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Regional Event: Business Continuity and the Olympics

Academic journal article Manager

Regional Event: Business Continuity and the Olympics

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On 29 March business expert Kathryn Hurt, from MWB Business Exchange, was invited to speak about 'Business Continuity and the Olympics'. The event was held in the new Andrew Young Suite in Vauxhall, London.

The event commenced with an icebreaker about'Jumping the Hurdles', based on a recent BBC Magazine article by Tom de Castella entitled 'London 2012: 10 reasons some people will dread the Olympics' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ magazine-17525402).

After a lively discussion about the impact of the Games on business and personal affairs, a number of questions were raised, including:

* What will demand on the public transport system be like? (For example, the London underground network and so-called 'Boris Bikes'.)

* What are the security arrangements going to be like? (For example, the availability of police to deal with any incidents.)

* Will the IT infrastructure cope with increased demand?

* Can I work flexibly?

Members and guests then welcomed Kathryn, who outlined the importance of developing a business continuity plan for the summer's events. The Olympics will not just be taking place during a two-week period. You may be planning different work arrangements for up to seven weeks! During her talk Kathryn mentioned that more than 20 million additional people will be using the transport network. Road closures will also impact heavily over the period.This will not only have an impact on employees getting to and from work, but also on supplier and client relationships.

However, where do you start when developing your continuity plan? Kathryn suggests that you first need to review your business critical activities, and then how these activities ought to be resourced and located. …

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