According to a YouGov poll, 58 per cent of senior decision makers said that their businesses suffered following the heavy snows last winter even though 78 per cent of them thought that they were well prepared.
The numbers weren't much better for employees - 74 per cent were affected by the snow and 26 per cent failed to get into work.
What does this all mean? In simple terms, plan ahead.
Check your employment policies to make sure that they cover adverse weather conditions and communicate this with staff. Ensure that you have backup plans for days when bad weather is going to hit.
Also check your contracts with suppliers and customers for any force majeure clauses that may leave you in breach of contract even though you cannot control the weather.
This was first published in November 2010