East Suffolk businesses continue to be encouraged to take up support to ensure they are prepared against disruption.
Severe weather is one of the main reasons for business disruption in the UK as well as loss of data and supply chain issues also having significant impact on a business.
The online toolkit BERT (The Business Efficient Resilience Toolkit) was launched at the end of 2015 by the Environment Agency, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and Groundwork to help businesses across east Suffolk prepare and recover from these types of disruption.
The toolkit aims to help businesses develop and build a resilience action plan and comes with a free support package provided by Groundwork, which includes telephone support, workshops and individual support to coastal businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Following completion of the full check on BERT, Groundwork can provide free telephone & email or on-site support to help the business prioritise its recommended actions and work towards their implementation.
Cllrs Andy Smith, Suffolk Coastal District Council cabinet member for Economic Development and Coastal Management and Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council cabinet member for Tourism, Economic Development and Rural Affairs, said: “This toolkit is about preparing our businesses for interruptions which have a severe and often devastating impact on their trade.
“Sadly, two thirds of small businesses in the UK have said that they have been negatively affected by severe weather in the last three years, costing an average £7,000 for each affected business.
“This toolkit aims to help businesses put the plans and resilience actions in place to prevent or alleviate the effects of interruptions.”
For more information about the toolkit, visit: www.getbusinessresilient.co.uk
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