A leading accountancy firm has been announced as the third sponsor for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Ernst & Young signed a deal with the Glasgow 2014 organising committee on Thursday to become the official professional adviser to the Games.
The announcement was made by First Minister Alex Salmond and Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith, marking the opening of the company's new offices in the city centre.
Arthur Young, one of Ernst & Young's founders, was born in the city in 1863 and was later educated at Glasgow University. He set up Arthur Young & Company, before it merged with Ernst & Whinney in 1989 to create Ernst & Young.
Lord Smith said: "Ernst & Young is a fantastic addition to the Glasgow 2014 family, and bring with them unparalleled expertise in professional services. By becoming an official supporter for the Games, they have made a strong statement of their support for this country by investing in what will be a truly outstanding Games.
"Working across the globe, Ernst & Young are successfully blending business, culture and sport in Scotland, for their clients, staff and the people of Glasgow."
Mr Salmond said: "I'm delighted to welcome Ernst & Young as the third official supporter of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games announced in as many weeks. One of Ernst & Young's founders - Arthur Young - was born in Glasgow and it is fitting that the firm will now help bring this fantastic sporting event to his home city.
"The involvement of this major international company is a significant step forward for the Games, and its support, alongside that of the other sponsors, will help ensure that we see a fantastic Games delivered on time and on budget."
Douglas Nisbet, managing partner at Ernst & Young's Glasgow office, said: "We are extremely proud to be the first global business to pledge its support for Glasgow 2014 and believe our heritage, our history and our position at the heart of the city makes us a natural partner for the Games.
"Our aim of creating a sustainable legacy for our Scottish practice, underlined by the investment in our new office, mirrors the goals of the Games' organisers.
"We are committed to providing Glasgow 2014 with world-class professional services support as we work together to achieve those goals and deliver a successful Games that Glasgow and Scotland can be proud of."
Earlier this month, law firm Harper Macleod was unveiled as the first official sponsor of the Games. It will provide services including legal support on commercial contracts, sponsorship, broadcasting, anti-doping and licensing. Recruitment firm Search Consultancy was also announced as a sponsor last week.
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