Assessing various risk factors and threats brought about by the London Olympics to all businesses in and around the capital as well as planning assumptions on expected levels of disruption, Steelhenge urges company directors to address their business continuity and incident management arrangements to ensure they stay up and running. From serious threats posed by extremist groups to communication network failure, Steelhenge offers solutions for how London companies can prepare and increase business resilience in such circumstances.
This guidance is designed to be relevant for all businesses and organisations, regardless of size and whether they already have a continuity plan in place. The article ‘London 2012 Olympic Threats’,http://www.steelhenge.co.uk/
“We’ve spoken to many businesses who still don’t have sufficient contingency plans in place or feel 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, much can be done in the remaining time to guard against potential problems which may affect productivity levels and the general functioning of business, both during and after the Olympics.”
“The media has raised much awareness of the issues surrounding the extra pressure on our already stretched transport system and how staff absenteeism will affect businesses in the capital”, Isobel adds; “But as business resilience specialists, we need organisations to safeguard their productivity by putting appropriate continuity plans in place to minimise the impact of any related disruptions.”
Steelhenge stresses that the release of these documents is not intended to incite panic, but more to provoke reaction: “Despite these concerns, we want to send out a positive message. By releasing this advice we hope to remind people that even though the Olympics are drawing close, they still have time to act.” Isobel concludes, “If the advice is acted upon, it will provide an ongoing benefit by improving business resilience for years to come. Contingency plans for companies in London should be in place regardless of any big event, so if this prompts business directors to recognise potential risks and have a system in place for any eventuality, then this will be good progress. The UK is privileged to be hosting such an event and by making sure we are sufficiently prepared, business owners can enjoy the occasion alongside a worldwide audience of four billion spectators, with the knowledge that their organisation is sufficiently protected against any incidents which could arise.”