Invest Northern Ireland’s nibusinessinfo.co.uk website, which offers free, practical advice and support to local businesses, is encouraging businesses in Northern Ireland to consider their continuity planning and crisis management in the light of possible further swine flu outbreaks.
In recognition of the possible impact on business, nibusinessinfo.co.uk has collated relevant guidance at www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/swineflu
“With good planning, businesses can minimise the impact of most crises, including large numbers of staff potentially being on sick leave,” says Shauna Fenton, Head of Invest NI’s nibusinessinfo team. “It’s important to identify what the potential risks are and the possible impact on the business, produce a crisis plan and test it to see whether it works.”
The nibusinessinfo website also features guidance on how to perform a risk assessment, handling workplace health, and guidance for international traders about health and safety controls.
nidirect (www.nidirect.gov.uk) is being updated regularly with information about worldwide health and travel, in the wake of the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico and the United States.
For further advice on business continuity planning please call the nibusinessinfo team on 0800 027 0639.