On 22 September TfL launched their 'One Stop Shop'
to help businesses and Londoners plan for the Games transport challenges.
TfL announced today new programmes launched to help businesses of all sizes keep operating during the Olympic Games.
In response to FSB lobbying for support for businesses of all sizes, TfL have announced two new programmes to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and multisite businesses run smoothly during the 2012 Games.
From August, multisite companies employing more than 200 people, such as retail outlets, restaurant chains and financial institutions, can receive bespoke advice to help them devise and implement travel action plans for their organisations during the summer of 2012. Each session will help firms manage the impact of the Games on staff and business operations and optimise deliveries, servicing and freight during Games time. This new programme, which is seeking to work with at least 100 multisite companies, mirrors the support already available to organisations that employ more than 200 people at a single location.
Secondly, TfL will be running more than 50 free workshops across the country. These will be for firms with less than 200 employees that are based in areas set to be most impacted by the London 2012 Games. The drop-in sessions will help small and medium sized enterprises prepare for any travel disruption that may affect their business, and will cover topics such as how local roads will be managed, optimising deliveries and offering flexible working during Games time.
To find out more and to sign up for the workshops email, email@example.com
or visit www.london2012.com/traveladviceforbusiness
for more information and advice.
Additionally a new online planning tool has been developed which helps businesses of all sizes think about the key issues that will affect them during the Games. The tool asks a series of questions about staff and business travel, customers, visitors, suppliers and deliveries. After answering the questions, the travel planning tool provides companies with suggested actions and the considerations they will need to take into account. Any business can start planning now by visiting www.london2012.com/traveladviceforbusiness and selecting the ‘Make your Plan'.
FSB member, David Waterman from I. Waterman (Box Makers) Ltd, a company formed in 1897 that is based in east London and employs 16 staff has been working with TfL to help them shape their programme for small busiensses said: "These workshops are just what small businesses like mine are after. Face-to-face sessions like these are the best way to get instant answers to questions and work through any issues to ensure our business is ready for the Games. Doing nothing is not an option – businesses need to understand what the ramifications of the 2012 Games will be, and the sooner companies plan the better."