I sincerely hope you never have the need to pick up the phone to me and yell... FIRE!
But do you know what? According to government statistics, supported by industry bodies, there are some 2500 warehouse fires each year in the UK, and unless there's a contingency in place, it can reap havoc on your business.
For starters, there's the serious threat to your business continuity to consider, such as lost time replacing stock and specialist equipment, and worse; you may even have to defer customers whilst you find a suitable alternative...
Believe me; I've witnessed this on numerous occasions, in fact; recently we had a call from a company (who shall remain nameless) who were unfortunate enough to experience the devastation a fire brings at first hand.
Here's what happened: They called us up and Jason dropped everything and arranged to meet their representatives on site the same day, to discuss the way forward.
We then had to get the agreement of the customer who's site one of our team were working on, to leave their installation mid way through to go and work on the emergency which had arisen.
The following day, our staff began installing one of our buildings at the site of the fire and two and a half days later, the building was completed.
I know it's not a nice subject, but it is important to remember, if you happen to become one of the unfortunate 2500, this is a contingency which will enable you to continue trading almost uninterrupted so it's well worth bearing us in mind.
Even if it means us leaving other installations to keep your business moving, I've found people to be very understanding of others plights in situations like this.
But let's hope it never happens eh? Let's hope if and when you do call us, it's for a planned project, not an unplanned emergency.
There's something else worth considering too: You see, when it comes to writing up your contingency plans, with rising insurance costs, it's probably well worth knowing the potential time frames and costs to have one of our buildings installed, so you can have it written in to your actual plan for insurance purposes.
In fact, it may even reduce your insurance premiums too?
So let me know if you'd like any more help with contingency costings, and we'll do all we can to help you.