Start Planning for Winter with a Virtual Receptionist.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Business support group The Forum of Private Business has said that small firms should start planning for winter now.

Smaller businesses are particularly vulnerable to problems caused by the onset of bad weather and should ensure that business premises are fully weather proofed, properly insured and that plans are in place in case staff are unable to get to into work during severe weather.

The Arctic weather conditions experienced over the last two winters caused havoc for large numbers of UK businesses, with many staff simply unable to make the journey into their place of work. For some companies, lack of deliveries or heating and power failures meant that premises had to be closed regardless of staff availability. For many employees, the closure of schools due to adverse weather conditions made it impossible for them to attend work regardless.

Jane Bennett, Head of Campaigns for FPB commented:

“The past few winters have demonstrated just how susceptible the UK is to extreme weather, and the cost to business quickly runs into millions. When infrastructure grinds to a halt staff can’t get in to work, and that’s a body blow which hits small firms with fewer staff the hardest.

She went on to advise that businesses start to make their winter contingency plans now, rather than wait until the last minute to react.

With virtual receptionist services from CSnotepad you can be fully prepared for business disruption caused by severe weather conditions. We can provide a Pay As You Go Telephone Answering Service which means that if your receptionist can’t make it in to the office because of wintry weather, your phone calls won’t be missed, and your customers won’t go elsewhere.

Sign up to one of our Monthly Telephone Answering Plans and we can even provide a Call Patching service. Telephone calls can put through to home or mobile telephone numbers by our virtual receptionists, meaning that your staff can work, and your customers can always reach someone, whatever the weather.

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