New Opportunities for local companies at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Pictured (right) at Invest NI’s Commonweath Games information seminar in Cookstown is Steve Harper from the McAvoy Group in Dungannon with Invest NI's Vicky Kell and Chairman of Cookstown District Council, Councillor John McNamee.

Invest Northern Ireland is urging local companies to gain a share of the £2.4 billion worth of export opportunities developing from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Glasgow 2014 will be the biggest multi-sports event in Scotland’s history and will require the procurement of goods, works and services from an extensive range of companies over the next four years.

Over 70 Northern Ireland businesses from across a range of sectors attended an Invest NI information seminar held recently in Cookstown, to find out how they can gain access to, and successfully compete for, the contract opportunities on offer.

Key speakers were: Chris Bell, of Business Information Publications (BiP) Solutions; Brian Furlong, Interserve Director of Business Development for Scotland and Northern Ireland; Janis Simpson Mahoney of Global Education Limited and Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director.

Dr Kell explained: “Contracts of all types and value will be emerging as the development of the infrastructure, facilities and staging of the 2014 Commonwealth Games gets underway. This presents Northern Ireland companies with a unique opportunity to win new business, supplying Glasgow 2014 contractors with a wide range of services.

“To find out about and compete for these contracts, local companies need to register on the Commonwealth Games Business Portal. This site will bring together all of the contractors and suppliers who wish to bid for work and provide advice on how to approach the tendering process.

“Invest NI is committed to helping local companies take maximum advantage of this opportunity. Our support is designed to build the skills and capability of those interested firms, to enable them to compete effectively for Glasgow 2014 business and for future export contracts.”

Councillor John McNamee, Chairman of Cookstown District Council added “This event is very timely, as Cookstown District Council has also been active in supporting local businesses through Cookstown’s Multi-Sectoral Tendering Programme which provides direct assistance to 80 SME’s from our district to identify new tender opportunities and prepare professional bids to win new work.

“To date, this programme has been very successful with several lucrative contracts being won by local companies. I fully endorse the work being undertaken by Invest NI to highlight tender opportunities arising from the Commonwealth Games and would urge local companies to get involved and capitalise on this unique opportunity.”