The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a great opportunity for businesses. However, they also need to be prepared for any possible disruption to ‘everyday’ activity which the games might bring, particularly around certain parts of London.

If your business is located near to a Games venue or a travel hotspot, you need to start planning as soon as possible to reduce any adverse impact that the Games could have on your business.

In Hertfordshire there are a number of Olympic and Paralympics activities taking place:

Friday 27 July - Sunday 9 September

Hertfordshire Showground at Redbourn will be used as the Park and Ride for the Olympic Park in Stratford and will operate on a 24 hour basis.

Sunday 29 July - Thursday 2 August

Olympic Canoe Slalom Event at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, A121, Waltham Cross.

Friday 3 August and Saturday 4 August

As part of the Cultural Olympiad a 30 metre high marionette of Lady Godiva will be transported to London via a cyclopedia of 25 cyclists moving at 4mph. On Friday it will be travelling through Harpenden, Wheathampstead and Hatfield. On Saturday it will travel from Hatfield through Welham Green, Brookmans Park, Cuffley, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross.

Wednesday 29 August from 12.30am - 3.45am

The Paralympics Torch will be travelling through Tring, Berkhamsted, Bourne End, Watford and Bushey.