How has cold weather in March affected small firms?
Both retailers and small businesses say the exceptionally cold weather in March damaged business activity.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said the number of people visiting shops last month was 5.2% lower than a year ago.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said the March freeze cost the UK's small businesses £174m.
Businesses in North Yorkshire told BBC Breakfast how the cold weather has affected them.
15 Apr 2013
- From the section Business