Ipswich: Prettys event aims to promote Olympics legacy

EAST Anglian law firm Prettys is aiming to help local businesses reap the benefits of the Olympics’ legacy, as well as manage any restructuring following the games.

A free breakfast seminar on Tuesday, September 11 will look at the development of the Olympic site, which is due to continue until 2030, and the construction opportunities for local businesses.

Guest speaker at the event will be Tom Smith of ISG, the construction company responsible for the iconic Olympic velodrome.

Kelly Sayers, from Prettys’ employment team, will discuss the adjustments that may be required to help businesses cope with a reduced workload following big events such as the Olympics.

With funding playing a crucial part in any business expansion, Roland Sharp, head of Prettys’ commercial dispute resolution team, will talk about the mis-selling of interest swap products which has been making headlines recently.

Designed to help firms taking out loans by protecting them against rising interest rates, the FSA has found “serious failings”* in the sale of these products and Roland will discuss the implications and remedies for anyone affected by this topic.

Members of Prettys’ construction, employment and commercial law teams will also be on hand to offer practical, expert advice.

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Paul Dickie, chief executive at Prettys, said: “I believe that the outstanding success of the Olympics has instilled a renewed sense of pride and optimism. The development and now the redevelopment of the Olympic village continues to provide real opportunities for local businesses.

“This seminar will help companies identify how they can benefit from the new opportunities and also how to manage any necessary organisational change at the end of a project.”

The seminar will be held at Wherstead Park, The Street, Wherstead, near Ipswich, and will run from 8.30am to 10.30am. Registration will start at 8.00am and a light breakfast will be included. If you would like to attend the event, email academy@prettys.co.uk. or visit www.prettys.co.uk .