Olympics task force rubber stamped

SUFFOLK'S cabinet was today being asked to approve the establishment of a task force to bring benefits to the county from the 2012 Olympics.It was expected to endorse a business plan which is being drawn up to ensure that the county does not lose out from the work to bring the Olympics to London in five years time.

SUFFOLK'S cabinet was today being asked to approve the establishment of a task force to bring benefits to the county from the 2012 Olympics.

It was expected to endorse a business plan which is being drawn up to ensure that the county does not lose out from the work to bring the Olympics to London in five years time.

Officers are warning their political leaders that the county needs to act now to get a boost from the games - and not see skilled workers migrate to London during the build-up.

Among the proposals are to hold a sport enterprise hub at the new UCS which is due to take its first students later this year.

Without intervention from authorities, the eastern region of Britain could lose £200 million which will be sucked towards east London.

However by promoting the area there could be a positive benefit for the county and the region as a whole.

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The Suffolk Partnership Group - made up of representatives from across the county - estimates that it needs to spend £135,000 a year for the next three years to prepare and manage a business plan for the county.

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