yorkshire companies hoping to cash in from work from the 2012 Olympics can think again, it has been claimed.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher reacted in disgust to the news that a Hoyland manufacturing company was supposedly cast aside because its base was too far from the capital city.

It comes after family-run business Wybone, which makes and supplies street furniture, was overlooked for a contract because it had not worked on the Olympic park before.

Wybone applied to be considered for a contract through the ‘CompeteFor’ programme, that puts businesses in touch with contract opportunities from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in collaboration with the London Organisation Committee.

Mr Dugher has written to the chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe, to protest at the apparent unfairness of the awarding process.

He said: “This is just not good enough. Particularly at this difficult economic time, small to medium-sized companies in South Yorkshire, and across the whole country, should be able to benefit from the opportunities provided by Britain hosting the Olympics”.

Helen Miles, of Wybone said the firm was marked down on environmental considerations. She branded the decision as “ludicrous.”