Phil’s aim was to explore the opportunities available for Jenrick CPI
to supply contract and permanent I.T. personnel solutions to the companies responsible for delivering the 2012 Olympics in London
“Yesterday I attended an excellent seminar which outlined the business potential throughout the South East for businesses who wish to get involved with London 2012 Olympics.
Paddy Herlihy (London 2012 Olympics South East Co-Ordinator) opened the event with a great overview and was very clear on the possibilities available and the way forward for businesses to "Compete, Create, Collaborate" - this is London 2012 Olympics business strap line.
The day's activities were a number of presentations by:
* Jeff Alexander (Exec Director for Global Competitiveness for London 2012 Olympics)
* Charles Allen (Chair of London 2012 Olympics Nations and Regions Group)
* James Braithwaite CBE (Chairman SEEDA)
* Mike Mulvey (Chief Executive London Business Network for 2012 Olympics)
* Rob Knight (Head of Procurement & Contracts London 2012 Olympics Delivery Authority)
* Richard Mould (Head of Procurement for LOCOG)
* Ronnie Epstein (Chief Executive Business Link, Berkshire)
In addition to the presentations, there was a round table discussion and open floor audience questions.
However, I was particularly inspired by a video about getting into sport – that is to be extensively used within Schools and other establishmente to encourage people to take up sport and (hopefully) represent the Great Britain Team in the 2012 Olympics.
As I watched this, I felt there was a great amount of synergy between the message it was communicating and our own ethos within Jenrick CPI regarding the importance we place on personal wellbeing and 'Getting fit for work'.
For those that would not be aware, we actively encourage healthy eating with our '5 a day' campaign. Where we have partnered with a local fruit and vegetable agent who deliver fresh produce to us ensuring that all staff have the opportunity to avail of a healthy alternative to junk food snacks.
In addition, Jenrick CPI are making gym membership subsidy available to all staff to encourage health and fitness, together with actively encouraging our staff who live locally to 'Take the bike to work' instead of their car.
Finally, later this year we will continue our very successful client engagement program where we have undertaken a number of wellbeing events and promotions, including delivering healthy food baskets to our client's offices (see www.jenrickcpi.co.uk/wellbeing for more information).
Jenrick CPI will be an active part of the London 2012 Olympics build up and hope to partner up with other like minded companies throughout the South East.
The official handover of the Olympic torch will happen later this year at Beijing 2008 Olympics closing ceremony - this represents the start of the UK's 4 year Olympiad.
After the seminar yesterday, I not only feel proud that we, in this country, have the opportunity to host a prestigious event like the Olympic Games, but also recognise that this is a great opportunity for our business from an internal and external prospective.”
For a bit of fun
(and seeing as we are on the subject of the Olympics), we thought it might be good to re-live some of the most famous Olympic moments of the past by asking you to tell us what your favourite Olympic memory is - just enter it below: