LOCOG's guidelines are confusing event venues, says expert

The guidelines set out by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have proven confusing for event venues, PrecisionTechnology.info has reported.

That’s according to Heath Freeman, an events industry insider, who said that the event spaces or function venues hoping to host official Olympics parties, events etc. were finding the guidelines they had to abide to confusing.

He told Event Industry News all about the industry’s feelings, claiming: “Most people I have talked to in the live events industry recently are saying that there are a great number of hoops to jump through fulfill LOCOG’s requirements.”

“And the standards set for the supply of staff and labour in LOCOG’s Sustainable Sourcing Guide adds yet more confusion,” Freeman added.

It seems that any staff that function venues provide to work at their official Olympics functions need to be hired on the correct basis too. This has left the industry bemused about how to make their venue eligible to host events, Freeman said.

He contained: “There are certain areas that still need to be made clear. For example, do organisations in the live events industry fall into the category of the ‘recruitment and staffing’ industry?”

“Even legal advice that we have taken does not make it any clearer. Ideally, LOCOG itself needs to clear this up. London 2012 is too important to all of us to miss opportunities because of a technicality.”