Commuters could beat the snow by working from home.

Andrew McGrath, commercial director of ntl:Telewest Business says the British weather seems to be getting even less predictable placing greater emphasis on organisations to have a continuity plan in place to ensure that operations do not hit a standstill when the worst happens.

“Severe snow always means travel disruption whereby employees cannot make it in to the office – in fact, business groups have estimated that the cost of absenteeism to the economy because of this week’s snowfalls could reach £2 billion. Businesses can prepare for this with a remote working policy so that employees can still be productive and continue their work, wherever they are.”

“All businesses face disruption by weather like this, so firms need to adequately prepare to ensure that they can maintain a competitive advantage and avoid unnecessary downtime. With a home broadband connection and remote working facilities, a business can easily continue its operations and avoid any lost revenue – which is crucial in any economic climate.”