Posted: Tue 4th Nov 2014

Deeside companies revved up for World Rally Championship boost.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Nov 4th, 2014

The imminent arrival of the FIA World Rally Championship to Deeside will bring with it considerable commercial benefits for Deeside based companies.
Many local businesses will be supporting the Wales Rally GB which is being held between 13th and 16th November, maximising the huge opportunities a major global sporting event brings to our doorsteps
Jolly Good Van Hire who has a branch in Deeside will this year be donating and hireing out a large number of transit-style vans and minibuses are all less than a year old, they will be performing a number of vital roles in the setting up and running of what’s a top international event with considerable infrastructure.
Antony Frost from Jolly Good Van Hire said

“Covering so much of north Wales, the event is fantastic for us as we have branches in Deeside, Newtown, Shrewsbury and Wrexham.

It’s going to be great to see so many of our vehicles – all logoed up – right at the heart of the rally.

We will also have a number of branded camper vans out there – they all have a special QR code on them as part of a special WRGB competition that we are running.”     
Farralls Transport in Deeside, meanwhile, is generously providing warehouse accommodation for FIA World Rally Championship television’s production team, thus ensuring that coverage of the dramatic competitive action – as well as the equally spectacular Welsh landscape – is beamed right around the globe.
Praxis Holdings is another local business providing space in Deeside. This time it’s land for the bespoke park & ride service that will ensure thousands of visitors can experience all the entertainment at the buzzing Wales Rally GB Service Park.
Hannamans – also based in Deeside – is assisting with the provision of forklift trucks and driver training: Hickory’s is assisting with catering at what’s going to be a dazzling Opening Ceremony at Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay, while Flintshire County Council is providing Waste Management Support.
And it isn’t only businesses that are supporting the World Championship round; as last year, Coleg Cambria is making its workshops available for official scruntineering and a number of its students will be gaining invaluable work experience within the rally organisation.
“We are delighted that so many local businesses are not just supporting Wales Rally GB, but really taking advantage of it,” said Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Wales Rally GB.

“As a major international event, the rally presents a massive amount of commercial and promotional opportunities and so it’s great to see a growing number of companies profiting from its presence in north Wales.” 
Welsh Government Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, said:

“Hosting major sporting events in Wales not only helps raise the profile nationally and internationally but brings very real benefits to local businesses, who are able to become involved in supplying the event and providing high quality Welsh goods and services to event owners, competitors, visitors and spectators. This local economic impact is clearly in evidence this year in north and mid Wales where all local partners are preparing for what we hope will be the best Wales Rally GB yet.”
Its estimated that the Rally last year was worth around £10m to the local north Wales economy…


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