BIS seeks agency support for London 2012 exhibition to boost UK manufacturing

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has called for agency support to hold a major exhibition to promote UK manufacturing and innovation during the London 2012 Olympics.

Olympics: plans for 2012 manufacturing expo
Olympics: plans for 2012 manufacturing expo

As part of its drive to boost the profile and reputation of UK manufacturing, BIS is drawing up plans for an exhibition of examples of the best of the sector to run throughout the Games. A location for the showcase has not yet been decided.

A BIS spokesman said: 'We have asked for expressions of interest for the organisation and delivery of a showcase of the best in UK manufacturing and innovation to take place next year at the time of the Olympic Games.'

The agency will be required to oversee the planning and development of the exhibition, which is aimed at interesting foreign CEOs in UK manufacturing and innovation.
The event will be promoted by BIS' in-house media team.
The COI is managing the tender process. It is thought a select number of multidisciplinary London agencies have been contacted for possible participation.

The department has already run a number of exhibitions to promote UK industry, holding events focusing on London 2012 products and low carbon vehicles in March as part of a rolling series.

Earlier this year, business minister Mark Prisk said that growing manufacturing was a 'central part of our plans to create economic growth' and identified the Olympic and Paralympics Games as providing vital opportunities for UK business.

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