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Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps have been taken to award 2012 London Olympic Games contracts to companies outside London. (206407)

The London 2012 Business Network has been established to spread opportunities in the London 2012 supply chains to businesses across the country. CompeteFor is a key component of this matching buyers with suppliers, and throughout this process businesses are signposted to business support services. The ODA has visited every nation and region of the UK to engage businesses in the opportunities generated by the Games. The opportunities are there, the network is in place, so as MPs we should do everything we can to ensure businesses in our constituencies sign up and get the support they need to win contracts.

This is not the only way in which the nations and regions of the UK can benefit economically from the Games. There will be business generated outside of the London 2012 supply chains, such as in the tourism and transport industries. The Games also give us the opportunity to develop our inward investment and export potential.