Swine flu is of growing concern for small firms, says Forum of Private Business
Jul 27 2009 by Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A GROUP for small firms has reported a surge in calls from business owners seeking advice on swine flu.
The Forum of Private Business said worried owners of small companies had been swamping its helpine with requests for help.
Calls on swine flu accounted for about 5% of all calls to the helpline during the week starting July 6 – but had risen to 10% for the week beginning July 13 and were now at 20%.
The FPB said it was helping small business owners prepare for an outbreak of the virus among their staff.
“With fewer employees to cover for absences, smaller businesses will be particularly badly affected by swine flu,” said a spokesman.
“Many small firms also lack the resources to plan for an outbreak – but the FPB can offer its members essential advice on the subject, both through its member helpline and through its website.”
Membership manager Maylis Foster said: “Most people are calling to ask for preventative advice and business continuity plans. We’re being asked to help companies which service the public sector and are themselves being asked to produce documents to prove that they've got contingency plans.”