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Jowell urges UK businesses to get ready for 2012
Olympics minister Tessa Jowell plans to spell out the opportunities that the 2012 games will bring to UK businesses when she speaks at a business summit taking place later this month.
The minister will be the keynote speaker at the summit which takes place on 24 January 2006 at Cabot Hall in Canary Wharf , London .
'Breakout' sessions at the summit will focus on skills, procurement and construction, and maximising the economic benefits of the Games to all the UK .
Tessa Jowell said: "The Games are a unique opportunity for business and workers to benefit in a host of different ways. There are great opportunities here to win lucrative and rewarding contracts - everything from providing food and drink for spectators to building the venues themselves. All the UK can - and must - benefit.
"I want companies to be champing at the bit for the chance to share in the 2012 experience. But they need to understand the big picture now and how they can get involved - and that's where this summit comes in. We will provide hard facts on the potential benefits, how contracts can be won, what skills are needed and what the sponsorship opportunities are."
The summit is expected to bring together 300 senior representatives from British firms, trade associations and the unions, as well as figures from central and local government and Regional Development Agencies. Speakers will include CBI director-general Sir Digby Jones, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber and Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Hosting the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is a great opportunity for us to show the world that we have the skills and organisation to deliver a top-quality major event. The whole of industry needs to start gearing up for 2012 immediately.
" London was awarded the 2012 Games on the basis that this country could deliver an event that would challenge and inspire the world's young athletes. We will only achieve that vision if we meet world-class standards in every aspect of our work. That means high-quality jobs, with the best training, highest levels of safety and with commitment to equality and representation for all in the project."
Tessa Jowell added: "This is a unique showcase for Britain . We can use 2012 to enhance our skills and show them off to the biggest audiences you can imagine. But this will not just be a short-term benefit. Companies who work on 2012 will be powerfully well-placed to win contracts for future Games - as the Australians discovered after Sydney .
"But we want to learn from business and the unions too, putting their expertise to good use in the years ahead - so this will be a two-way conversation at Canary Wharf in January."
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