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Olympic athlete will help show local business how they can win from the Commonwealth Games

Hundreds of Coventry and Warwickshire businesses will find out how to compete for Commonwealth Games contracts as part of the drive to ensure the whole region benefits economically from the event in 2022. Representatives from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee will be presenting to an audience of companies at NAEC Stoneleigh on Friday, March 15, ahead of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s Trade Local Business Expo.

Olympic athlete will help show local business how they can win from the Commonwealth Games

Speakers will include John Crabtree, chair of the organising committee, and Olympic bronze medallist Katharine Merry, who is originally from Dunchurch in Warwickshire. All the places at the event have now been filled with around 280 businesses signed up to attend the briefing to hear which contracts will be available for local companies to tender for.

The committee forecast that more than 80 per cent of contracts associated with the Games could be won by regional companies. Current tendering opportunities include legal services, professional advisory services, recruitment provider services and telecommunications. A series of contracts have already been awarded and there will be more to follow as the Games draw closer.

John Crabtree, Chair of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, said: “Following the success of our event at Birmingham’s ICC in November, I’m delighted that, thanks to the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, we have another chance to engage with local businesses and explain to them the multitude of opportunities that hosting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games brings to the region.

“With more than 80 per cent of contracts expected to be won by local and regional companies, the business community have an essential role to play in making the Games a success and in return the Games will provide a massive boost to the Midlands economy.”

Olympic bronze medallist, Katharine Merry, who was born in Warwickshire, and competed for Birmingham based Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club throughout her career, a club that she is now President of, said: “I am delighted to be asked to host this important event at Stoneleigh.

“The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is going to be a fantastic event for this region but it isn’t just about the sport that will take place in the venues in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond, this is also an amazing chance for local businesses to benefit from our hosting of the Games.

“The Business Briefing on March 15 will provide companies with all the information they need to ensure that they are ready for action when opportunities are announced.”

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s vital with events such as Birmingham 2022 that companies across the area know how to get involved and ensure that the economic benefits cascade around the region.

“This briefing will highlight contracts that are live now and, also, what opportunities are expected to come.

“We want companies from Coventry and Warwickshire to get on board now so they canensure that they don’t miss any opportunity to benefit from the Games.”

The briefing will begin at 8am and will be followed by the Chamber's Business Expo which opens to visitors at 10.00am,which will feature more than 140 exhibitions and hundreds more visitors. To register to visit the Expo or for more information go to www.cwexpo.co.uk

To find out more about Games contracts, sign up to the Birmingham 2022 Business Portal at birmingham2022.com/businessportal 

Pictured: Katherine Merry

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