October 30, 2009

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

I believe BiP Solutions will provide Procurement Training Workshops, and they also provide the www.supply2.gov.uk procurement portal, and the www.CompeteFor.com London 2012 contracts portal.

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.

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