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Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Pete Wishart Pete Wishart Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Culture and Sport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitution)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost was of operating the London 2012 Business Network in each year since its establishment.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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The Department has interpreted this question as being the cost of the CompeteFor service (the website chosen by London 2012 for the publication of Games-related contract opportunities).

CompeteFor cost £3.633 million to develop, which included concept development, specification, implementation and testing, and establishing the support structure.

A summary of the operating costs of CompeteFor for each financial year is shown as follows:

Financial year CompeteFor (website and helpdesk) (£)
2007/08 (1)220,000
2008/09 1,226,633
2009/10 1,201,555
2010/11 853,163
2011/12 (projected) 799,230
(1) December to March

In addition, CompeteFor employs a buyer engagement service, helping buying organisations to ensure they are supported and to maximise their use of CompeteFor.

The cost of the buyer engagement service for each financial year is shown as follows:

Financial year Buyer engagement service (£)
2007/08 587,000
2008/09 1,036,082
2009/10 993,980
2010/11 1,066,301
2011/12 (projected) 772,085

CompeteFor has been funded by the regional development agencies in England along with the devolved Administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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