According to the Met Office 2013/14 was the wettest winter on record. During this time 3,200 commercial properties were badly affected by flooding and storm damage. In December 2013 many businesses and communities across the East Coast experienced the devastating effects of the worst tidal surge in 60 years.
Recovery from this took time, for some businesses this meant several months of difficulty. For others, the process of getting up and running quickly was made possible by having a clear plan for dealing with the impacts of this type of event.
Planning for this type of resilience can seem time consuming and difficult. The benefits of improving a business’ resilience might seem obvious; it cuts costs, drives profitability, complies with legal requirements and potentially lowers your insurance premiums. There are a multitude of elements to consider from staff involvement through to considering the implications for your supply chain
Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, Environment Agency and Groundwork have worked together to produce an innovative new tool to provide businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk with help in making the task of becoming resilient more achievable.
BERT is an on-line tool which will help businesses to develop and build a resilience action plan. With funding from Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and the Environment Agency the toolkit comes with a free support package provided by Groundwork, which includes telephone support, workshops and individual support to coastal businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Groundwork have been working with businesses to help them understand and address resilience since 2010. In partnership with the Environment Agency, Groundwork developed a business resilience review, which provided the basis of BERT and a supply chain risk mapping workbook.
These methodologies have been tested with businesses and BERT encapsulates the learning and feedback received.
The project is supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.