Water knowledge hub

With unsustainable global demand for fresh water and increasing extreme weather events such as flooding and drought, businesses need to build resilience to the risks associated with water and learn how to manage their water use sustainably.

Working with Lloyds Bank and the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready support service, BITC's Water Programme is exploring new ways to support SMEs in flood-risk hotspots to build their resilience to flooding incidents that may occur in the future.  This includes providing the signposting links on this page including giving links to tools, case studies and resources that can help businesses better understand the issue and take steps to improve their water management.

Flood risk and resilience tools

  • Business Resilience Health Check Tool
    This tool will help you take the first step towards making your business more resilient to the risks it faces now and in the future.  Upon completion you will receive a bespoke report outlining the actions that you should address, giving you a good starting point to develop a practical and coherent business resilience plan.

  • Be Climate Ready
    This leaflet is a quick guide for small and medium-sized businesses, offering simple practical actions that organisations can take to be better prepared for severe weather and the changing climate

  • Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool
    This tool provides a introductory framework to help businesses explore how climate change could affect key areas of their business.

Toolkits and guides to building resilience

  • Top tips to keeping your small business open over winter.
    Business in the Community, working with Climate Ready and our Water Taskforce, gives some simple steps to help businesses prepare for winter weather. 

  • Tourism Toolkit
    This toolkit is designed to help businesses based in the tourism industry prepare for the effects of weather and climate variability. It helps businesses determine how flooding, heat wave, drought, and coastal change could affect them, and suggests practical actions to take to reduce risks or take advantage of opportunities.

  • Weathering the storm guide for farmers (pdf).
    A guide developed by Climate East Midlands, this is focused on the East Midlands, but is will be useful to farmers across the UK, help them better understand the impact of weather and climate change on their business.

  • Supply Chains adaptation guidance
    A guide to support businesses in improving the resilience of their supply chain, or for use as part of a wider look at their climate risks.

  • Sector specific guides: The paper and pulp sector and the food and drink sector.
    These are designed to help businesses address the impacts of climate change and prepare a climate change action plan.

  • Adapting to climate change using a business continuity management (BCM) system
    This is a practical guide to help business continuity professionals understand and manage severe weather risks as part of their existing BCM system. The guide sets out a series of tasks in requirement with ISO 22301; enabling organisations to improve their ability to deal with weather related disruptions.

Regional guidance

  • Climate UK is a network of climate change partners across the UK.
    Its role is to facilitate a nationwide response to climate change by bringing together knowledge and technical expertise for every part of the UK to tackle the challenges and opportunities climate change brings. Find out more about local events, networks, training and awards with your local climate change partnership.

  • West Midlands
    Weathering the Storm – saving and making money in a changing climate. Report from Sustainability West Midlands.

  • North West
    Weathering the Storm – Report from CLASP, focused on the Cheshire and Warrington area.

  • Yorkshire and Humber
    Weathering the Storm – Report from your Climate, the climate change partnership for Yorkshire and Humber.

  • East Midlands
    Weathering the Storm – Report from Climate East Midlands.

  • Scotland
    Adapting to Climate Change – A Guide for Businesses in Scotland on what risks and opportunities climate change may pose.

General information

  • Understanding Climate Change - the Met Office guide.
    Climate change is a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet's weather patterns or average temperatures. Earth has experienced tropical climates and ice ages many times in its 4.5 billion years.

  • The UK Climate Projections website
    Information on how the climate of the United Kingdom is likely to change over the rest of this century. The maps and key findings pages are particularly useful, showing maps of future changes in temperature and precipitation for all English regions, Scotland and Wales. 

Applications

Company reports and case studies

  • Asda: The challenge of a changing climate (pdf).
    Asda is leading the way in terms of climate resilience and taking steps towards developing a robust resilience strategy. Read its report and find out how the organisation is also bringing the issues to the fore across its stores, depots, suppliers and stakeholders.

  • Marks & Spencer - partnering with the Environment Agency. Marks & Spencer have partnered with the Environment Agency's Flood Action Campaign to help educate and prepare its employees, customers and communities. 

  • Flood resilient SMEs 
    Many SMEs are already building flood resilience into their business strategies, which has allowed them to realise opportunities for growth.

  • Climate UK - 18 case study examples of climate impacts.  These come from different parts of England and across different sectors, illustrating the many ways that climate change is expected to affect people, places, businesses and services.

  • Cleone Foods Ltd – Winning new customers
    This small business, Winner of BITC's WM Business Resilience Award 2013, demonstrates how putting in a business resilience plan as part of an overall operations strategy has helped it impress large supermarkets and win new orders.

  • Globehuggers Emergency Supplies Ltd – Developing new businesses
    These entrepreneurs, Winners of BITC's WM Business Resilience Award 2012, recognised a business opportunity in the growing climate resilience market, and successfully developed and marketed a set of emergency kits or ‘grab bags’ for businesses, local authorities, and the emergency services.

Site and premises case studies

Production processes

Logistics and supply chain

Strategic approaches

Related reports