Olympics Ink Deal Causes Anger In The UK

2012-02-10 09:37:08

Published on 2012-02-10 09:37:08

A printer ink deal signed ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games has been met with uproar after it the contract was given to American firm Weldon, Williams & Lick.

The contract will see the company print the bulk of the tickets that will be used for the Games and is said to be the UK's biggest single ticket requirement for a sporting event.

However, the move has drawn criticism from certain quarters in the UK, not just because of the perceived shun towards British industry but also because the tickets will need to be freighted 4,500 miles to reach Britain.

Lawrence Webb, Ukip's candidate for London mayor, said: "This is a kick in the guts to British firms who would have been desperate to secure such a lucrative contract but it looks like they did not even get the opportunity to bid.

"There seems to be a track record in this country of not putting British businesses first."

Around 8.8 million tickets for the Olympics as well as two million for the Paralympics have gone on sale to the public in Britain in the past year.

Posted by Canzil Ahmed.

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