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Business in the Community: Would You Be Ready?

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

While spring may have just begun, severe and inclement weather can hit at any time and cause massive disruption and financial concerns, with the average cost of flooding to a business being £82,000 – its impact on small businesses can be particularly devastating.

With 99.9% of UK businesses being small and medium-sized, a large proportion may be affected by adverse weather and it is imperative they have a robust plan in place to be prepared for storms, floods or other weather events.

In the worse-case scenarios, the impact of adverse weather can mean reduced access to the essential products and services that businesses need to run, ultimately leading to small businesses becoming insolvent or closing altogether.

Today marks the start of Would You Be Ready? Week – an initiative led by Business in the Community (BITC) to help small and medium businesses tackle the potentially devastating consequences caused by a lack of business readiness.

BITC is challenging businesses from across every sector to take its free five-minute Readiness Test to help them gauge how vulnerable their business is to adverse weather. At the end of the test, businesses will receive downloadable advice with quick and easy tips to adopt, helping them to ensure that they’re prepared for a range of disruptions.

For more information about how adverse weather could impact your business and to take the test, visit: www.bitc.org.uk/wouldyoubeready/extreme-weather

www.merseysideprepared.org.uk