Are you prepared for this winter?
Published 17 Nov 2016Following some straightforward practical steps could reduce risk associated with winter flooding on your business, and reduce insurance premiums and claims.
An initiative of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) helps businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies such as flooding, cyber-attacks and civil unrest.
The group is comprised of leaders of national and global businesses operating in the UK and representatives of government and government agencies. These leaders understand the importance of small business in their supply chain and as the backbone of local economies. Business in the Community has convened their collective resources and expertise to make these available to small businesses and communities in an emergency.
In the winter of 2015/16 businesses and communities in Scotland, like other parts of the UK were badly affected by floods. BERG was active in Scotland and saw many small businesses take a long time to recover. In some instances their business would have recovered more quickly if they had planned for such an event.
Whilst there are many excellent resilience planning formats and guidance available we understand that most small businesses have so much to do that they find it difficult to invest time in creating their own plan, something which could be easily understood and quickly produced was needed.
Working with small businesses and road testing the plan with the supply chain of larger businesses BERG has created a 10 Minute Plan, to help small business to be prepared and to limit the potential disruption to their business.
The 10 Minute Plan is mostly common sense and can be downloaded here http://www.bitc.org.uk/sites/default/files/7936_berg_10_minute_plan_0.pdf
For further details please see the website http://www.bitc.org.uk/programmes/business-emergency-resilience-group-berg