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UK firms in the running for £750m Taipei games contracts

6 Sep 12 The UK and Taipei have signed an agreement that will give British firms access to sports contracts worth some £750m.

Taipei City Government's Mayor Hau and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) chief executive Nick Baird signed a memorandum of understanding to develop deeper relations between the UK and Taipei City as it prepares to deliver the 2017 Universiade for elite university athletes.

The agreement, signed at a global sports projects summit at the British Business Embassy, is intended to help UK companies to capitalise on business opportunities associated with future global sporting events including the 2017 Universiade, for which contracts are expected to total £750m. It will also enable Taipei City to benefit from the UK’s experience of staging the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

“Following the unparalleled success of the London 2012 Games, UK Trade & Investment is helping British firms identify, win and deliver contracts for major sporting events all around the world,” said Baird. “The 2017 Universiade represents a major opportunity for UK firms to export their expertise. This collaboration with Taipei City will help the UK maximise the economic legacy of the 2012 Games, and support Taipei as it delivers a world class competition.“

UKTI said that UK companies have a strong record of winning infrastructure contracts in Taiwan, and opportunities are expected to including infrastructure, event planning and management, security, low carbon technology and marketing. 

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