Inexperienced suppliers could scupper Games events, warns Forum

The arrival of the Olympic Games this summer is likely to cause a few logistics and supplier problems.

That’s according to the Events Industry Forum, which has written to event organisers and local authorities across the nation in a bid to offer advice about event creation during the Games and the dangers of using inexperienced suppliers.

“The thinking behind the letter is also to ensure the Games is a major success and leaves behind a positive legacy for the event industry,” claims the association’s secretary Jim Winship.

In order to avoid the quandary of supplier problems likely to hit firms during the Games, Winship believes that firms should liaise with their current suppliers to talk about a strategy for the event.

As well as checking suppliers have “suitable experience and a track record of working in the events industry”, organisers using event venues should make sure their events are fully risk assessed.

Winship comments: “…2012 is exceptional with a huge number of events happening across the UK at the same time. This means that in some areas there is likely to be excessive pressure on suppliers, which they may not be able to respond to.

“We are particularly concerned that this could result in inexperienced suppliers entering the market with the result that something goes badly wrong and the reputation of the industry as a whole becomes tarnished,” he added.