London 2012 Games

London 2012 has around 7,000 direct contracts, forming supply chains of around 75,000 opportunities. The latest information shows that more than 40 West Sussex businesses have won top-tier London 2012 contracts from the Olympic Delivery Authority or through CompeteFor. Successes include Cordek, based in Slinfold, near Horsham, winners of a contract for the construction of the diving boards for the Aquatics Centre.

Is your business in shape for 2012?
Lloyds Bank has launched a free Games Time Ready guide covering the issues and topics business owners will need to address, to benefit from the opportunities and overcome any challenges the London 2012 Games will bring. Download Lloyds Bank free 'Games Time Ready' guide to find out more.

British Business Club
This summer tens of thousands of international business representatives will visit London for the 2012 Games. In order to help businesses take advantage of this opportunity, The London Business Network have partnered with UKTI, London & Partners and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to create the British Business Club.  The British Business Club provides access to networking events related to London 2012 and major international sporting events. Members can also create an online profile to connect to potential business partners worldwide. Membership of the British Business Club is free. Businesses can join, wherever you are based in the world to take advantage of an environment supporting and encouraging business networking during the Games.
To become a member, register at www.britishbusinessclub.org.

2012 Business Opportunity News
With less than one year to go until the Games open now is the time to focus on getting ready! The summer has seen a number of test events and new resources that have been launched to help businesses plan and prepare for the Games. Sign up here to receive a regular newsletter promoting the latest news and opportunities: southeast2012business@soadevelopment.co.uk

Preparing your staff for London 2012
People 1st, the sector skills council for the tourism, passenger transport and hospitality industries, has developed a number of resources to help businesses get into shape for 2012 and beyond. Check out their website for some great ideas and reources including a free, practical guide designed to help businesses of all sizes prepare for, and capitalise on, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and other world-class events.

Bidding for Contracts
West Sussex County Council, in partnership with local authorities want to make sure any local business interested in bidding for contracts has the right information and support to help them.  The South East Business Portal has information about existing contracts and forthcoming tendering opportunities in the region and Business Link is the official government portal providing small businesses with access to lower-value public sector contracts including a completely new service called Contracts Finder which provides public sector procurement opportunities.

West Sussex - Ahead of the Game
West Sussex - Ahead of the Game is a countywide initiative, helping all of us in West Sussex to make the most of the London 2012 Games. We are working to achieve long-lasting benefits for the county, and to ensure West Sussex plays its full part in a successful 2012 celebration. To find out more, visit the West Sussex - Ahead of the Game website.

Look out for the regular 2012 Business Newsletter from West Sussex County Council
The most recent newsletter includes: Details on LOCOG’s latest shopping list; business opportunities from the Metropolitan Police who wil be using CompeteFor.com to identify suitable suppliers for purchases; news of free events to win extra businsses in London 2012, and more. If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletters as they come in please contact Horsham District Council's Business Development team on (01403) 215264.

Tourism 2012 (www.tourism2012games.org/)
Tourism 2012 Games is a free online resource designed to help all UK tourism professionals and businesses, however big or small, to identify and connect with opportunities around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The site is published by VisitBritain in partnership with the London 2012 Nations & Regions Group and contains a wealth of practical information on the Games, advice on how you can benefit and resources to help you play your part in welcoming the world to the UK.

Is your business Accessible and ready for London 2012 Visitors?
The new Tourism South East and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead 'think access Q-book' shows you how easy it can be to make your business more accessible, attract a wider range of visitors and realise your full potential. The think access Q-book (‘Q’ for ‘Quality’) is a free online business guide for all tourism, businesses, including transport, retail and food and drink operators. The think access Q-book is packed with: Practical business ideas; Market insights; Case studies of successful businesses in action; and Video clips. Access to this free online business guide can be found here.

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