Small Businesses – Plan Now for Weather Disruption
Small firms must put contingency plans in place now for disruption from bad weather this winter – that’s the message from business groups following the Met Office’s warning of heavy snow at the end of November.
The East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, and the North East have been warned to expect severe weather during the last week of November – and businesses could be hard hit.
Last year, firms across the UK suffered disruption as the UK experienced its coldest winter for 30 years. This year, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned firms to be better prepared.
“While last winter’s erratic weather is still fresh in their memory, firms need to think how they might react better this winter and what reasonable measures could be taken to alleviate the effects. This means making sure that staff know what to do if bad weather strikes.”
“In addition, employers should keep an eye on the weather in the afternoon, taking care that workers do not get trapped at work and are put at risk as weather conditions worsen.”
Forum of Private Business (FPB) spokesman, Chris Gorman, urged businesses to prepare for the potential financial impact of bad weather and said FPB members could use the group’s helpline.
“We can advise our members on how to draw continuity plans up through our general helpline. They can also get general advice on how to cope with weather-related problems, such as employee absence and disruption to supplies, through our 24-hour legal helpline.”
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has set up an interest-free loan fund for members hit by the recent floods in Cornwall. A spokeswoman confirmed that this is likely to be extended if businesses in other areas are damaged by floods over the winter.
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