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BUSINESSES need to better prepare for winter weather, researchers have found.

According to forecasters, this winter will be one of the coldest in decades. Yet one in eight Portsmouth businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place in the event of adverse weather, research has discovered.

The research, commissioned by telecoms provider Daisy Group plc, found that a quarter of Portsmouth businesses were affected by transport problems, power cuts or broadband and phone line failures caused by inclement weather over the past two years.

Of those, 43 per cent did not have a business continuity plan in place, leaving their staff unable to work from home.

Within the private sector, marketing businesses were the most prepared, whereas those working in the property industry were the least likely to have back-up plans in place.