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29 November 2013

Building Business Resilience in Daventry

Businesses in the Daventry area participated in a free business resilience workshop on 14th November 2013, which was organised and facilitated by Climate East Midlands in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

The aim of the event was to help businesses in and around Daventry increase their resilience to severe weather such as flooding, snow, drought and heatwaves. Severe weather events are likely to get more frequent as the climate changes, and they have the potential to disrupt business operations, affecting revenue, supply chains, customers and reputation.

Fifteen businesses attended the workshop, which was held at The Granary Hotel, Fawsley. The event was well received, with 100% of the participants rating the event as good or excellent. The participating businesses particularly valued:

  • the opportunity to network and share experiences with other local businesses
  • the interactive exercise in small groups to explore the impacts of severe weather on different business areas, and ideas for action to increase resilience
  • the opportunity to hear expert speakers from:
    • Northamptonshire County Council on business continuity planning
    • the Environment Agency on flood risk and flood risk mapping
    • the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) on the health and safety implications of severe weather
    • Climate East Midlands on how the climate is likely to change, a new case study highlighting the business benefits of increasing resilience, and signposting to useful materials and resources.

Key resources for businesses, which were shared at the workshops included:

Read more about the Daventry business resilience workshop on Climate East Midlands' website.

The Daventry business resilience workshop built on the success of a previous business resilience workshop held in Northampton in November 2012, and a series of similar workshops held across the East Midlands between January and March 2013.

The next workshop will be held in Corby on Tuesday 28th January 2014, at the Corby Enterprise Centre.

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."

Business 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 or tel: 01604 609 397.

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.
  • 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.


For further information please contact:

Alex Hopkinson, Adaptation Advisor, Climate East Midlands

Tel: 01664 502 648   Mobile: 07530 329 680



Download the press release here: Daventry business resilience workshop

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