Business groups have advised businesses to do all they can to mitigate the impact of bad weather, which can disrupt deliveries, cause heating and power failures and make it difficult for employees to get to work.
- Allowing staff to work from home – this could include providing computers and setting up remote access to servers and company emails
- Weatherproofing businesses – this may include lagging water pipes to prevent them from bursting
- Insurance – this should cover both property damage and any drop in turnover that could occur as a result.
The advice comes as a cold snap sweeps across the UK and extreme weather events – such as flooding – occur more frequently. YouGov figures showed that snowy conditions have impacted 37 per cent of small and medium sized businesses at some point.
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