Local firm on track for Le Tour

EIB Group director Chris Powell
EIB Group director Chris Powell

A Halifax company will be providing more than 50 kilometres of barriers along the Yorkshire stages of this year’s Tour de France.

EIB Group, based at the Brow Mills Industrial Estate in Hipperholme, were approached to supply the barriers after successfully installing in excess of 30 kilometres of them for the road race and time trials at the London Olympics in 2012.

EIB also annually supply barriers for the Tour of Britain and employs more than 40 staff locally.

The firm also supplies perimeter fencing and staging for large festivals such as Bingley Music Live, Beatherder Festival, Leeds Festival and Beacons Festival and have worked at venues such as Wembley and Old Trafford.

Previous clients have included British Cycling, the Rugby Football League, Gillette, Pringles, Asda and the British Heart Foundation.

Managing director Chris Powell, who was born in Halifax and attended Brighouse High School, said: “Over the weekend of the Tour de France we will be installing in excess of 20,000 barriers and fencing across the course.

“We are very proud to be working on the Tour De France in our own region.

“We have also supplied mobile grandstand seating on the start line in Leeds for the Grand Depart as well as bike racking for 3,000 bikes across the region for secure parking.

“The operation will require 400 labour days and a large fleet of vehicles to deploy the barriers across the region.”