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Continuity planning for businesses

Advice for businesses

As a business your day to day working practices are vulnerable to the effects of emergencies that occur around you but could also be affected by internal disruption such as staff off sick, your building becoming inaccessible or suppliers failing to deliver on their contractual arrangements to you.

80% of organisations without a business continuity plan or contingency arrangements close within 18 months of an event affecting them.

Your organisation/company doesn't have to be one of these. Business Continuity is simply a process of identifying and addressing the risks you face and putting into place a simple process and plan for responding to either an internal or external disruption. Business Continuity is about self-survival of your organisation.

Business Continuity is a step by step process:

  • Understanding your business (what are it's strengths and weaknesses, what risks does it face)
  • Develop BCM strategies (how will you respond to a disruption)
  • Develop a BCM response (create a simple response plan or process and identify simple resources you may need to respond)
  • Develop a BCM culture (show your staff the need for BCM and how your organisation can respond constructively, get them on board with the idea)
  • Train, exercise, maintain and audit the plan and processes you create to respond to the disruption.

More detailed information, free downloads and sources for further assistance can be accessed at https://cswprepared.org.uk/hazard-advice/business-continuity/

Last updated Monday, 9th March 2020

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