Prepare for London 2012 : Update
Writing about web page http://business2dot0.com/business-opportunities/london-2012-tenders
What has happened to the Free Prepare for 2012 Workshops?
For the last couple of years, until the spring of 2009, I have presented at free Prepare for 2012 workshops around the West Midlands – Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Stoke, Stafford, Hereford, Worcester, and West Bromwich, to name a few.
The free workshops were provided to help West Midlands companies get access to the tenders for London 2012 Olympic related business opportunities.
This was a collaboration between Advantage West Midlands, the West Midlands Business Council, various Chambers of Commerce, Business Link West Midlands, and of course The University of Warwick.
I talked about using IT to help track down these 2012 business opportunities – A 2012 Business Radar if you like!
The University also hosted www.ready-for-business.co.uk to sniff out and provide free access to these tenders.
So what has happened since Spring 2009?
Advantage West Midlands awarded a new contract to carry out this work with Business Link, a consortium of the Chambers of Commerce, and BiP Solutions Ltd.
So I can tell you the West Midlands Business Council were none to pleased about this. As I supported the West Midlands Business Council, it doesn’t look like I will be presenting at any future workshops either.
But the show has to go on, doesn’t it? Well I haven’t seen any publicity for these events yet!
The ready-for-business.co.uk site is still alive, and I have also put up a page on my website about London 2012 related business opportunites and news at http://business2dot0.com/business-opportunities/london-2012-tenders
But more about that in another rant, as I suspect we (the public purse) have essentially paid £multi-millions for the same software that was already being provided.
Grant’s Rant © 2009