May 16, 2013
My role with the London Olympics finally came to an end in March with a final report, a bit of a party and a few last words on a blog. Since the closure of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, I have had a bit more time to reflect on some of my other work.
For me, one of the big failures of London 2012 was to get to grips effectively with some of the ethical issues in the supply chain (despite some leading-edge work from LOCOG) and to address the question of ethical standards for sponsors. (more…)
November 15, 2012
1. The Olympic Park had its own power station. If you look beyond the Copper Box you can see a tall chimney with “ENERGY” written on it. This is a plant that generates electricity in a gas engine and uses waste heat to provide hot water and heating for the buildings. It is linked to a similar unit that powers the Westfield Centre. There is a lot of spare capacity in this system, allowing more engines to be added without digging up the Park and replacing pipes, and it will provide efficient energy for generations to come. (more…)
September 19, 2012
generic cialis online17-150×150.jpg” alt=”" width=”100″ height=”100″ />Forget The Great British Bake Off, it’s time to get on board with the great Olympic sell off. Fans are being given the opportunity to buy equipment and furniture used in the London Games.
Items ranging from rakes used to smooth the sand on the beach volleyball courts to the batons used in the relays are up for auction on LOCOG’s official London 2012 site. (more…)
September 10, 2012
The G4S Olympic contract debacle certainly brought supplier relationship management (SRM) back into the spotlight during this year’s silly season.
It seems to me there was a failure to comprehensively (and repeatedly) assess the contractor’s capacity and capability to deliver what was (re-negotiated) in the contract. Perhaps there was a mindset that presumed a contract provides assurance of success. (more…)
August 7, 2012
It is some time since I was invited to a slumber party so the opportunity to be part of the commissioning event for the Olympic Village was very welcome. Around 1,000 guests spent an evening in the athlete’s village before the Games began and stayed over in one of the apartments. (more…)
April 18, 2012
The stadium is built, the medals have been sourced and the horses have been benchmarked to make sure that no competitor gets an unfair advantage. In just 100 days, the London 2012 Olympics will begin.
Of course, SM has followed the story as it has progressed, and I thought it would be good to reflect on what has come out from the marathon that has been procurement for the games. (more…)
December 6, 2011
As Sam Covell says in her final
column: “It wasn’t until I was looking for the procurement angle to topical issues that I appreciated how much was relevant.” She goes on to reveal this new perspective has convinced her procurement has been key this year as an essential skill for all organisations to meet challenges confidently. (more…)
October 13, 2011
So the government has ultimately decided to scrap the tender for the 2012 Olympic Stadium tenancy, and start a new one on different terms.
An anonymous complaint to the European Commission – asking for an investigation into whether the preferred bid broke rules on state aid – was reported to be the final straw for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which bemoaned the “legal paralysis” that has affected the tender. (more…)
September 6, 2011
Remember that old fiat Strada advert tagline ‘hand-built by robots’? The message was about quality, consistency and timeliness. Well, the tagline for London 2012 could just as well be ‘hand-built by UK SMEs’. While household name corporations won the tier-one contracts, the completion of all the major venues a year ahead of the Games is due in no small part to the 75,000 or so small- and medium-sized companies working in complex supply chains to meet the Olympic Delivery Authority’s targets.
This is a real success story in difficult times for UK business. It says something, too, that because European procurement rules meant the tendering process for large contracts had to be open to competition in Europe, with a few notable exceptions UK companies fought off bids from some of the biggest European corporates for major construction projects. (more…)