Unplanned events can have a devastating effect on small businesses. Crises such as fire, damage to stock, illness of key staff or IT system failure could all make it difficult or even impossible to carry out your normal day-to-day activities.

At worst, this could see you losing important customers – and even going out of business altogether.

However, with good planning you can take steps to minimise the potential impact of a disaster – and ideally prevent it happening in the first place.

This guide will help you to identify potential risks, prepare for emergencies and test how your business is likely to cope in a disaster.

Small Businesses (249 or less employees) are being offered a subsidised two-day course to address these issues and help you to identify potential risks, prepare for emergencies and test how your business is likely to cope in a disaster.

Health and Safety Co-ordinator at Stoke on Trent College, Tuesday Hanley, said: “Even though some scenarios such as terror attacks are unlikely, in light of terror attacks across the country and beyond, employers are urged to consider the risks of these attacks, giving their employees the tools to react quickly in these situations.”

Andy Greenhough, Director of Employer Engagement and Business Development at the College, Andy Greenhough, said: “Supporting businesses in health and safety at work, enables them to concentrate on their day to day running, knowing they have procedures in place to deal with any eventuality.”

Health and Safety Officer Alex Patterson attended one of the previous courses.  “I was welcomed by the participants and I was really struck by their positive acceptance of the training day.   By organising the very realistic presentations it brought home the reality of a situation that could hit us all and for the need for leadership and co-operation”.

https://www.stokecoll.ac.uk/courses/emergency-planning-and-crisis-response-p4609/

 

The two day course on 18/19 December 2017 is being organised for small businesses prior to the festive season and is being partially funded by ESF.

To book a place, or for more information, email Than1sc@stokecoll.ac.uk or call 01782 603634.