12 February 2007 | Antony Barton
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has launched two websites to help companies compete for up to 2,000 contracts connected with the London 2012 games.
Companies can see upcoming ODA contracts at the "Future Opportunities" section of the London 2012 website. They can then tender online when the procurement process begins and the contracts appear on the ODA's eTendering website.
The ODA said another service would launch in the spring to help SMEs that wished to supply the ODA and the venues' main contractors. A spokesman for the ODA told supplymanagement.com that details could not be given at this stage but the service would include a mix of online support, live events and one-to-one supervision.
He said this was necessary because the ODA would only be in direct control of a few contracts and wanted to ensure SMEs had opportunities to compete in venue contractors' supply chains.
The venues' main contractors will be required to set up microsites to advertise the opportunities they intend to sub-contract. Details of the ODA's main contractors will be published on the website, enabling businesses to recognise potential supply and sub-contract work.
David Higgins, ODA chief executive, said: "The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games can be a showcase for world class business as well as sporting performance. We want to ensure businesses can see the opportunities in advance, so they can prepare to bid. We also want to make the contracting process straightforward, consistent and simple."