Laser Process Ltd
Upper Keys, Keys Park
So the fireworks are spent, the athletes have returned home- as have the spectators, the volunteers have gone back to their day jobs and the doubters have crawled back under their stones. The Olympics have been and gone – but what an Olympics!
To paraphrase Lord Coe;
The venues and infrastructure in general were fantastic – we did it right.
The opening and closing ceremonies were incredible – we did it right.
The ‘Gamesmakers’ were exactly that – we did it right.
The organisation was spot on – we did it right.
Even the weather! – we did it right.
All of this together with fantastic, world beating, efforts from the athletes gave us the best Olympic Games there have ever been and we were able to show the world exactly why we are GREAT Britain.
But wait a minute! Are we British really surprised that ‘we got it right’. That’s what we do – we get it right. British manufacturing has been getting it right for centuries. We have led the world in innovation and manufacturing techniques and, although we do not have the expanse of manufacturing we once had, we are still doing it.
We are hearing now that the government is keen to see that the success of our athletes is maintained over the coming years and has already committed to keeping funding levels at the existing rate. They are (allegedly) keen to redevelop sports in schools to produce the medal winners of the future, and as a by-product, improve the health of the nation.
Perhaps the government, in the same vein, could offer some real, ongoing, support to British manufacturing. I’m sure it would do just as much to improve the health of the nation.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the support being offered to sport – quite the opposite. The selling off of playing fields and the removal of competition from schools over the last thirty years has been nothing short of a disgrace but let’s have help for a major facet of the economy – one that can turn round our fortunes, and will - given half a chance.