Some 91% of the Olympic souvenirs weren’t manufactured in Britain. China alone manufactured two-thirds of the 194 products you can buy on the London 2012 website.
Team GB’s Olympic gear, designed by Stella McCartney, was made in a sweatshop in Indonesia. The British ale industry was left high and dry as Olympic officials picked Dutch lager Heineken as the official beer of London 2012.
So have the “greatest Games on earth” really been that great for UK businesses?
“It is obviously a real shame that local businesses have lost the opportunity to be part of the Olympics,” says Nick Green, founder of printing company, printed.com. “As the nation pays for the Olympics, it would be ideal to see that money go back into UK-based businesses.”
But could British printing companies produce tickets here? “Without a doubt. I am sure that had businesses got the opportunity, they would be able to offer extremely competitive pricing.”
Source: "Not made in Britain: how the Olympics got outsourced overseas" (London Loves Business)