Invest NI and Deloitte help local companies bid for business from 2012 Games

Former Irish cricket coach Adrian Birrell encouraged Northern Ireland companies to bid for business from the 2012 Games. He is pictured, left, with other speakers at the event Maurice Patterson, Invest NI,Danny Bowerin, Deloitte Communications Manager 2012 Olympic Games, and Robbie Balfour, SportsBiz

Ten Northern Ireland construction, engineering and building supply companies have met major contractors working on construction projects for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. One-to-one meetings between the local companies and key contractors such as Balfour Beatty, Crossrail and McAlpines were lined up by Invest Northern Ireland.

The visit was the most recent in a series of initiatives to assist local companies in tendering for work flowing from the Olympics and Paralympics. Invest NI has staged a number of special networking events including the visit to London and a briefing event in association with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and Deloitte - the official professional services provider to the Games.

Companies on the London visit also took part in networking events involving other UK companies carrying out infrastructure and construction contracts at the Olympic Park, as well as meeting senior representatives of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

In addition, around 60 local companies attended a recent briefing and networking event at the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick, led by Adrian Birrell - the inspirational former coach of the successful Ireland cricket team in the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

The other speakers were Danny Bowerin, Deloitte’s London 2012 Communications Manager, and Maurice Patterson, Invest NI’s Head of Trade Sectors.

Commenting on both events Maurice Patterson, Invest NI’s Head of Trade Sectors, said: “We continue to seek out opportunities for local companies, both large and small, to share in the business benefits arising from the Games.

“This includes arranging meetings with the Tier 1 contractors already working at the site and assisting companies to register with CompeteFor, the web portal for tenders for products and services sought by the organisers. A key focus for us is to encourage our companies to become part of the supply chain of major contractors involved in the construction projects and providing supplies such as food and drink to the Games.

“Around 20 local companies have already won business from the Games including Brett Martin, Lagan Holdings and McAvoy Group who have secured major contracts. Other companies have won business to supply products or services to other contractors through their supply chain links.

“The events in London and Northern Ireland will help companies understand the steps they need to take to improve their ability to compete for new business from the Games,” he added.

Mr Bowerin urged companies in Northern Ireland to apply lessons from the world of sport to their businesses to maximise the chances of biddingsuccessfully for contracts.

“Deloitte’s role in supporting the Games is to helpthe London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) build a world class organisation, to stage memorable Games, and leave a lasting economic, sporting and social legacy,” he said.

“Delivering the 2012 Games will require a vast array of goods, works and services worth
around £700million, and procurement is well underway for the 5,000 direct listed with LOGOC. The aim of today’s seminar is to help Northern Ireland businesses understand how they can benefit from the Games as well as exploring the opportunity pipeline.”