Companies discover remaining business opportunities for London 2012

Jun 03, 2011

Over 50 local companies were briefed on the remaining business opportunities for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at an Invest Northern Ireland event held recently. Pictured at the event are, Lee Hamill from BT, Maurice Patterson from Invest NI, Lorraine Conlon from DCAL, Charles Allen from LOCOG and Richard Archibald, Sports Institute of NI and former Olympic rower.

Over 50 local companies were briefed on the remaining business opportunities for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at an Invest Northern Ireland event.

Supported by BT and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), the event is one of a series organised by Invest NI to encourage and assist Northern Ireland companies to bid for 2012 opportunities.

Companies heard from Charles Allen CBE, Chair of Nations and Regions Group for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Mr Allen highlighted that procurement by LOCOG is now reaching the final stages of activity but there are still significant opportunities available.

Companies also heard how lessons from the world of sport can be applied in business from Richard Archibald, Sports Institute of NI Performance Co-ordinator and former Olympic rower.

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director, commenting on the event, said: “Almost 40 local companies have already secured contracts from the Games with others also winning business to supply products or services to other contractors through their supply chain links. With further contracts worth around £150 million still pending, the aim of this event was to highlight to local companies that there are continuing opportunities and to highlight how Invest NI can help them with their tender process.

“By attending the event, companies were also able to find out about the range of services provided by Invest NI on how to maximise their chances of bidding successfully for contracts at other global sporting events. These include web design, search engine optimisation and the benefits of an integrated management system,” she added.

Lee Hamill, Head of Strategy for BT's London 2012 programme said: “As the official communication services partner, we are proud to play a huge role in what is the greatest show on earth, and we are striving to make it the most connected Games ever. With less than 500 days to go, we would encourage more Northern Ireland companies to get in on the action and demonstrate their considerable talent and expertise on a world stage.”

Lorraine Conlon,Head of DCAL's Games Legacy Unit and London 2012 Nations and Regions Coordinator for Northern Ireland,added: “DCAL fully endorses the work being undertaken by Invest NI to highlight tender opportunities and what it takes to prepare professional bids to win new work. Wewould urge local companies to get involved and capitalise on this unique opportunity.”

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