Severe and inclement weather can hit at any time and businesses of all sizes can suffer their consequences. Almost 5,000 business were affected in the 2015-2016 floods (source: Environment Agency, 2018); two-thirds of businesses (65 per cent) in Cumbria suffered a negative impact from the 2015 storms and floods (source: BMG research 2016). In the worse-case scenarios, adverse weather can mean reduced access to the essential products and services that businesses need to run. Being unprepared could ultimately lead to small businesses becoming insolvent or closing.
Business in the Community’s (BITC) Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG), was created by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to help businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, including extreme weather. BERG is an influential network of UK business leaders and strategic partners that include national charities and UK government departments.