The great British summer may be proving a bit of a washout in 2019 but there’s no need to let the grey clouds put a dampener on business success.

Unfortunately, whatever the weather, many companies find the summer months a struggle for while many people are heading away in search of the sun, businesses often begin to feel the strain as the days grow longer and warmer.

“Continued economic uncertainty, particularly with Brexit still unresolved, means many business owners are deeply concerned about the viability of their companies,” said Adrian Graham, of Sheffield insolvency and business turnaround specialists Graywoods.

“Business owners like to be able to see the horizon and know what’s going to happen in both the immediate and long term future and that’s not really possible right now.”

Added to all that, he continued, was the fact that summer often sees economic activity decrease.

“The problem is pretty much the same one that businesses face at Christmas, that other time when everybody is supposed to be enjoying themselves,” Adrian said.

“Some companies use the summer holiday period as an excuse not to pay suppliers and other clients on time, which can have a major impact on companies already struggling with cash flow problems.

“It’s also a time of year when production slows down in many sectors because people are away and things don’t move forward as quickly as they should.

“This summer slow-down is a further cause for concern at a time when increasing political and economic uncertainty are causing many businesses to think twice about investing and spending money.”

The best response, Adrian added, was not to pack the problem away and hope things will improve with the end of the holidays.

“Don’t let a summer holiday time cash flow crisis become an autumn disaster,” he said.

“As ever, the quicker you seek a solution to a business problem, the more likely there is to be a successful outcome.”

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