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Failing to prepare for winter is a costly business

“The ability to manage severe weather events is key to future economic competitiveness, and businesses that fail to anticipate climate change, and the increasing unpredictability of UK weather, are putting themselves at risk,” commented GRITIT’s managing director, Nikki Singh-Barmi, at the company’s end of season conference.”

A survey from Bank of Scotland suggested severe winter weather contributed to a fall in private sector business activity. The chief economist at Bank of Scotland said: “The first month of 2015 has given the recovery in the Scottish economy a sharp, weather-related jolt reminiscent of the bad weather effect of four years ago.”

The prolonged winter weather, with snow, frost and below average temperatures, between November and April created problems for many businesses without a planned winter maintenance programme. “An ad hoc service approach is no longer adequate to support business confidence and continuity,” said Singh-Barmi.

For more information visit www.gritit.com or call 0800 043 2911.

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