Firms should prepare for record cold weather

Firms in the UK that fail to prepare for low temperatures over the next few weeks could find themselves losing revenue.

The Met Office today (November 29th) disclosed that last night's temperatures were the lowest since records began.

Homes and businesses in the Llysdinam, Wales braved temperatures of -18 degrees C.

In England, residents of Topcliffe, North Yorkshire saw the mercury hit around -15 degrees C.

While this is still some way off the lowest ever recorded UK temperature in Braemar, Scotland of -23 degrees C in 1919, workers may have yet more cold weather to face.

Steve Willington, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "As winds increase into next week, it will feel increasingly cold with a significant wind chill to contend with by day and night."

"Icy roads and snow will be a risk for many, and the public are advised to stay up to date with the forecast to make sure they have the latest information."

It could be a good idea for businesses to plan ahead for the cold weather - one way to do this could be by including policies in employment and business contracts.

Research published by Lloyds TSB Commercial in March revealed that firms across the UK lost £7 billion because of delays, hold-ups and closures caused by the unexpected cold snap at the start of the year.

Published on: November 29, 2010

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