What will be the legacy from the Olympic procurement?

27 July 2009
So in three years time the whole country will be gripped by Olympic fever as the opening ceremony for the thirtieth Olympiad gets under way in London – or so the organisers hope. According to Lord Coe, it’s all going swimmingly, with the project ahead of schedule and 37 per cent of construction work on the Olympic park already completed. Others, such as former Millennium Dome chief PY Gerbeau, are less convinced of the progress made so far, and are predicting there could be trouble ahead. If it does all go to plan, it’s all finished on time, and venues and infrastructure are built to budget (whatever those budgets might be), and the sustainability pledges that have been made are carried through, the whole project could act as the benchmark for not just good public sector procurement, but good procurement anywhere. Just as we expect our athletes to raise their game for 2012, so we should expect the various 2012 procurement teams to raise theirs. But the key for the wider profession will be to capitalise on the procurement success. What form will the vaunted “legacy” for procurement take, to go alongside the sporting legacy the country has been promised in the wake of the games?
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