An Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) ‘building for 2012’ map shows a snapshot of around 1,500 companies spread across the UK already supplying goods and services to the for the venues and infrastructure needed for the Games. For example a Scottish company has designed the electrical substation, a Welsh company is providing the steel for the Aquatics Centre roof and a company from Bolton is providing the steel for the Olympic Stadium.
ODA Chairman John Armitt said: ‘The map is a snapshot of how businesses are benefiting from the investment in the Games project. It shows around 1,500 UK companies from Inverness to Taunton have already won contracts – a mere fraction of what will be the total number.’
Speaking at the London 2012 Business Summit today, London Organising Committee (LOCOG) Chair Seb Coe also announced that LOCOG will tender around £700 million worth of goods and services for the staging of the Games. These include facilities management, catering, production services for Ceremonies and technology.
Seb said: ‘The focus so far has been on the ODA and construction, but the Organising Committee is now at a stage where we move from planning to delivery.
‘With less than three years to go, we’re starting the procurement process for everything we need to stage a memorable Games. The scope of this is potentially massive - from sporting equipment to catering services and beyond.
‘We often talk about the Games heralding a golden decade of sport and I believe that this could be matched by a golden decade of sport-related business. We want the Games to be a triumph for Britain – at the finish line and the bottom line.’