Many North West firms ‘have no disaster plan in place’

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One in 10 North West businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place in the event of adverse weather, recent research has discovered.

The research commissioned by Lancashire-based telecoms provider, Daisy Group plc, found that despite the growth of mobile business technology, like cloud computing, adverse weather conditions are still costing the North West economy £31m a day in lost productivity.

The study found that a quarter of North West businesses were affected by transport problems, power cuts or broadband and phone line failures caused by inclement weather over the last two years.

Of those, 38 per cent did not have a business continuity plan in place, leaving their staff unable to work from home or from another location.

The research suggests more than 316,000 workers have been unable to work for at least one day during the last two years due to their employer not having a disaster recovery plan.

Tim Meredith, Director of UC and Mobility at Daisy, said: “Too many businesses think that they are impervious to floods or adverse weather conditions, butit affects nearly a third of companies operating in the UK.

“Staff safety is understandably a business’ number one concern, as workers cannot be expected to put themselves at risk in hazardous travelling or working conditions, so having a back-up plan makes good business sense.”