There are a number of key partners involved in delivering the Games including:
Birmingham City Council – the host city, responsible for providing the city services, transport, and venues infrastructure to facilitate the Games
The Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee - responsible for the planning and operational delivery of the Games. This includes the sport programme, venue and competition management, ticket sales, all ceremonies and the Queen's Baton Relay
The West Midlands Growth Company – responsible for delivering the £24m Business and Tourism Programme (BATP)
West Midlands Combined Authority – responsible for delivering a Commonwealth Games Jobs and Skills Academy, coordinating transport (through Transport for West Midlands) and other wider support for the Games
The Department for Culture Media & Sport, the Department for International Trade, Visit Britain, Sport England and the Commonwealth Games Federation among others are also playing roles in various activities.
In the run up to the Games, an array of products and services will need to be procured in order to ensure the success of the games. These will range from large scale infrastructure to the Commonwealth Games branding, to catering and training. In addition, there will be further supply chain opportunities created by the organisations delivering the major direct contracts.
All contracts over a value of £10k will be advertised via the Birmingham 2022 Business Portal.
All host-city contracts over £10k will be advertised on FindItInBirmingham.
CGF Partnerships – a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Games Federation – is seeking expressions of interest to acquire the rights to manufacture and sell products bearing the Birmingham 2022, Commonwealth Sport and Home Nations brands. Local businesses with distinctive ideas can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Birmingham 2022 competition schedule features more medal events for women than men for the first time in Commonwealth Games history, as well as a fully integrated para-sport programme.
In total there will be 286 sessions across 19 different sports taking places at venues across Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Cannock Chase, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Leamington and London.
Attending the Games is an ideal way to be part of this once in a generation experience, engage and reward teams and/or engage customers or suppliers.
The West Midlands Ticket Ballot closed 30th July 2021 and the National Ticket Ballot closed 30th September 2021 (click here)
Further information on corporate hospitality packages at a selection of sporting events will be available later in 2021.
The Games will involve the recruitment and deployment of up to 13,000 volunteers known as ‘the Commonwealth Collective’.
Find out more about volunteering here.
The West Midlands Combined Authority is also funding a Commonwealth Games Jobs and Skills Academy. This offers fully funded qualifications in Event management, Digital marketing, Hospitality, Health, Lifestyle and Science, Sports coaching and Team Leading.
It is available for West Midlands Combined Authority Area Residents over the age of 19. Find out more here
The Games have also launched Gen 22.
Gen22 provides an opportunity for young people (16-24) from the West Midlands to gain employability boosting opportunities through the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It is aimed at young people who might otherwise struggle to access Games related opportunities. Barriers could include: lack of confidence; being a young carer or young parent; or having a criminal record.
Participants will work with Birmingham 2022’s authorised organisations to undertake a 30-hour volunteering assignment.
The Gen22 team are looking for organisations that might be able to offer one or more Gen22 participants the opportunity to undertake their assignment with them. Assignment Providers can be from any sector – for example charities, businesses, sports clubs or educational establishments. Assignment Providers will be given a licence to use the Gen22 brand (if they meet eligibility criteria). Find out more here.
Alongside the 11 days of sport that the Games will deliver, the organisers will be coordinating a programme of cultural events including a major festival, opening and closing ceremonies, live viewing sites across the region and activity to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay. Find out more here .
Separate to, but coinciding with the Games is Festival 2022. It aims to be a £130m Government backed UK-wide celebration creativity and innovation, designed in collaboration with the devolved administrations to showcase the best of UK art, culture, heritage, design and technology sectors. The project will be delivered by a dedicated team established within the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. Find out more here
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is backed by a number of different sponsors, partners and supporters. Find out more about becoming a partner or sponsor here.
As part of their “Get Set for the Games” campaign, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee have released information on road races taking place during the Games and associated temporary road closures. The main locations are:
The Marathon Course, 30th July 2022 : The Birmingham 2022 Marathon is made up of two distinct sections. An 18km loop starting from Smithfield heading South out of the city towards Bournville which all athletes will complete twice. This is followed by a 6.2km section through the city centre, which finishes in Victoria Square.
The Triathlon, 31st July 2022: Sutton Park and Sutton Coldfield
Cycling Time Trial, 4th August: It will start and finish in West Park, Wolverhampton, but pass through Dudley, Staffordshire, and South Staffordshire.
Cycling Road Race, 7th August: It will start and finish in St Nicholas Park in Warwick
Find out more about the Transport for West Midlands Games Transport Plan here.
The West Midlands Growth Company is the lead partner for delivering the B2022 Business and Tourism Programme. It is a £24m programme aimed at creating a long-term legacy by boosting perceptions of the West Midlands and UK as a world-class destination for trade, investment and tourism. Find out more here.
The UK Government’s Department for International Trade will be delivering a range of webinars and support on trading with Commonwealth Markets and the Global Sports Economy in the run up to B2022. They will also be leading delivery of UK House during the Games itself, activity based at a strategic location aimed at showcasing sporting, cultural and economic strengths of the UK and exploiting the international and domestic business opportunities arising from the Games.
Businesses looking to tap into the Games spirit and organise promotions, campaigns or other activity linked to the B2022 Commonwealth Games must make themselves aware of the Brand Protection regulations applied to the event.
There are strict rules in place on use of Games Marks and logos or presenting association with the B2022 Commonwealth Games, click here for more information
Almost 300 local businesses took part in the GBCC Birmingham Commonwealth Games Business Barometer Poll in Q1 2021:
The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce will be representing our members’ needs and ambitions for the Games throughout this period. In 2020 we released our Commonwealth Games manifesto A Game Changer for Businesses?
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Advertising and Trading Measures for Businesses
The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Act 2020 provides a small number of essential, temporary measures for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, including a prohibition on unauthorised associations with the Games.
October 2021 Q&A: Games director on Birmingham 2022 opportunities
What developments have there been since our last Q&A? What opportunities for businesses are coming up? GBCC CEO and B2022 legacy director discuss
August 2021 Q&A: Games director on Birmingham 2022’s legacy
What impact and legacy will B2022 leave? And how can businesses get involved? GBCC CEO and B2022 legacy director discuss
1 Year to Go: Special Edition of the GBCC Podcast
An exploration of how preparations for the Games are progressing and the opportunities ahead with a range of special guests.
1 Year To Go: Special Edition of ChamberLink Magazine
A collection of interviews and comment pieces with key players in the Games as part of the GBCC’s high profile monthly magazine
Birmingham 2022 Business Opportunities
An exploration of the opportunities for businesses arising from B2022
The Benefits of Trading With Commonwealth Markets
A guide to trading opportunities with Singapore and South Africa
Opportunities on Our Doorstep
An overview of how Solihull is preparing for and aiming to make the most out of B2022
How to prepare your business for public sector tendering and Commonwealth Games 2022 procurement
An overview of the world of tendering for public sector contracts with a Commonwealth Games focus
Keep up to date on opportunities with the Games and bilateral trade with Commonwealth nations.
Register with FindItInCommonwealthGames for the latest contracts from the Games Organising Committee.
Register with FindItInBirmingham for the latest contracts from the Host City: Birmingham City Council.
Keep up to date on the latest news and opportunities for tickets, Games programme and volunteering.
The latest information on funded training opportunities for your employees related to hospitality and tourism skills.
The £24m West Midlands Growth Company led programme focused on trade, investment and tourism.