Swine flu concerns for small businesses

The FPB has experienced a surge of calls from business owners asking for advice on swine flu.

Swine flu enquiries to the FPB’s helpline are doubling on a weekly basis.

Calls on swine flu formed only around five per cent of all incoming calls during the week beginning 6 July. However, they had swelled to 10 per cent last week (w/b 13 July) and calls on swine flu are now on course to form around 20 per cent of all incoming calls this week (w/b 20 July).

The FPB’s membership manager, Maylis Foster, says many of the enquiries about swine flu were from business owners wanting to know how to put together written contingency plans on swine flu requested by clients.

Foster says many public sector bodies and larger businesses were asking to see proof that their suppliers were prepared for an outbreak of swine flu.

"Swine flu is rapidly rising up the list of the most asked about topics among our members,” she says.

"While we may not be taking a massive volume of calls on swine flu, the numbers are rising by 100 per cent each week. Most people are calling to ask for preventative advice and business continuity plans when it comes to swine flu."

Foster believes a lack of clarity over the potential availability of a swine flu vaccine was also a major concern for the owners of smaller businesses.

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