Merton Council calls on businesses to sign up to 2012 opportunities

Merton Council is calling on residents and local businesses to make sure they benefit as much as possible from the 2012 Games.

At an Open Meeting on Thursday 13 November, 6.45pm-8.30pm in the Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills the council and partners will advise on the benefits to be gained from the 2012 Games and how to get involved in the opportunities that they offer.

Project Leader for Go South Go, Ian Parkes and Merton Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Diana Sterck will be speaking about issues that businesses in Beijing had to face in the 2008 Games as well as the opportunities that the Olympics and Paralympics will open up for Merton businesses in 2012. Also joining the meeting will be Professor Dick Fisher from St Mary’s University College, Twickenham who will speak about how organisations and local people can get involved in the run-up to the Games welcoming athletes from overseas who will train in the South London area and be taking advantage of the local facilities including sports and entertainment venues as well as accommodation.

There is limited capacity at the meeting, so residents and business owners wishing to book a place at the meeting should e-mail or telephone 020 8545 4069.

Merton Council Cabinet Member for community services Councillor Maurice Groves said: “This will give local people the opportunity to hear about what we have been doing at a local level since the Olympic and Paralympic handovers and what we have planned over the coming months. Businesses will be able to benefit hugely from the Games coming to London. We will keep local residents informed of what is going on in their borough by holding these regular meetings and offering them as much information and practical advice as possible.”

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