max temp: 11°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Lowestoft: Olympics helps Harrod UK shift the goal posts

16:06 05 December 2012

Les Saunders of Harrod UK

Les Saunders of Harrod UK

EDP pics © 2007

SPORTS equipment company Harrod UK has vowed to strengthen its global presence after hailing a “fantastic year” boosted by its role in the Olympic Games.


The Lowestoft-based firm was awarded the lucrative contract of being the single supplier for football and hockey equipment to the London 2012 games, which it said has helped increase its market share by 7%.

The move has paved the way for the company to explore new export opportunities, including the chance to supply equipment to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Les Saunders, sales and marketing manager of Harrod UK, said the company had recorded a turnover of £12million this year.

He said: “It has been a fantastic year for ‘made in Britain’ as UK manufacturers were able to be directly involved in the Olympic Games.

“For our export business, and in the worldwide market place, we have already had inquiries for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.

“Competition is tough in the UK market place, but the fact that we can keep shifting our goal posts is quite an achievement.

“Now we want to make our export market more robust. The Olympic Games has opened up lots of markets to us, and we have had interest from all over the world.

“This is a success story, but we need to turn that into business and our aim is to access markets in the Middle East, Australia and mainland Europe.”

The equipment Harrod UK supplied for the 2012 Olympic Games included goals, nets and shelters for football, hockey, paralympic football and wheelchair rugby.

It comes after the company, which employs 130 staff, supplied equipment for the UEFA Euro 2012 football championships, and the equipment for the St George’s Park National Football Centre, opened this year by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Harrod UK was first founded by Ron Harrod in 1954 when he used skills from the local fishing industry to convert herring nets into garden netting. The company has been based at the south Lowestoft industrial estate for 31 years.



The Leading Lives team receive their tropy at the Social Enterprise UK Awards in London.

Ipswich-based Leading Lives has been named Health and Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year at the Social Enterprise UK Awards.

The Hot Off The Press premises inTacket Stret, Ipswich, which the company has vacated after 25 years.

A printing company which has operated from the centre of Ipswich for 25 years has relocated – to a purpose-built log cabin in the owner’s garden.

Elaine and Nigel Bowen of Vanguard Communications.

Two businesses which receive support from Suffolk enterprise agency Menta have received Small Business Sunday awards from entrepreneur and former BBC Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

Wayne Seddon from The Bridge House in London receives his Adnams Pub of the Year award from chief operating officer Karen Hester.

Southwold-based Adnams has named The Bridge House, near London’s Tower Bridge, as its Pub of the Year.

Georgi Rollings, left, and Emma Lawrence of Starfish Accounting.

An Ipswich based provider of online company secretarial software has reached the landmark milestone of having 10,000 users.

Robert Hughes, managing director of Hughes Electrical, and Andy Yallop, store manager, at the company's new branch in Bury St Edmunds.

Hughes Electrical has opened the doors of its new store in Bury St Edmunds following a £200,000 investment which has also created six new jobs, doubling the size of its workforce in the town.

A file picture of the Sanofi factory in Haverhill.

More than 50 jobs are to be axed at the Haverhill site of pharmaceutical group Sanofi.

Barclays has been fined £72m by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Banking giant Barclays has been fined £72million by the City watchdog for failing to handle potential financial crime risks relating to a £1.88billion transaction for ultra high-net-worth clients.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere at the former sugar beet factory site off Sproughton Road.

A new Enterprize Zone involving 10 development sites across East Anglia, with the potential to create 18,500 jobs, was announced by Chancellor George Osborne today.

Natalie Moloney, of Woodbridge events firm Pink Lemonade Productions.

An entrepreneur is up for a fifth business award since her event planning company launched last year.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24