Whether you're self-employed, manage a small team or run a large business, checking now that you're ready for all kinds of severe weather can save a lot of trouble when it arrives.
Severe weather affects us all in different ways - take time to think about how it might affect your business and get ready in ways that are cost effective and suit your circumstances.
- Ensure you have appropriate insurance cover for all aspects of your business
- Encourage your staff to talk about how severe weather may affect your business and share ideas on how best to avoid disruption
- Some staff may be unable to get to work - make sure you know how you would operate in their absence and consider remote flexible working
- Plan ahead and talk to your staff about what 'essential travel' means for them and your business
- Being prepared for all kinds of severe weather; and looking after your staff and customers will help maintain cash-flow and help build a reputation for reliability
- Think ahead and plan how you would operate if you couldn't access or use part of your premises, or how you would evacuate staff or stock
- Put contingency plans in place for how you would manage if there was a power, phone or other utility failure
- Getting ready for severe weather is a good opportunity to check that you are not taking unnecessary risks elsewhere in your business, such as equipment failure or IT
- Put plans in place and make the most of social media and other communication channels during periods of severe weather to maintain regular contact with customers, suppliers and staff to help overcome problems
- Do you have alternative arrangements in case your suppliers suffer a disruption to their business?
For those responsible for a farm there is more specif guidance available on the winter on the farm page.
For more information about resilience for businesses visit the Scottish Business Resilience Centre website.