Free tools for venues from London 2012 team

In partnership with Transport for London (TfL), organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games are to provide free tools and workshops to local businesses in order help them minimise disruption during the games.

Under the partnership, organisers will try to keep businesses moving by building action plans that keep supplies, staff and customers coming into their premises during the six-week period.

This includes helping out the owners of corporate venues and function venues, who may be expecting many hundreds of guests at any one time. The programmes on offer will be tailored to each individual business, says a report.

For example, businesses are welcome to attend drop-in workshops that are to be held around the country.

“Millions of additional trips are expected in the capital during the summer of 2012, and the transport network will be severely affected,” explained Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL.

“TfL is working with London 2012 to offer a range of free travel advice to businesses of all types and sizes, to ensure their staff, customers and suppliers can get around and that they can make and receive important deliveries during the games.”

In addition to these walk-in services, an online planning tool is available for businesses such as “retail outlets, restaurant chains and financial institutions to help them devise and implement travel action plans for summer 2012”, says

The planning tool will ask a series of questions about the location of a business, size and staff numbers. It will offer action plans, surveys, maps and fact sheets to help managers coordinate their business effectively.