With only 500 days until the London 2012 Olympics, leading business continuity consultancy Steelhenge releases advice on improving business resilience

Top Quote Steelhenge Consulting has released ten top tips to help businesses improve their business resilience in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics, only 500 days away as of March 15th, 2011. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 12, 2011 - Leading business continuity consultancy Steelhenge has published advice on its website to help businesses prepare for the London 2012 Olympics by improving their business resilience. The advice is provided in ten top tips, designed to be relevant for all businesses and organisations, regardless of size and whether they already have a business continuity plan in place. To download the 'Preparing for the Olympics Top 10 Tips', visit http://www.steelhenge.co.uk/500-days-are-you-prepared.php or call 0845 094 2117.

    "We've spoken to many businesses who haven't yet considered the impact the London Olympics will have on their operations either because they feel that 2012 is still too far away to worry about or that the Games is unlikely to cause significant disruption as it's only over a period of a few weeks," said Isobel Nicholas, Director of Communications for Steelhenge. "However, preparation for the games will begin months in advance causing much wider disruption and on March 15th 2011, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics will only be 500 days away, so we decided to try and help businesses prepare, whilst there is still time to do so, by releasing these ten business resilience tips."

    When asked what kind of impact the London 2012 Olympics could have on UK businesses, Isobel replied; "The primary impact of the Olympics will be on people with higher than usual staff absenteeism expected due to time off to see events, volunteering at the Games, transport disruption and so on. There are 33 Olympic venues nationally and the Games are preceded by a nationwide Torch Relay starting in May. During previous Olympic Games, the estimated rate of absenteeism was 30% and is the current planning assumption for the London Games. There's also the transport issue," Isobel continued. "As thousands of athletes, spectators and media travel to and from events, transport networks will be stretched, particularly in London. This will not only directly affect staff but also have a knock on effect to their supply chain," Isobel explained.

    "Despite these concerns, we wanted to send out a positive message," Isobel added. "Releasing these ten tips for business resilience now reminds people that even though the Olympics are closer than they probably thought, they still have time to act. In addition," Isobel concluded, "if the advice is acted upon, it will provide an ongoing benefit by improving business resilience for years to come."

    About Steelhenge
    Steelhenge Consulting provides end to end business continuity, crisis management and emergency planning services to a broad range of corporate clients internationally, as well as to UK Government Departments, local authorities, the European Commission and NGOs. Steelhenge also delivers specialist services in energy resilience, utility resilience, ICT continuity management, information security and sports event emergency management. Steelhenge has particular expertise in the preparation of people to perform effectively in implementing business continuity and recovery plans, and in communicating both internally and externally with stakeholders during a crisis.

    Established in 2004, with offices in London and Salisbury, Steelhenge is the UK's leader in the delivery of bespoke emergency response training and incident management exercises for staff at all levels from the strategic through the tactical to the operational. Steelhenge's business continuity and crisis management consultants have been recruited from a broad range of sectors in order to create a depth of expertise and knowledge across the resilience landscape. All senior staff have operational experience of crises, incidents, emergencies or disasters, enabling them to deliver pragmatic business continuity and crisis management solutions along with crisis communications and media training based on real-life experience.

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