Government now seeking new supplier head of TT 2024
Government has terminated its contract with Cube International for the supply and production of Isle of Man TT Races merchandise.
It’s happened with immediate effect due to the company being in breach of its contract terms.
That's despite Cube International saying, in August, it was continuing to trade through 'historic challenges' - and designing a new range of goods in 2024 - after part of its group went into liquidation.
Enterprise Minister Tim Johnston told Manx Radio when the tender process opened last year, two companies applied, but Cube had a strong reputation:
In an extended statement, Mr Johnston added: "The department has been required to take this action as Cube International Ltd have failed to fulfil their required financial obligations attached to this contract within the stipulated period and are in breach of their contract terms.
"The decision to terminate has not been taken lightly and is the result of circumstances that have rapidly become untenable, however the provision and supply of official merchandise plays an essential role within the TT’s overarching strategy and is also a key source of income for many retailers as well as the department and it is our responsibility to act to protect the interests of all involved parties.
"It is acknowledged that the termination of this contract will be unsettling for many of the Island’s businesses and retailers and whilst the department works to facilitate the essential supply and delivery ahead of the 2024 TT Races, the priority of the department is to work closely with those that will have been impacted by the termination of contract."
The department says it's been in contact with all wholesale retailers and suppliers that have worked with the company prior to the contract being terminated.
A tender process will be run to appoint a new partner – government says this will happen ahead of the 2024 event.