UK business not prepared for war

Nearly a quarter of UK companies are likely to close down parts of their
business if the war against Iraq lasts more than six weeks, research finds. A
survey by management consultancy Morgan Leith Partnership (MLP) finds that
three-quarters of employers predict they could continue operating relatively
normally if the war lasts up to nine months before considering major changes.
Four out of 10 companies polled have no crisis plan or contingency plan in
place to cope with possible terrorist action, or fundamental changes in trading
conditions created by the conflict. A quarter of the 54 UK employers polled do
not have the right calibre leaders.

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