Facilities Management (NEC)

11-13 March, 2014

Stand F11B



-Vicky Lopez, co-founder and director of De-Ice, to present at Facilities

Management 2014-


The co-founder and commercial director of one of the UK’s

longest-established winter gritting and snow clearance company’s, De-Ice

(www.de-ice.co.uk), believes that it should be law for businesses to have

in place a winter management programme.


Vicky Lopez will be presenting at Facilities Management 2014. She will

address an audience and discuss the risks and impact of bad weather to UK

business. She comments: “It seems that every month that goes by sets a

weather record – from the wettest on record to the coldest, and the warmest.

The UK’s weather is unpredictable, and it continues to grab the headlines –

as does its impact on general productivity, and the economy.


“I firmly believe that these risks call for companies to make plans and to

ensure that they adopt a serious winter contingency policy to prevent

against such losses. Businesses need to protect themselves from risks, such

as personal injury claims which are becoming increasingly common in our

‘blame culture’ society.”


Below are some tips for businesses for forming winter management programmes:


•             Take responsibility – if you are going to outsource your gritting

and snow clearing to contractors, make sure you choose the right one.

Clearly scope the work they do and whether they have sufficient local

resources and capabilities to deliver the service in all weather conditions.

Don’t be pushed into a ‘one size fits all’ contract – examine the needs of

your site and work closely with the contractor, to ensure they are met.


•             Undertake training – if you plan to use internal resource, invest in

training. De-Ice offers the equipment and training programmes for companies

who want to learn more about how to do it.


•             Consider your customer and staff needs at all times – always act in

the best interests of your employees and if weather conditions are

worsening, allow staff to leave early and in daylight to get home safely.


•             Keep an eye on temperatures and the forecast – it is your

responsibility to be aware of the forecast and to react accordingly.


•             Don’t be caught out – no two winters are ever the same. Planning

ahead and having the necessary resources and training means your company

won’t be left out in the cold when a severe winter does hit.


De-Ice will be exhibiting at the Facilities Management event on stand F11B.

The presentation will be held on 12th March at 12.30 in ‘The Business



De-Ice is one of the UK’s longest-established and leading winter gritting

and snow clearance specialists. The company provides winter maintenance

services, helping to keep businesses, hospitals, schools and retail outlets

safe and open during extreme weather.







For further information, interviews or photography, please contact:


Katrina Suppiah/Lisa Lewis

Publicite Ltd

T: +44 (0)20 8543 6582

E: k.suppiah@publicite.co.uk/l.lewis@publicite.co.uk