Thames Valley Benefits from Olympics

7 June 2012, 06:00

Businesses in the South East have made more than £2.5 billion pounds by winning contracts to supply this Summer's Olympics.

A report out by the South East Partnership (SEP), the group set up to makes sure we benefit from the big event, shows more than 300 of those companies were in the Thames Valley.

Across the region more than 2300 schools got free tickets to events and £11 million's been spent improving sporting facilities.

Oona Muirhead from the SEP says having lots of athletes staying here will have a long-term impact; "We've got 60 overseas teams in the South East, that's the the highest number of all the regions, and that will forge links between the communities, the business and these overseas countries - the places where we'll be selling our good in the future."