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Small businesses urged to make 'severe weather plan'

Though we are trying to deny it, Summer is over and Autumn and Winter are on their way.  That means the weather will soon deteriorate, so the question is, are you prepared?

Almost 60% of small firms do not have plans in place for extreme weather - despite two thirds having been affected by snow, drought or floods in the last three years - a survey suggests.

The Federation of Small Businesses, which commissioned the research, said firms "need to get better prepared".

The survey also found 29% of small firms did not have insurance for loss of income or damage caused by flooding.

A total of 1,199 federation members took part in the survey.

It found 59% of small businesses had "no resilience plans to combat extreme weather".

The federation said damage caused by widespread flooding last year cost firms in affected areas an average of £1,531.

Mike Cherry, the federation's national policy chairman, said: "Last year was the wettest winter on record and 3,200 commercial properties were flooded in the UK.

"With such extreme weather events on the increase, small businesses need all the help they can get to make sure they can stay open whatever the weather."

Of the businesses in the survey which said they had been affected by extreme weather, 46% said they experienced disruption to staff and customers, while 32% said suppliers, utilities or transport arrangements were disrupted.

We have prepared a helpful checklist for dealing with the different types of weather this time of year brings.  To read it, please click here.

Rowlands & Hames would like to thank the BBC for this article.


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