The Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) challenge is unprecedented.
Morag Stuart is the ODA's head of procurement
We will deliver the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and help deliver its sustainable and powerful legacy.
We want to work with the best in business to meet this challenge. There will be opportunities for businesses of all sizes and it is vital that they are able to identify how they can get involved.
We have already issued more than 450 of an estimated 2,000 direct ODA contracts and successful bidders for these will in turn manage approximately 50,000 different agreements through their supply chains. More than half of our contracts have been made with small and medium-size businesses.
Competition for ODA opportunities are open, fair and transparent. We explain our procurement opportunities and receive vital feedback through industry days, discussions with industry groups, trade events such as NCE's Games Briefings, publications, web communications, procurement e-alerts and more.
We have published a suppliers' guide to provide small and medium-size companies with straightforward information about what and how we intend to buy. The guide also explains that the ODA will manage a relatively small number of agreements with contractors who will then buy and manage their own supply chains.
Early next year, a service will be launched to help companies access these opportunities. We will be encouraging all our major venue contractors to utilise the tool to open up elements of their supply chains. We are very clear that we do not want to harm the existing supply chains of contractors. Our aim is to help small and medium-size companies compete for the range of opportunities that will be available to supply our contractors.
The ODA will deliver a legacy of world-class sports facilities, a new urban park, improved infrastructure and revitalised transport links for communities around the Olympic Park. We aim to spread the economic benefit of the Games and boost supply chain diversity. Only partnership with our supply chain and business will achieve this legacy.
We are currently supporting the 2012 Construction Commitment Roadshow, with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Health and Safety Executive and Constructing Excellence. Next week, the roadshow will give businesses in the East Midlands and Northern Ireland the opportunity to learn more about the 2012 Construction Commitments, which embody industry best practice and, if widely adopted, could make a real difference to the quality and standing of construction in the UK. At each roadshow staff from the ODA and delivery partner CLM are on hand to discuss supply chain.
Businesses of all sizes can seize this opportunity to help transform the Lower Lea Valley and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. By promoting best practice and showing that business can help deliver a project twice the size of Heathrow T5 in half the time, London 2012 can also leave a powerful legacy for UK business.