As well as the day to day challenges that you are used to managing in a business, there are risks of more serious disruption and occasionally emergencies, whether natural or man-made. Even relatively small disruptions can have serious consequences for cash flow and for commitments to customers if they are not well managed.
- you couldn't get into your premises because of flooding or a fire?
- key members of staff were ill or unable to get to work?
- you could not access customer or staff information
- a major supplier went out of business or important pieces of equipment failed?
- there was a loss of electrical power or problems with road transport or the fuel supply?
If business resilience is a new topic for you try the 10 Minute Plan produced by Scottish Business in the Community to get started.
Employers may also be interested in the Fair Work Charter, developed jointly by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), which provides a set of guiding principles to support employers and workers to plan for and manage the impact of severe weather.
Or you could take the "Would you be ready?" online Readiness Test - the test takes no more than 2 minutes to complete and at the end you can download a pdf full of useful tips to make your small business more resilient.
There are a number of straightforward practical steps you can take to lessen the impact on your business and to speed up your return to normality.
It is also important to think about the impact on business reputation and what you can do to help your local community.