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ODA urges South East businesses to 'CompeteFor' London 2012 contracts

11 June 2009

More than 500 South East companies heard from John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), today about the diverse business opportunities emerging from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The 2012 Conference was organised by Business Link and SEEDA, the South East England Development Agency. Speaking at the event, John Armitt said, “We want to help South East businesses take advantage of the opportunities available and get involved in the largest project this country has seen for generations.”

"CompeteFor is already helping companies access this work and I urge businesses to sign up. Companies of all sizes from different sectors across the country have already won work directly with the ODA. Some contracts are still to be placed but the bulk of opportunities are now through our contractors and the supply chain."

Over 13,000 companies in the South East have registered at www.CompeteFor.com, an online ‘dating agency’ that acts as a brokerage service between London 2012 and other public sector buyers and small and medium sized suppliers.

Other speakers at the Conference included Pam Alexander, SEEDA Chief Executive; Morag Stuart, ODA Head of Procurement; Giles Long MBE, triple Paralympic swimming gold medallist; and Ashton Hunt, General Manager for BT Local Business. BT is an official LOCOG Tier One partner. Presentations focused on supply chain opportunities over the next six months as well as the construction of the Olympic Park.

Paul Toben, Business Link 2012 Programme Manager explained, "Thousands of London 2012 supply chain contracts are still up for grabs and many of the large contractors supplying the ODA directly will be sub-contracting out pieces of that work. Smaller firms can get their fair share but they need to take the right approach and get important policies and processes in place in order to bid. Business Link is here to help companies to bid for new work."

Pam Alexander said, "A total of 13,045 regional companies have already registered on CompeteFor and are starting to win contracts – one of our messages to companies today is that you have to be in it to win it. This is a great opportunity for the region’s businesses to bid for contracts that will secure valuable business and future contracts, stimulate job creation and help increase sustainable economic growth. At a time of considerable economic uncertainty these are contracts we can be sure will go ahead."

During the two day visit to the South East, John Armitt was a guest at the Kent County Council hosted breakfast attended by over 100 business representatives. He also visited successful local companies that are already involved in 2012, including:

  • Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering, which has a facility in Aylesford, Kent, completed a project to develop the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), the location for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games sailing event.
  • Sunray Engineering, Ashford is producing and installing high specification specialist steel doors for strategic London 2012 buildings.
  • Creative Technology Ltd, Crawley, supplies video project and big screens and is working on the London 2012 Games.

A total of 18 contracts so far have been awarded to companies in the region through CompeteFor brokerage, worth over £2 million. This is in addition to the 148 South East companies that have supplied the ODA directly. Today’s event was organised by SEEDA and Business Link to encourage more companies to sign up.

Just yesterday, Hillier Nurseries was selected to provide the majority of the trees from their Hampshire nursery for the London 2012 Olympic Park. The 145 year old family-owned company has won 64 consecutive Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Companies at the event attended Business Link’s ‘Bid Writing’ workshops and 1-2-1 clinics about bidding for both London 2012 and other public sector contracts. Companies of any size who wish to find out more about getting involved with the bidding for 2012 opportunities should contact Business Link on 0845 600 9 006, visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/southeast/2012.

For media enquiries, please contact:

David Quilter, Press Officer, SEEDA
Tel: 01483 470 155;
Email: davidquilter@seeda.co.uk

Tanya Reed, Media Relations Manager, SEEDA
Tel: 01483 484200
Email: pressoffice@seeda.co.uk

Francesca Fogell, Business Link Regional PR Executive
Tel: 01483 713343
Email: Francesca.fogell@businesslinksurrey.co.uk

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