Olympics to boost London businesses

THE OLYMPICS will lead to a business boom for London as the city is showcased to heads of states who will use their visit as a diplomatic opportunity, insisted the Department for Transport’s London director Jonathan Sharrock yesterday.

Deloitte director Mark Naysmith said: “Two weeks before the Athens Olympics the smell of fresh paint lingered in the air, but London will do better – as long as businesses deliver.”

However, Britain’s biggest banks, retailers and professional services firms, from John Lewis to HSBC, were urged yesterday to change their habits or face serious disruption this summer. British gold-medallist Kieran West implored the companies to keep London moving for the sake of Brit-ain’s Olympians, if not its businesses.