Merton to make the most of 2012

Merton Council is offering a helping hand to hoteliers, bed and breakfast owners and businesses keen to take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Everyone is welcome to the open meeting on Thursday 19 November at the Mansel Road Centre (Trinity United Reform Church) in Mansel Road, Wimbledon. The get-together kicks off at 6.45pm till 8.30pm.

Representatives from Visit London will be on hand giving top tips on the tourism opportunities opening up thanks to the Games. The evening will also include a presentation by Polka Theatre’s artistic director Jonathan Lloyd showcasing their Writing the World project which invites children to find out and write about what a child’s life is like in countries such as India, South Africa and Brazil. Olympic year 2012 will focus on a child’s life in the UK.

The South London Partnership will be speaking about the possibility of Olympic and Paralympic teams setting up training camps in the area. They will also be explaining the best ways in which businesses can capitalise on the positive effect athletes staying in south London will have on the borough’s economy.

Cabinet member for finance and regeneration Councillor Diane Neil Mills said: “The Olympics and Paralympics offer fantastic opportunities for hotels, bed and breakfasts and businesses in the area. 2012 is a chance for Merton to really shine and this open meeting will help residents understand how they can make the most of the Games.

“We are committed to putting our residents first and this includes making sure we give businesses all the help they need to succeed, especially in the current economic climate.”