The Olympic Games will run from the 27th July - 12th August 2012 with the Paralympic Games running from 29th August - 9th September 2012.
Being part of the 2012 Games is something that's already started in the South East; through volunteering opportunities, through events in the Cultural Olympiad, through winning of contracts as a supplier to the Games and by hosting 133 pre-games Training Camps.
According to research conducted by GoSE (www.gose.gsi.gov.uk), the South East has begun to benefit in a number of ways:
Enhancing the economy:
- 16,037 businesses have now received information about contract opportunities
- 12,333 have registered on CompeteFor, the electronic brokerage service
- 5,628 companies are procurement ready
- More than 500 South East companies heard from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)about the diverse business opportunities emerging from the London 2012 Games
- Tourism South East has produced case studies to demonstrate how addressing accessibility can boost business as the South East aims to be the most welcoming and accessible region for disabled people, building on its unique heritage as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement
Encouraging social and community development:
- Creative Campus project: The University for the Creative Arts is working with a consortium of 13 universities to deliver a series of cultural events in the run up to London 2012. The project has secured £1million from the Higher Education Funding Council, with £1million additional match-funding from project partners. Together, the universities will create a major touring exhibition in response to Olympic and Paralympic values, including a series of community learning projects.
- Medway Council has become the first local authority in the country to receive a London 2012 Inspire Mark for education. The 4 year programme aims to inspire young people to live fit and active lives, value their local community and to embrace excellence, friendship and respect.
Increasing sports participation:
- To date, four nations have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the region to hold Pre Games training Camps before the 2012 Games, with three more on the point of signing
- Aldershot is set to host Team GB in the Games
- The region is working with SportAid charity to offer businesses a sustainable way to support local athletes in the run up to the Games.
So how are you getting involved?
The se² partnership sees the games as a great opportunity to link the aims of social enterprises to arguably the world's most culturally significant sporting event and we would like to ensure that social enterprises in the South East have access to up to date and relevant information on events, procurement and resources to enable you to take full advantage of the opportunities available. The following links will be of interest:
(Please note, the se² partnership cannot accept responsibility for content published on external websites)
- 2012 Events in the South East - Business Link events (including 'Advanced Bid Writing', 'How to form and bid as a Partnership/Consortia', 'New Markets for the Creative and Digital sector', 'Secrets of successful bid writing for London 2012')
- Commission for a Sustainable 2012
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
- Legacy Trust
- Local Government Association (LGA) 2012
- London Cultural Consortium
- London2012.com: the official website for the 2012 Games
- London 2012 Inspire Programme
- For details of procurement opportunities, visit the CompeteFor website
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