Canary Wharf Group to run Olympics 'stress test'

By Rob Virtue on April 10, 2012 2:33 PM |

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Conditions similar to during the 2012 Games will be created in an unprecedented test next month.

The 'stress test' will see businesses encouraged to implement their planned Olympics working arrangements for two days and is aimed at finding out if employees can still access their systems and use telecommunications remotely.

Canary Wharf Group is leading the initiative with Deloitte prviding a confidential online survey to track results.

Drew Gibson, Business Continuity Manager at Canary Wharf Group plc says: "The stress test will provide business of all sizes and in all sectors across London with an exciting opportunity to work together on these kinds of issues.

"By planning ahead we can develop our overall resilience and capitalise on the boost to London's economy this summer, while helping London to deliver a successful London 2012 Games."

Companies have been encouraged by transport officials and Games organisers to look at staffing arrangements offering alternatives to working in the office because of fears of an overload of passengers at some periods of the Olympics.

Firms have been looking at options including working from home and from an office away from central and east London.

The stress test will take place on May 8 and 9.

Other parties involved include the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and the Financial Services Authority.

TfL's director of Games transport Mark Evers said: "Many organisations are already putting their plans in place to ensure they can continue to run effectively and profitably during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"The Stress Test provides businesses with the perfect opportunity to test their plans and identify any issues they may need to address ahead of the Games. Help and advice is also available for businesses that haven't started planning yet, at getaheadofthegames.com."

The FSA's Head of Resilience John Milne said: "We strongly support this initiative by Canary Wharf Group which will offer firms a unique opportunity to dry-run the plans they have put in place for the Olympics."

Organisations that wish to participate are required to register at deloitte.co.uk/stresstest.

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