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08 October 2013

Building Business Resilience in Northamptonshire

Local companies concerned about the impacts of severe weather on their operations and supply chain are invited to a free half day Business Resilience workshop on: -

  • Thursday 14th November 2013 in Daventry, or on
  • Tuesday 28th January 2014 in Corby.

On 14th November 2013 and 28th January 2014, Climate East Midlands is running free, topical, half-day workshops to help businesses in Northamptonshire increase their resilience to severe weather such as flooding, snow, drought and heatwaves. These workshops follow on from a successful business resilience workshop held in Northampton in November 2012, which received very positive feedback: -

“A great opportunity to share thoughts, concerns and ideas on business resilience with different companies.”

“We now feel confident enough to review current Business Continuity Plans, in light of climate change.”

For businesses, being ready to deal with severe weather impacts can help to avoid damage, reduce disruption and save money. Resilient businesses are also well placed to take advantage of opportunities to make money e.g. by strengthening their reputation or by developing new products or services. The issue of risk from extreme weather has shot up the corporate boardroom agenda in the last few years, as the costs and frequency of weather disruption around the world have risen.

These will be very practical workshops with expert speakers, interactive exercises and the chance to learn from what other local businesses are doing. They will cover the business impacts of severe weather, and what climate change could mean for different organisations, business continuity planning, flood risk mapping and flood warnings, and the health and safety implications of severe weather.

Every participant will leave with ideas for practical steps that they can take to make their business more resilient. Participants will also be given a copy of Climate East Midlands’ “Weathering the Storm” guide (how to save and make money in a changing climate) and have an opportunity to find out more about Business in the Community’s Sustainable Business Resilience Award 2014.

The workshops are hosted by
The Granary Hotel, Fawsley (near Daventry) – 14th November 2013
Electric Corby at the Corby Enterprise Centre – 28th January 2014

The workshops start at 9:30am and finish at 12:45pm with a networking lunch.

The workshops are supported by Northamptonshire County Council and the Northamptonshire Climate Change Officer Group (NCCOG). Alison Parry, Chair of NCCOG said,

“We are delighted to be supporting these events and sharing best practice with local businesses throughout Northamptonshire, to help them better adapt to a changing climate.”

Businesses of all sizes are welcome, and staff with responsibility for risk management, business continuity and/or health and safety may find these workshops particularly relevant. Booking is essential, via charlotte.patrick@northamptonshireep.co.uk tel 01604 609397.

Download the event flyer from the Climate East Midlands website.

Notes to Editor

Climate East Midlands (CEM) is one of nine publicly funded climate change partnerships in the English regions which collectively help local organisations to prepare for the changing climate. www.climate-em.org.uk

CEM is part of East Midlands Councils, the consultative forum for local authorities in the region. It provides support to Councils to improve their services and is a strong voice for the East Midlands. www.emcouncils.gov.uk

Contacts

For further information please contact:

Alex Hopkinson, Adaptation Advisor, Climate East Midlands

Tel: 01664 502648. Mobile 07530 329 680

E-mail: alex.hopkinson@emcouncils.gov.uk

ENDS.

Download the press release here: Building Business Resilience in Northamptonshire

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