The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games will take place between the 28th July and 8th August 2022.
The Commonwealth encompasses almost one-third of the world’s population. The Commonwealth Games take place every four years and bring together athletes from across the Commonwealth for 11 days of competitive sport. It is viewed by a global audience of up to 1.5bn.
The games will involve several major infrastructure developments, namely: a £70m expansion of the Alexander Stadium and the construction of a £60m aquatics centre in Sandwell. According to Birmingham City Council, the Games are expected to create on average 4,526 jobs a year until 2022, 950 after.
This page will be kept up to date as more information becomes available. See below for a fuller briefing paper.
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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.
In November 2018 the 2022 Commonwealth Games held a business briefing. You can view a recording of that briefing here.
Between 500,000 and 1million visitors are expected to visit the area during the Games bringing with them significant consumer spend and demand for accommodation.
The Games will involve the recruitment and deployment of up to 12,500 volunteers. In due course, the Organising Committee will be looking to work with employers as well as individuals in the region on recruiting and support for volunteers.
The games are an incredible opportunity for the city. They are a chance to both celebrate and demonstrate our city’s successes to the world, and consolidate and accelerate efforts to continue its impressive growth trajectory. The Games will bring people (and their consumer spend), profile and prestige to the city as well as delivering infrastructure investment and upgrades. It is an opportunity to boost skills with up to 12,500 trained volunteers needed for the games and over 4,500 jobs a year expected to be created up to 2022.
The GBCC will be working hard to ensure local businesses are aware of, and ready to bid for, contracts and supply chain opportunities associated with the games to ensure maximum local economic benefit. We will also be supporting the spirit of the games by encouraging businesses to engage with legacy and volunteering activity.
The Games are also an opportunity to develop and expand trading links between local businesses and Commonwealth markets. There are 2.3 billion people living in Commonwealth nations. By 2020 it is forecast that the Commonwealth will have more than a billion middle class consumers, yet currently only 9% of British exports go to Commonwealth nations.
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