September 21, 2007

Can you organise London's New Year's Eve Event, for about £1.35m

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Can you organise London's New Year's Eve Event, for about £1.35m ex-VAT? If so the Greater London Authority need to hear from you.

Occasionally our 2012 Tender Detector picks up business opportunities which are not directly linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. There are going to be a whole host of events between now and the end of the Games. These will of course need to be organised, which is a business opportunity in itself, but each event brings other requirements - supply of food and drink, catering, support staff, transport, logistics and deliveries, security etc.

London's New Year's Eve Event is one of the opportunities which requires an events organisation and management contract. Now £1.35m is pretty good, but if you do a good job, the contract can be extended for an additional 3 years - which makes a whopping £5,400,000. And a good track record here would put you in pole position for 2012 events.

The event consists of a 10-minute midnight fireworks display, which for the past 4-years has been staged using the London Eye as its focal point. However, given the popularity of the event, provision should be made in respect of audience welfare and viewing facilities at multiple sites in London (including Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square) for a period of up to 6-hours.

Bidders will need experience in large scale crowd management operations, for audiences in excess of 1,080,000 people - so even considering my pub management experience, I think this is a tad out of my league! Maybe one for Warwick Hospitality?

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007

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