The London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) want to hear from agencies by 19 July.
A tender notice drawn up by the two organisations states that they are ‘looking to appoint a company to provide a wide range of public affairs support in order to inform and underpin our political and public sector, Government and wider stakeholder engagement programmes’.
In particular, the successful agency will provide ‘detailed coverage of the UK political arena from very highest level to local level’. It will also undertake ‘monitoring and analysis of relevant policy arenas, allied to strong strategic and tactical policy advice’. And it will provide support for party conference and political event programmes.
Locog and the ODA are the bodies charged with bringing the games to fruition. Alongside the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, they have shaped the 2012 comms message.
According to Locog chair Lord Coe, the ODA ‘builds the theatres’ and Locog ‘stages the plays’. The two organisations have said they will consider using two agencies working in partnership.
Once initial responses have been received by midday 19 July, a shortlist will be drawn up and agencies notified within two weeks. An agency will be appointed in September.