10,000 deals up for grabs

16 January 2008
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16 January 2008

Smaller businesses will have access to 10,000 Olympic contracts, according to the Olympic Delivery Authority. The claims follow the launch yesterday of a website for suppliers.

The CompeteFor portal (www.competefor.com) has been developed by the ODA procurement team to improve the chances of firms who may not be able to compete for major contracts winning work for 2012.

Morag Stuart, head of procurement at the ODA, said the site is a "key milestone" in the procurement team's aim to increase access to games contracts.

The ODA estimates that within the 2,000 direct procurement contracts they will offer, there are 50,000 further opportunities within supply chains. Stuart told SM the website would be successful if it could capture around 20 per cent of contracts that are not already assigned to contractors' supply chains.

Among the first deals to be posted on the site will be cleaning contracts for the offices of Team Stadium, which will construct the Olympic arena, on the Olympic park site.

Major suppliers to the Olympic project have a contractual obligation to place opportunities on the site and Stuart said the response has been positive.

"There has been very little resistance from the tier-one suppliers. The benefits for them are two-fold, it satisfies the equality and diversity needs of their supply chains and it also has the commercial benefit of easy access to a diverse supply chain."

It is also hoped the site will be part of the games' legacy and has the potential to provide a similar function in future large public sector procurement contracts, such as Crossrail. Support has also been provided to suppliers through a prior engagement team, but the hope is that once suppliers start using the site its profile and success will grow. Stuart added that tier-one suppliers would need to show leadership to make it a success.

The ODA have also published online a list of its direct contractors, which so far number around 500. It is hoped this will be another tool to allow suppliers to identify opportunities in the supply chain.

* The procurement team at the ODA has grown significantly over the past year from 10 staff to 80, and 500 contracts for the games, worth around ú1 billion, have now been procured.


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