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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

London 2012 contract opportunities

by Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Exec.

On Friday 18th September, we are hosting a free event where you can come along and find out how your business can get involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, along with other public sector procurement opportunities.

We're hosting the event in conjunction with the North West Business Network and the Commission for the New Economy, and there will be a number of presentations and case studies throughout the day (schedule below).

London 2012 expects to have around 7,000 direct contracts which, together with its suppliers, will form supply chains of around 75,000 opportunities. The opportunities will be in sectors ranging from construction, engineering and manufacturing to creative, merchandising and retail.
Construction has started on most of the sport venues and infrastructure projects being built for the Games. Procurement is now shifting into the supply chain and the fitting out of these projects. It is also anticipated that the procurement of goods and services linked to the organisation of the event will increase in early 2010 as LOCOG (The London Organising Committee) starts to procure more.

CompeteFor is the chosen site of London 2012 for the publication of London 2012 related contract opportunities. It acts as a brokerage service between buyers throughout the London 2012 supply chain and potential suppliers. Businesses of any size can use the CompeteFor brokerage service as a buyer or supplier of London 2012 goods and services. The event will include advice and practical demonstrations on how to use and get the best out of CompeteFor.

To register online for this event please go to


9:00am Arrival and registration

10:00am Welcome and introduction Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

10:10am Opportunities for the Greater Manchester City regionCecil Edey, Head of Enterprise,Commission for the New Economy

10:25am London 2012 Business Network- overview, including scale and scope of London 2012 contracting opportunities- how to access opportunities - tips on how to use CompeteFor and tender successfullyAnne Thompson, Sector Leader - SportNorth West Regional Development Agency

11:10am Coffee break

11:30am Case History - Public Sector ProcurementDave Derbyshire, Managing Director, Astra Signs

11:50am Case History - Commonwealth Games & Public Sector ProcurementJoanna Hartley, Vision Group

12:10pm How Business Link can support businesses in supplying to London 2012

12:20pm Q&A session

12:40pm Summary of event

12:50pm Close of event - Lunch and networking

Anne Thompson will be available at the end of the event to demonstrate CompeteFor and answer any of your questions.

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