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How businesses in Central London should be starting to prepare for travel disruptions during the 2012 Games

Business not as usual.

Don’t think that because your business is not in East London that you won’t be affected by the 2012 Games. There are a total of 22 competition venues in London and whilst many are based Stratford way, several events will take place in Central London; Hyde Park, Earl’s Court, Lords and the Horse Guards Parade for instance. Transport networks throughout London will be stretched to their limits. It is estimated that there will be an extra 3.3 million journeys taking place on the busiest days of the competition. The capital will be welcoming some 55,000 members of the Olympic family (athletes, officials, sponsors, the media etc.) and 8.8 million ticketed spectators – that’s a lot of people!

During the Games, the tubes, DLR and overground trains will run both more frequently and later. There’ll be an extra 200 buses on the roads and the Javelin Service will shuttle people from Kings Cross to Stratford in just 7 minutes. But this won’t be enough to keep London moving. Businesses should therefore be considering ways they can help alleviate the stress on the capital’s transport system. They should also be planning for severe disruptions to their supply chains during the nine weeks of the Games. If you don’t think your business’s supply chain will be affected, think again – what about those all important deliveries of tea, toilet roll and post?

According to Rose McArthur (part of the Travel Advice for Business Team), businesses should start preparing themselves now, so that they can work around peak times and busy competition days. They should think about flexible working: who can work at home on which days and can employees travel to work at a different time, for instance come in earlier and leave earlier? Individuals should be considering different routes to work – can they walk or cycle parts of their journey? According to McArthur, it’s all about ‘peak spreading’ – this will keep London moving during the Games, the biggest event a country can host.

For more information on what you can do as a business or an individual,

What The British Really Mean

My thanks to Trinity College Dublin for this wise advice to non-English speakers.

It is well known that the British do not always say what they really mean. So, with the growing international nature of the business, the definitions below may help people from other nations understand their British counterparts better.

What they say – What they mean – What is understood

1)I hear what you say - I disagree and don’t wish to discuss it any further - He accepts my point of view
2)With the greatest respect - I think you are wrong (or an idiot) - He is listening to me
3)Not bad - Good or very good - Poor or mediocre
4)Quite good - A bit disappointing - Quite good
5)Perhaps you would like to think about…I would suggest…It would be nice if… - This is an order. Do it or be prepared to justify yourself - Think about the idea, but do what you like
6)Where appropriate - Do whatever you like - Do it if you can
7)Oh, by the way…Incidentally… - This is the primary purpose of our discussion - This is not very important
8)I was a bit disappointed that…It is a pity you… - I’m very annoyed - It doesn’t really matter
9)Very interesting - What a load of rubbish - They are impressed
10)Could we consider some other options - I don’t like your ideas - They have not yet decided
11)I’ll bear it in mind - I will do nothing about it - They will probably do it
12)Please think about that some more - It is a bad idea. Don’t do it - Good idea; keep developing it
13)I’m sure it is my fault - It is your fault! - It was their fault
14)This is an original point of view - You must be crazy - They like my ideas
15)You must come for dinner sometime - NOT an invitation, just being polite - I will receive an invitation shortly

And you thought it was just Consultants who used doublespeak…

BLT – 25th Anniversary Year

It’s our 25th anniversary in 2012. If you’d like to contribute an anecdote about BLT, please get in touch.

I may have been one of BLT’s first consultant recruits but I was almost certainly the easiest!

I worked for Birmingham City Council way back in 1987 in an internal consultancy called the Management Effectiveness Unit. We had a great Chief Executive who gave me some honest career advice that I ought to see more how more organisations worked and experience the private sector. He was frankly pushing at an open door. I was only interested in Government consultancy and the market leader was Coopers & Lybrand. I had met the local Partner, Ken Crossland, when he tried to sell us an IT strategy, and I had warmed to him. So I asked Don Leslie to arrange a discussion with Ken. One week later I had met him and the lead consulting Partner in the Birmingham office. The following week I had an offer and moved. I am sure Don wished all assignments were so easy.

Alan Edwards
International Director

Alan Edwards went on to became a Partner at both IBM and KPMG

New Visa regulations from 01/04/2012

Any student educated at a UK university will be entitled to work under a Tier 2 visa provided the role pays at least £20k (or higher in some cases)

Any student educated outside the UK will be entitled to work under a Tier 2 visa provided the role pays as above, and the Resident Labour Market Test is satisfied (ie the role has been advertised and no UK/EU person can be found to do it.)

The Tier 2 visa is obtained from the UK Borders Agency, and the Employer issues a Certificate of Sponsorship which lasts 3 years, can be renewed for a further 2, and then the student can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

There is no limit to the number of Certificates of Sponsorship an employer can offer to UK-educated students. For those educated outside the UK, there is currently a limit of 15,000 Certificates per month.

There is also a Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa which lasts 2 years and in issued to those under 30 from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Monaco, Japan and South Korea.

Most employers are unaware of the current rules.

What Is The Point in Interests on a CV

You know the very last bit on your CV? Those few lines – almost an afterthought – where you write something about your outside interests and achievements?

I’ve been taking a closer look at what you’ve been putting down, and wondering What Is The Point?
In a CV you should try to present as much useful information as possible about yourself within the confines of a couple of pages of A4. So when it gets to that very, very last bit, why do you let yourselves down? What possible positive message is conveyed by “going to the cinema” or “reading”?

I remember, as a teenager, being desperate to impress at the first dinner party I’d been invited to by the parents of my girlfriend. “All you need to do is talk sensibly about the topics on the front and back pages of the newspaper” advised a friendly Uncle. (And it worked: the parents took a shine to me, even if the girlfriend decided shortly after that she didn’t.) Maybe that’s why “current affairs” and “watching sport/football/cricket ”pops up regularly on CVs – more advice from friendly Uncles. But it’s not good enough now you’re not 15.

So please: try to think of the interests and achievements – last year in high school onwards – which really say something about you, and make you distinctive. How about the charity fundraising, the reading support, the new society you founded at Uni? The team sports you captained, the community group you led? You owe it to yourself…..

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