The big freeze

Winter business continuity – Are you ready for the big freeze?

We know the weather predictions are always a tad dramatic, with phrases such as ‘arctic freeze’ and ‘polar vortex’ being thrown around. However, it is worth paying attention to the fact that your business could suffer because of the winter.

Apparently, despite most businesses believing they are sufficiently prepared for winter and have stringent business continuity plans, nearly 60% of companies allegedly report their business suffers. It was estimated that the 2013 winter’s snowfall cost small businesses in the UK around £230 million every day at one point!

This isn’t that surprising though. Smaller businesses will struggle, especially if employees can’t get into work and have no system for remote working, or if old systems fail under bad or severe weather conditions.
Here are a few things we would suggest considering as part of your Winter Business Continuity Plan…

Where are you ?

Think about whether your premises are easy to get to. Can your staff or suppliers get there easily if it snows? Are you at risk if it floods? Do you have alternative premises you could use? Are the roads/public transport usually at risk where you are? Home working – is this an option?

What business services do you need?

What is crucial for your business to run? Are telephones a must? Internet? Power? How old is your hardware? Is any data at risk of being lost as a result of power outages etc. Should you look at improving your systems or cloud technologies to safeguard against weather impact?

Supplies and logistics

If your business relies on supplies and or stock being able to get to you, is this feasible in bad weather? Do you need orders to be collected/sent out? Could you manage this if suppliers couldn’t get to you?

Your lovely staff

It’s often overlooked, but do your staff or contractors have the facility/tools needed to do what you are paying them to do? Considering all the above, can your staff get to alternative locations? Can they work from home? Do you have the technologies to enable flexible working to aid business continuity?

These are just a few things to consider when putting together your Winter Business Continuity Plan. Also, don’t forget to keep checking the weather! Feel free to contact Arden for advice regarding your Winter Business Continuity Plan.

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