Equestrian firm wins at a gallop

Simon Bowen and David Andrews with some of the raw material they use for the arenas.
Simon Bowen and David Andrews with some of the raw material they use for the arenas.
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A BLACKPOOL business has admitted it can’t answer the phone quickly enough after hogging the Olympic headlines.

Andrews Bowen provided the surface for the equestrian arena at London 2012.

Millions around the globe watched the action on TV, and the competition particularly caught the imagination across the UK because of Team GB’s success.

But for the company - based on Fleetwood Road, Singleton - the success story is only just beginning.

Joint director Simon Bowen said: “The exposure and publicity we got during the Olympics was huge and since then the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.

“A lot of people in our industry who probably weren’t going to change their equestrian surface have now decided they will, simply because they’ve seen what we provide and also because of the whole good vibe that came out of the Olympics.

“We were busy before the Olympics but now we are busier than we’ve ever been before.

“Hopefully it should lead to a real boost financially and in terms of our profile.

“The Olympics has certainly put us at the forefront of our business worldwide.”

The success of Andrews Bowen tallies with a new report, which suggests the Olympics can leave a lasting legacy for businesses in Lancashire.

In total, 270 North West businesses won more than 450 games-related contracts.

Fiona Castela, project manager at business advice network Enterprise Europe Network North West, said: “Construction companies have demonstrated they are capable of delivering at a world-class event and now is the perfect time to take this experience and prove that they can do the same abroad.”

Andrews Bowen, who will receive a further boost to its profile when the equestrian events begin at the Paralympics, have already received orders for work in Florida and Qatar later this year.