Ford firm wins £750,000 stadium contract

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Workers at a Ford company have clinched a £750,000-plus deal to supply a new football stadium.

The European Office Products employees on the Rudford Industrial Estate will be providing thousands of chairs and hundreds of tables to Brighton and Hove FC’s ground.

Phil Bath, European Office Products’ marketing director, said: “This is a fantastic start to the year for our company, which continues to go from strength to strength in a tough economic climate.

“It’s great to see a big club investing in local business and we’re proud to be able to deliver a consistently-competitive package and be selected above bigger players because of it.”

Brighton and Hove Albion FC chief executive Martin Perry said: “Everything at the stadium is extremely high-quality and European won the contract because they offer good value and a creative, flexible approach with a proven ability to supply the club with our furniture requirements in the past.

“We are delighted to be able to honour our commitment to supporting local businesses.”

The club will soon be moving into its American Express Community Stadium.

More than 100 club staff will be working in the stadium daily and 300-plus on match days. All will require furniture, along with hospitality areas.