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Business News - Free Event For Olympic Travel Advice


11:43am 7th June 2012

A free event is being laid on for businesses in Weymouth and Portland to discuss their travel plans for the Olympic Games.

A free Travel Advice for Business event hosted by Open4Business, takes place at Riviera Hotel from 10.00am - 1:00pm on Friday, 15 June 2012.  This session is the last in the series of business support initiatives which have helped hundreds of local firms with their transport preparations ahead of the Games.

Employers from across Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester will join forces with Olympic Games officials, for a session to discuss their summer 2012 travel preparations.  As part of the session, an interactive panel discussion will take place with representatives from companies including McDonalds and Boots giving local businesses the opportunity to ask them for advice.  The session will focus on the actions these firms are taking to keep their businesses running smoothly in the run up to and during the 2012 Olympic Games. This includes later closing hours, changing shift patterns and encouraging staff to cycle to work.  

This summer will be much busier than the usual holiday period. Transport will be a challenge for most businesses in the Weymouth & Portland area between 29 July and 11 August 2012 when it hosts the Olympic Sailing and 1 - 6 September 2012, when it hosts the Paralympic Sailing.  The demand on the road network and public transport could affect staff, customers, visitors and those servicing business premises.  Therefore, it is essential that local businesses think about and test their travel action plans now.

With a little over eight weeks until Weymouth & Portland host the 2012 sailing events, the event on 15 June will focus on:
-  Sharing best practice: looking at what local firms are doing
-  The transport challenge local businesses face
-  The transport plans for Weymouth, Portland & Dorchester
-  How local roads will be managed during the Games
-  The local area traffic management parking plan
-  Optimising deliveries, servicing and freight

Local businesses and representative groups from across Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester have been invited to the event, including those from the tourism, catering, retail, manufacturing and financial services industries.  

The event will be chaired by Anna-Maria Geare, Commercial Relationship Manager at Lloyds TSB and President of Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. She said: "In the last year businesses have really embraced the challenge and planned ahead so their operations run smoothly during the Games. This event is a great opportunity for local firms to come together, share ideas and discuss how their businesses have prepared for the summer before it gets too late."

Places are limited but local businesses interested in attending should contact Jenny Hogg on j.hogg@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk or 01305 252250

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