YPO helps deliver the UCI Road World Championships
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YPO helps deliver the UCI Road World Championships

By Rhian Binns, Communications Officer

Cycling championship race



Everything from first aid and folding chairs to radios and lunch for event volunteers was procured for this year’s UCI Road World Championships with support from YPO. The Wakefield-based public sector procurement buying organisation provided the support to help deliver the UCI Road World Championships, as Yorkshire welcomed the world’s elite cyclists to test their endurance on the region’s roads.

As the riders pedaled through the county, Wakefield based public sector procurement specialist YPO worked closely with UCI Road World Championship organisers, Yorkshire 2019 Limited and UK Sport, to buy essential goods and services to support the event over a period of six months.

Where possible, local suppliers were used in the set up and operations of the international cycle race. This came to include the supply of more than 15km of barriers, 1,700 folding chairs, 6,050 packed lunches for the volunteers supporting the event, and more than 100 handheld radios for race officials.

YPO’s managing director, Simon Hill, said:

“It’s been a privilege to be involved in helping deliver a sporting global event in our region. The Championships have been one of the biggest sporting calendar moments to be hosted in the UK this year. Our role throughout the last six months has been to support race organisers and ensure that public funding has been utilised to its best possible effect. We’re also proud to have supported local businesses where possible so that Yorkshire firms gain maximum benefit from the race visiting the region.”

York-based Two Jays Catering supplied the workforce catering contract for the Championships while Bradford firm Blade Access supplied a crane for the broadcast satellite. In addition, traffic management and electricity for the Harrogate Fan Zone, near to where the race ended, include suppliers from Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

YPO provided additional resource to the Yorkshire 2019 team in the form of a secondment of two members of YPO’s procurement services team: shared services buyer, Amanda Quinn and category manager, Lesley Harper.

YPO is a public sector organisation, owned by 13 local authorities - meaning the mutual benefit of the relationship provides added value to the local economy, as well as potential savings to the public purse.

YPO was also central to the action at the ‘Fan Zone’ which took centre stage in Harrogate for nine days, full of exhibitors. Working with Yorkshire 2019, YPO attracted schools to the Fan Zone during weekdays, encouraging children and teachers to get involved in the event and design cycling jerseys and bikes as part of a competition.