Your Business – Winter ChecklistImage from Pinterest Though it’s still months away, the winter is approaching fast. The following checklist will help you prepare your small business for the most extreme weather conditions. Many city councils are busy already, preparing for the season. Follow these simple steps, be prepared, and stay operational whatever the weather. Safety: o Stock up on the grit to keep your entrance area free of ice and snow. o Add your insurance number to your mobile in case of an emergency. Energy Efficiency: Image from Pinterest o Call you energy supplier and ask for a visit to check if your boiler and central heating are in good working conditions. o Reduce unnecessary heat loss by filling gaps around windows and doors. Check business gas prices and shop around for the best deal.
Employees:o Keep your employees’ details updated and in a place easy access.o Can your employees work from home? Think about their safety and saving time. Going to work in hard weather conditions can take a long time.o Consider hiring extra staff to get the busiest shifts covered.o Make sure your employees is fully briefed and informed about any transport diversions or time changes.o Encourage staff to plan ahead. Contingency planning: o Identify the greatest risk potential – asses the exterior and interior of the building o Back up your data o Plan alternative ways of communicating with your employees o Review your insurance coverage – make sure you know what is covered and what Image from Pinterest isn’t. Also consider:o Leave the heating on, even in an empty building, to prevent pipes from freezing.o Repair broken taps.o Check the roof for any signs of blockage and loose tiles.o Move your stock and equipment above flood level. Image from PinterestTIP: Learn more about different ways your business can become moreenergy efficient with some help from Carbon Trust