Spring Risk Management: preparing for the months ahead

As we all look forward to spring and to enjoying some warmer weather, the changing season is a good time for businesses to review their risk management practices.

Whilst economic pressures will be front of mind over the next few months, it’s also important to consider how seasonal related risks may impact your business.

We’ve recently updated our spring risk management guidance which can be viewed on our website here. Whilst spring can bring us some improved weather conditions, this time of year can still mean heavy rainfall and an increased risk of flooding. Climate change is forcing us to deal with unexpected weather changing patterns more and more. It’s important to equip your business with up-to-date resources so that they can mitigate against weather-related damages and business interruption.

The combination of global crises at the end of last year has contributed to the current difficult economic issues many businesses face. The combination of high inflation, rising energy costs and supply chain problems means businesses will be focusing on how they can stay resilient and adapt at this time of uncertainty.

Our recent Risk Insights report data revealed that 56% of businesses cited economic concerns as one of their top three risks, up from 37% in the previous year. Relating to supply chains and energy costs, vulnerabilities in global networks have been exposed due to the global events of last year and this continues to play a role in 2023. In fact, 45% of companies reported supply chain disruption, 38% are experiencing significantly higher supply costs and 16% have experienced total supply loss in the last 12 months.* 

Understanding the resilience of both your supplies and suppliers helps in being able to provide the product or services as expected. Business resilience planning is fundamental to finding weaknesses in your supply chain and acting upon them, which ultimately helps to maintain customer sentiment, brand reputation and business continuity. For more information and tools on supply chain risk management visit our website.

To find out more about how to manage seasonal risks this spring, read our spring risk management guidance.

*Aviva Risk Insights Report 2023