Businesses from one of the only political constituencies in the region not to have won any Olympic-related contracts are being invited to a free workshop in a bid to help them get involved.

From a total of 59 parliamentary constituencies in the West Midlands, Nuneaton is one of just five still waiting to win contracts to supply London 2012 or related projects.

But that is set to change with organisations in the area invited to attend a London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Business Opportunities for Nuneaton workshop today (wednesday).

The event will be held from 9.30am at Camp Hill Sports and Education Centre, in Cedar Road, and is organised by Business Link West Midlands, Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership for the 2012 Games.

Tom Clift, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership manager for the 2012 Games, said: “As a whole our sub region has performed magnificently well when it comes to securing London 2012 related business contracts.

“With the correct guidance and through workshops like this we have no doubt the quality of the organisations in the area and the skills offered by Nuneaton will lead to businesses securing a whole host of opportunities surrounding London 2012.”

There will be advice on how to secure contracts through the CompeteFor system as well as talks from double Olympian Dave Long, Phil Gray, from Commercial Doctor Ltd, Jim Johnston, from AWM, Margaruite Edwards, from Business Link West Midlands and Tom Clift.

Chris Egan, from community regeneration organisation Pride in Camp Hill, will also be speaking at the event to explain how the scheme is aiming to transform the area in and around Camp Hill for the benefit of local people and businesses and how 2012-related opportunities could provide similar benefits to Nuneaton.

He said: “I will be talking about the Pride in Camp Hill scheme and how we have supported the local economy through supply chain management.

“The scheme is a £200 million project and we want to and ensure local firms have the opportunity to tender in order to keep as much of that money in the local economy as possible.

“The Olympics is a huge event so tendering for these contracts is worth the time, it can work and we have examples in Camp Hill which shows these tendering processes can work.”

For more information or to register attendance please email Nicol Wagstaff on