The Forum of Private Business (FPB) issued the advice to forecasters predicting an end to the unseasonably mild conditions across the UK towards the end of November, stating that SMEs can be particularly vulnerable to the impact of freak weather.
As a result, they need to start planning ahead by checking their premises are winter-proof, insurance is up to date, and contingency plans are well-thought-out in case staff can't get in to work.
The Met Office predicts that December is likely to start with severe frost, with the chance of snow for many areas closer to Christmas, while a recent YouGov Omnibus SME survey found that 13 per cent of small businesses said they were seriously impacted by last winter's bad weather.
Researchers also found that 34 per cent of workers experienced 'significant problems' getting to work last winter with ten per cent unable to get in at all at some point.
FPB head of campaigns Jane Bennett noted that disruptive snowfall hampers deliveries, triggers heating and power failures and can sometimes mean employees can't get to work.
"It's essential small businesses do all they can themselves to mitigate the impact, and being proactive now will mean not having to rush out a last minute reactive plan on the eve of bad weather, which may not be all that effective," she said.
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Posted by Wayne Bly
Source: The Sales Director News