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Cold weather hits small business


The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has indicated that as many as 900 small businesses could be threatened as a result of the cold snap in early December. Businesses where cashflow is vital, such as bars and restaurants, were already really suffering, it said, and there were fears that the snow could be the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back.’


The Federation of Small Business said it was “disappointed that we still haven’t learnt the lessons from previ- ous bad weather and that the country yet again ground to a halt”. However, it said small businesses were better prepared for this cold snap than those


in previous years, with four in 10 of its members making arrangements in advance for staff to work from home, while almost one in five had bought their own supply of grit to clear shopfronts and the roads outside their premises.


Research from global insurer RSA showed that business dis- ruption caused by bad weather in the run-up to Christmas would equate to £139.8m lost per day across the South East of England. Among those worst


affected would be retailers, restau- rants and bars with people more reluctant to go out in bad weather.


Restaurant raises money for Bangladesh


A fund raising evening held in the Zolsha restaurant in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in November raised almost £1000 for a Bangladeshi rehabilitation centre. Organiser, Corinna Klaentschi, who lives in the town, co-ordinated the event and says, “The Zolsha hosted a fantastic eve- ning in aid of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh.”


Around 66 diners filled the restaurant and enjoyed a buffet meal. Local residents came along with long term supporters of CRP who had travelled from London, Somerset, Leeds and Hull to catch up with Valerie Taylor, the founder of CRP, her daughter Poppy and CRP’s exec- utive director Emdad Moslem.Zolsha also donated 24 bottles of wine which were raffled resulting in a total of £960 being raised during the evening.


Spice Business Magazine


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December 2010


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