Caterers shown recipe for food contracts for London 2012 Olympics

Small catering firms have been shown how to bid for business in next year’s Olympics being staged in East London at a ‘meet the buyer’ seminar.

The seminar attracted 65 businesses to the Crown Plaza Hotel in the Royal Docks last night, to explain the contract tendering process.

“Caterers are going to want to be a part of the 2012 Games with tens-of-thousands of mouths to feed, including athletes, spectators and the world’s press,” said Paul Evans, Lloyds TSB commercial director for Essex and East London who opened the event.

“There are still opportunities to get involved with larger contractors drawing on small businesses in the supply chain with contracts still in plentiful supply.”

Around 1,000 buyers use the London 2012 ‘compete for’ website to advertise contracts, with 140,000 businesses currently registered online.

The main catering contractor, Aramark food services company, gave an insight at the seminar into what they look for in the supply chain.