Quality key to success in London 2012 games

Invest Northern Ireland is assisting companies to improve their ability to win business from the London 2012 Games by focusing resources on quality.

Eighteen local companies took part in an Invest NI workshop on Quality Management Systems. They were briefed about the importance of established and accredited quality systems when bidding for contracts tendered through the CompeteFor website.

The workshop featured presentations on quality management systems, Invest NI’s support for companies wishing to develop such systems and a briefing on business opportunities currently available for companies which register on the CompeteFor website. Around 1,200 local companies have already registered on this internet service.

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director, commenting on the workshop, said: “Assisting companies to compete for London 2012 business is one of our priorities. We’ve already organised a series of briefing seminars and visits to the Olympic site as part of our drive to encourage companies to position themselves to bid for the business.

“A key requirement for companies wishing to bid for business through the website is that they show they have established quality management systems, because the organisers are keen to ensure that quality underpins all the infrastructural projects associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It’s essential, therefore, that companies have the right systems in place to enable to qualify for business. We can help companies in developing quality management systems through our Technical Assistant Unit. Indeed, we are already working with a number of local companies,” added Dr Kell.

“Additional opportunities are coming on stream through supply chain of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. All these contracts over 20,000 will go onto CompeteFor. By being well-qualified on this portal our companies can also demonstrate their capability to bid for similar work,” added Dr Kell.

Companies registering and publishing their details on CompeteFor, a very easy process and a free service, can find out about the range of opportunities coming up and how to compete for them as well as demonstrating to buyers the services they can offer.

To be competitive, companies will have to show contractors they have the capability and relevant experience to deliver the project they are bidding to secure.

The CompeteFor service is delivered through a partnership between public and private sector organisations, working closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Supported by Invest NI, CompeteFor has a particular focus on supply chain networks and acts as a brokerage service, matching buyers with potential suppliers. It also facilitates access to focused business support, through the national Business Link network, helping to boost the long–term competitiveness of your business.