All entries for May 2007

May 25, 2007

Do you want to be in my Gang?

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I see we are now being advised not to refer to Groups of youths engaged in anti-social behaviour and petty crime as gangs - instead we should call them groups !

(Sorry you are on the wrong page if you were expecting Max and Paddy talking about Gary Glitter).

Why not just call them what they are:




Guilty as charged,


Criminal !

London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have been busy inviting expressions of interest

Temporary Venues Industry Day

The Olypmic Delivery Authority Procurement team is holding an industry day on Wednesday 13 June 2007, 9:15am, in London to introduce the ODA's vision for the temporary venues to experienced suppliers and contractors of medium- to long-span fully enclosed lightweight structures. The industry day will focus on the Basketball, Fencing and Hockey venues which are expected to be operational as early as 18 months before the Games.

Velodrome Design & Construction

This venue will be the theatre for all track cycling activities for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. After the Games the building will be reconfigured to provide a lasting legacy of the Games. The ODA wishes to appoint a Tier 1 main contractor for the design and construction of the Velodrome including the Legacy Conversion. The scope of the contract is to design and construct the Velodrome based on a design prepared by the Design Team that is currently being procured.

HR recruitment and selection

Over the course of 2007 to 2012 the ODA HR team will deliver a recruitment and selection service ensuring the right people with the right skills are recruited in the most effective way. It is vital that the ODA has the capability and expertise needed to ensure the successful delivery of the 2012 project. The scope of the procurement will cover the provision of all recruitment and selection services.

For full details see the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation on the eTendering section of the London 2012 website.

The deadline for the receipt of expressions of interest and completed pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) documentation is 17:00 (BST) on Friday, 22 June 2007.

Ready-mixed concrete supply

The ODA intends to issue an exclusive licence to one supplier to supply ready-mix concrete to all Olympic Park contractors. This will include the erection of the batching plant(s), delivery, off loading, batching and distribution to the various contractors across the Olympic Park site.

For full details see the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation on the eTendering section of the London 2012 website.

The deadline for the receipt of expressions of interest and completed pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) documentation is 17:00 (BST) on Friday, 22 June 2007.

May 18, 2007

Prepare for 2012 – The Aussies are coming

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Prepare for 2012 - The Aussies are coming

The next Ready for Business - Prepare for 2012 Workshop

Will include a presentation from The Australian High Commission

Get the 'nuts and bolts' of bidding and winning work from the
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

PLUS - The Australian High Commission will talk at the event
about the opportunities of working with
Australian Companies to bid for Olympic work

Your Free Invitation to the Prepare for 2012
West Midlands Workshop

Wednesday 30th May, 11am
Pear Tree Inn, Worcester (Jn 6 off M5)

Places are limited, so please contact Val Day on to make your booking

May 17, 2007

London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games | Central Park Bridge Design Contest

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London 2012 | Central Park Bridge Design Contest 

At the Ready for Business 2012 site, we keep track of live tenders (click on Tenders) related to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is the latest notice published on the site.

The Olympic Park bridges will form an important part of the infrastructure and the operation of the park both during the games and into the legacy of the games. The ODA (Olympic Delivery Authority) wishes to procure the design of one of the Olympic Park footbridges, through a design contest.

The bridge (currently numbered F06) is located on the central pedestrian concourse running north to south through the Olympic Park and is in close proximity of the Olympic Stadium. The ODA is committed to the delivery of design quality and is seeking submissions from applicants that can demonstrate a high level of creativity and design quality.

Submissions from both established and emerging design practices are encouraged. The ODA believes that the design team will require a strong leader supported and complemented by other members of the design community.

Design: the bridge will span approximately 26 m over Carpenters Lock on the River Lea Waterway and is to be constructed in 2 permanent separate spans for legacy. A temporary bridge will be constructed between these 2 permanent spans to provide the necessary bridge width to accommodate crowd numbers for the games. 

If you are feeling creative, you will need to respond by 16/06/2007!

The Ready for Business 2012 site is part of the West Midlands Collaborative Commerce Marketplace, where you can find free access to numerous tenders, not just related to the Olympics.

Don't Expect a boom from the Olympics

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Don't Expect a boom from the Olympics : £30 Billion not enough then? 

I see that there is some sceptism about the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Assurances that the London Olympics in 2012 will create a boom in jobs, tourism and sports participation are unlikely to be fulfilled, warns a report commissioned by the capital's political leaders.

And this follows the revelations about the ever increasing costs of the games.

Well, I have been working on a project to help West Midlands companies get a slice of the action. When you look at the business opportunities arising from The Games and the related regeneration and legacy projects, you get a massive £30,000,000,000. 

This isn't restricted to the large Tier 1 companies. There will be a multitude of hierarchical tiers of sub-contractors, and groups of companies collaborating in consortia - imagine a very large wedding cake with a 8 or 9 layers, and each layer is made up of many smaller cakes! I have heard estimates that 800,000 contracts will be let.

Take a look at www.readyforbusiness-wm-london2012.comto see how we are helping firms find opportunities using our free service. By the way, if you are wondering about the long url, its to avoid infringement of Games Marks! Other opportunities can be found at

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