The information provided below seeks to answer these initial questions.
Who will deliver the games?
A company called LOCOG, the London Organising Committee for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, has been set up to organise, publicise and stage the 2012 Games. Sebastian Coe has been appointed Chair and Keith Mills has been appointed Deputy Chair. Paul Deighton has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. www.london2012.org
A separate Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has been established to build the venues and infrastructure ready well in time for delivery of the Games in 2012 by LOCOG. Jack Lemley has been appointed Chair and David Higgins has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. www.alastinglegacy.co.uk/content/legacy/oda/
Where do I find out about contracts?
LOCOG has just established a new service for businesses to register their interest in receiving regular updates on the Games. Accessed via www.london2012.com/business, this service contains a whole host of useful information ranging from procurement policy to tender opportunities, as well as a free service allowing businesses to register their interest in finding out about new Games opportunities. Companies who register their interest will receive an automatic update from London 2012 with key announcements and other key areas of progress.
What work is being undertaken in the region to help prepare businesses?
The NWDA is engaging with LOCOG and ODA to develop national initiatives to support UK businesses to benefit from the business opportunities created by the Games. This includes the development of a Business Opportunities Network (BON) which will provide information to businesses on procurement, supply chain opportunities and practical support on pitching for contracts.
NWDA is establishing a NW Business Forum, comprising of regional business organisations, to coordinate future activity. This forum will ensure future activities are both integrated into existing business support activities and are driven by the needs of the business community. NWDA recently held a Business Breakfast on July 27th 2006 as part of the national roadshow. It is envisaged that additional events will be held in the future.
Who can I contact for future information?
In the first instance, businesses are encouraged to regularly visit the London 2012 website for up to date information. Business Links will be able to provide additional information to help businesses become ‘fit for supply’, linking to existing activities. Otherwise, NWDA contact is Anne Thompson, Sector Leader for Sport on 01925 400347 or by emailing
When will the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games be held? The London 2012 Olympic Games will run from Friday 27 July to Sunday 12 August. The Paralympic Games from Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 9 September.
When can I buy tickets? Tickets are expected to go on sale in 2011. There will be plenty of publicity around the time. Spectators will also be able to see events such as the Marathon and Cycling Road Races for free.