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Businesses are fit for 2012

Date: 18/11/2008           Category: Economic Development

Medway businesses have proved they are fit for business and raring to compete for a slice of London 2012 action. Four Medway companies have already secured contracts as suppliers for the Olympic Delivery Authority ahead of the 2012 Games while a record number of firms have attended a 2012 business workshop in Chatham Maritime. Chatham-based firms Norma’s Catering and Kent Art Printers have already secured food and drink and commercial printing contacts respectively. First Light in Rochester has successfully bid for an electrical equipment hire contract while NTA Monitor Ltd in Rochester has secured an IT services contract. The news came as more than 100 companies attended a Fit2Supply workshop to better understand how to register and publish on CompeteFor, the free business agency brokerage website linking buyers and potential suppliers. The event, organised by Business Link and hosted by Medway Council, at the St George’s Centre was the biggest Fit2Supply event so far in the region. Medway economic development officer Wayne Saunders said: “It’s fantastic to see Medway firms successfully competing for 2012-related contracts and local companies are clearly ready and eager to rise to the challenge and make the most of the Olympic opportunities, both in London and right here on their doorstep.” The four local contracts are among more than 130 traceable contracts that have so far been awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games across the South East since the UK was awarded the Games in 2005. Some of these contracts have been awarded through CompeteFor, which was launched earlier this year. CompeteFor is the chosen site of London 2012 for publishing Games-related contract opportunities. Paul Toben, Business Link’s programme manager for the London 2012 Games, said: “The open contract opportunities that are listed on CompeteFor range from website design and build to provision of catering equipment, from supply and fit of suspended ceiling to supply of envelopes, and from training provision to supply of hi-viz jackets and safety glasses.” “The potential supply chains seem almost endless at the moment and we are urging companies to consider how they can benefit from the contracts that are going to be up for grabs.” Jim Braithwaite, chair of the South East England Development Agency, added: “At this time, this is one of the good news stories for businesses in the South East, who are really seeing the terrific opportunity that 2012 represents.” The Olympic Delivery Authority and London 2012 Organising Committee estimate that 75,000 contracts worth £6billion will be won in the lead up to and during the 2012 Games. For more information on CompeteFor and how to register and publish your company on the site visit www.london2012.com/biusiness and click on Compete\For. For help with policies or for general business support to get your company ‘Fit to Supply’ call Business Link on 0845 600 9 006