Deloitte joins London 2012

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Team 2012 presented by Visa, the official fundraising programme for British athletes striving to be selected for Team GB and ParalympicsGB at London 2012, has announced business advisory firm Deloitte as an official supporter.

Team 2012, presented by Visa, has created a programme for small and medium sized companies (SMEs) called Our Team 2012 and Deloitte is perfectly positioned to highlight opportunities to companies around the UK. Deloitte is enabling Team 2012 to introduce the Our Team 2012 programme to its SME clients and yesterday its London office hosted the first in a series of events around the UK, with speakers including Paul Deighton, the Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Team 2012 athletes Conrad Williams (Athletics) and Craig McCann (Paralympic Fencing). Businesses attending the event heard about progress being made in the organisation of the Games, along with the findings of Deloittes latest research into the preparedness of UK businesses for the impact of London 2012. The research discovered that whilst 95 per cent of UK companies intend to assess the opportunities and challenges to their business arising from London 2012, 53 per cent have yet to start this process. Our Team 2012 is a unique opportunity for SMEs to invest in athletes preparations in the lead up to London 2012. The programme not only raises vital funds for athletes but brings a catalogue of business benefits to those that join by providing an authentic link with the athletes looking to compete in London 2012, opportunities for staff engagement, access to hospitality and networking events, tickets to major sporting events across the UK (including a hospitality package to the London Olympic Games) staff training and more. The package costs just £7, 500 payable in each of two financial years. Deighton, who is also the Director of Team 2012, said, Our Team 2012 is another example of how investing in British athletes preparations for the London Games is bringing opportunities to companies throughout the country. Our aim is to empower small and medium sized companies to play an important role in ensuring our athletes are best prepared by helping Team 2012 reach its target of up to £25 million and in so doing, also benefit their own businesses. Team 2012, presented by Visa, was launched in 2009 and helps to raise funds to support over 1, 200 athletes who are in training to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The British Olympic Association, ParalympicsGB, LOCOG and UK Sport came together to raise funds to help create the best prepared teams for the London Games. Team 2012 has a fundraising aim of £25 million and to date £15. 6 million has been raised from the private sector. Deloitte is the official professional services provider to London 2012 and is further strengthening its support for the Games through the Team 2012 programme. Annabel Pritchard, Deloittes London 2012 sponsorship director, said: London 2012 will be a Games for the entire nation. Through Our Team 2012 we hope to help highlight to businesses across the UK the opportunity to play an integral role in preparing next summers Olympic and Paralympic heroes. Our support for London 2012 means we are already making a significant impact in helping to organise the Games themselves, but it goes deeper than that for us – we believe we also have a significant role to play in taking the Games message out to British business. Genix Healthcare, a Yorkshire–based healthcare company, is the latest to join the programme with managing director Tricia Manga stating: Our reasons for joining Our Team 2012 are simple: we believe in investing in excellence. We heard about the programme through Deloitte and couldnt wait to get involved. We want to support British athletes to help realise their full potential as we believe Genix share the same values as Team 2012. We are really looking forward to being part of an exceptional experience and history. Andrew Harfoot, managing director of Kent–based agency Springboard Marketing and another Follower of Our Team 2012 described his organisation as being, inspired and humbled in equal measure by our athletes commitment, and hoped that, by being a Follower of Team 2012, we can help them achieve their goals for the London 2012 Games. Sir Matthew Pinsent, the four–time Olympic gold medallist and Chairman of Team 2012 fundraising, said: Deloittes support will ensure that Team 2012 reaches out to companies throughout the UK. Team 2012 provides our Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls with vital access to support services and businesses up and down the UK can help to play their part in making history at London 2012.

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