Why London 2012 is So Unfair?
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Is that this honest to SME’s who’re being requested, if not pressured, to place their palms of their pockets to assist fund what’s arguably an over elaborate and more and more costly occasion? Native enterprise now expects to obtain a really poor return from their obligatory funding within the video games and up to date historical past means that it’s primarily the worldwide gamers that stand to learn.
The rising downside of small enterprise being sidelined and successfully excluded from the financial exercise created has acquired growing media consideration of late. Nevertheless there nonetheless seems to be no answer forthcoming. In the mean time we’re getting nothing again in return for the monies paid out in inflated enterprise charges, property tax and different stealth measures Corbyn Ltd.
As director of VFM Procurement, a number one London based mostly property and building consultancy, I’ve not too long ago taken time to jot down to plenty of public figureheads to make clear what’s being completed to assist. Within the present local weather we’d like all the assistance we will get to enhance our probabilities of sharing on this workload. After a interval of almost a month I nonetheless await a reply from all these contacted and can replace readers in a future article.
It’s a unhappy actuality that we aren’t alone in our frustration and disappointment and it’s no secret that many others are reporting comparable experiences. A truth which was re-affirmed at a seminar I attended final week. Out of a complete of round seventy keen enterprise house owners, solely two have been in a position to verify having secured any public sector work by way of the federal government backed ‘compete for’ preparations. It’s not believed that both of those commissions associated particularly to the Olympics nonetheless this success – or lack of it – ratio should be considered very poor.
The course was delivered by PERA, the Innovation Community, along with ‘Provide London’ which I now perceive to be a help programme designed to assist London SME’s bid for and win public sector contracts. This group is supported by the London Growth Company and curiously the venture is a component funded by the European Union (ERDF).
Regardless of our property and lease administration consultancy being registered on numerous websites together with ‘compete for’ which is particularly designed to advertise the involvement of SME’s within the public sector, now we have acquired no employment alternatives from the Olympics improvement scheme.
While the efforts made by these teams are little question nicely intentioned, the outcomes stay unsatisfactory. There was a basic consensus within the seminar that the ‘compete for ‘ website and software course of was deemed a waste of time by most attendees. Certainly if this association was designed to assist ship the promise made by the Olympics Supply Authority – that the London video games will present employment for native corporations and native folks, I’m left in little doubt that this promise is prone to be damaged.
At current, solely round 20% of employees on the Olympic websites are from one of many 5 host boroughs – which embrace Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Newham and Greenwich – and solely 53% of those are Londoners. If just one in 5 staff stay domestically it’s tough to see this as acceptable. Until there’s some radical change it’s clear that the legacy of the 2012 Olympics is not going to be met and regardless of the perfect efforts of small companies it’s nearly sure that almost all will stay bitterly dissatisfied and out of pocket.
We will solely hope that the failure of the ODA to ship alternatives which are honest to everybody will probably be given the pressing consideration it deserves – and earlier than it’s too late. As director of a London based mostly property and building consultancy providing amount surveying providers the present preparations have been very disappointing.
We must always all be capable of participate on this occasion – not simply the worldwide few. In any case it’s every of us residents who’re being requested to proceed making sacrifices and to endure monetary hardship so as to deliver the video games to our Metropolis.