Bleep aims for new contracts

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A Leyland company which drove the multi-million pound merchandise sales at last summer’s Olympic Games is bidding for further lucrative deals.

Bleep UK, which has a base on Lancaster Gate in the town, fitted the 107 shops at the London Games with its electronic payment technology, which ensured millions of visitors left with gifts from the global event.

It is now targeting contracts for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, and has fitted shops at Premier League football clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Lancashire-born managing director Gordon Bolton said: “The Olympic Games is the biggest project in the world, so we were up against the best for this contract.

“For a company from Leyland to not only win it, but then work with the Games’ organisers and the retailers to ensure we got the right product, was the best advertising we could have.

“It has opened a lot of doors for us, and we are in consideration for the Commonwealth Games.”

The company was named Technology Vendor of the Year at the Retail Systems Awards.

Mr Bolton said the company expected to announce further major deals to install its technology.

Bleep UK was founded in Leyland more than 30 years ago, and has supplied its technology to some of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturers, including Japanese giant Toshiba.

Bolton added: “In our industry, people come to us because, in their words, they cannot produce the quality of product we can.

“That tells me that we are manufacturing and supplying a world-leading product from Lancashire, and that is a great story to be able to tell.”