More than £500 million in Olympic Games contracts have been won by firms in the West Midlands, it has emerged.
The region’s spin-offs from the London Games were revealed as the countdown to next year’s event passed the 500 day mark.
Birmingham’s sport scrutiny committee heard that the contracts have been evenly spread throughout the city and region. The contracts include design and building work on areas of the Olympic Village, legal services, consultancy, architectural services, lighting, signage, safety clothing and equipment, building materials supply, catering, AV equipment and website design.
There remains further opportunities to bid for both Games contracts and legacy contracts.
The committee is reviewing the city’s exploitation of Olympic opportunities as the July 2012 Games approaches.
Council sports official Mike Osborne said: “The West Midlands has been the most successful region in attracting Olympic contracts after London and the South-east.
“Contracts have been awarded to firms in nine out of 10 Birmingham constituencies, only Hodge Hill so far has not received any, so we are looking at that.”
He said that efforts were continuing to secure even more Olympic business for the region. But added that firms are told not to publicise their success as major multi-national firms, such as McDonald’s pays substantial sums to have its brand linked to the Games.
It has also emerged that 10,000 people from the region have volunteered to work at the games in the capital next summer, with a range of duties including tourist information officers, event marshalls, medical support and IT technicians.
A total of 200,000 people have put their names forward for the 70,000 jobs, but West Midlanders will get an opportunity to help out at the American and Jamaican training camps in the run up to the Games.
And next month organisers are expected to announce that Birmingham will be one of the stopping points on the three month Oympic torch tour of the UK.
Mr Osborne added: “When people see the torch passing through it will be the first time people realise that the Olympics have arrived.”
Some 8,000 Brits will have the chance to carry the torch, of which half will be aged 12-24.
The committee also reviewed the Olympic legacy for the region, which includes the expansion of Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr to accommodate the American Track and Field Team training camp.
While the confirmation of the Jamaican team’s training camp at the University of Birmingham will coincide with celebrations of the Caribbean island’s 50th anniversary of independence.
City leader Mike Whitby said: “The 2012 Olympic Games are the national games and we have been determined from day one to ensure Birmingham is at the heart of this UK wide celebration of sport and culture.
“The presence of the world’s best athletes from the USA and Jamaica will mean Birmingham is in the international media spotlight next year but that is only part of the story.
“We’ve laid the groundwork by attracting two of the premier training camps to Birmingham and work is well underway to ensure a lasting economic, cultural and sporting legacy for people across the city.”