Evesham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 10, 2012 -- Last year's cold snap is reported to have cost the economy up to £1.2 billion a day with an estimated total loss of up to £13 billion as parts of Britain saw up to 30 inches of snow and local temperatures plummeted to -19°c.
Ashley Hartland, Finance Credit Controller for Shovel Shop commented: "Whether or not people are simply preparing themselves for this year's winter or have been panicked by the recent news reports I am unsure, but we have seen a dramatic increase in Snow Shovel sales over the past 7 days with some orders containing 30 or more units".
The Met Office has announced that October will bring colder-than-average nights to UK shores with Jack Frost making more than one appearance. As happened last year, the Midlands and the South East will bear the worst of it and for prolonged periods.
Lee Taylor, General Manager for Shovel Shop added: "After last years unexpected temperatures and weather conditions our normally decent stock levels were drained in a matter of days prompting us to order even more from our suppliers - something that was difficult in the treacherous conditions. This year we are fully expecting it and all of our sites are loaded with some of the best winter preparation items on the market".
There is now huge pressure on the weather monitoring companies to "gaze into the future" and keep us informed of impending weather issues and with Britain's weather notoriously unpredictable as ever, it may be wise to jump on the bandwagon and prepare for the lockdown.
Shovel Shop is the sister company of the ever expanding Plumbworld empire. Plumbworld was an early pioneer of online trading, started by James and Anita Hickman in 1999 and was sold to the Grafton Group PLC in December 2006, Plumbworld now employ more than 50 people in their purpose built warehouse and offices and boast an astonishing 44 websites selling everything from tools and bathrooms to heated towel rails and wood burning stoves. The business has a turnover in excess of £18 million and is growing at more than 20% year on year.