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Business continuity

Business Continuity

Any incident whether it is large or small, accident or deliberate, can cause major disruption to your business. However, by planning in advance you will be able to resume your day to day business sooner.

This is where Business Continuity Planning (BCP) comes in. Its purpose is to help you to prepare strategies to cope with disruptions so that you can continue to deliver your businesses critical activities and reduce potential harm to staff.

By understanding the risks facing the everyday running of your business or organisation, you are better able to foresee problems and guard against them developing into serious disruptions.

Why have a Business Continuity Plan?

It is important to plan for unforeseen circumstances. For example, what would you do if your workplace catches fire?

Some hard decisions will have to be made, and made quickly. For instance:

The list of questions grows, and so do the levels of uncertainty and anxiety. Without a Business Continuity Plan you will have to rely on an ad-hoc approach to deal with these.

For further information on Business Continuity, please visit the Business Continuity Institute website.

You can download the KCC Business Continuity Plan template.( PDF 64kb) to help your business.

Useful reference book - Business Continuity for Dummies (PDF 96kb).

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has issued a guide to small and medium sized enterprises to help protect their business.

The Home Office published guidance on National Counter Terrorism.

Would your business stay afloat - a guide to preparing your business for flooding

Make sure your business is prepared for flooding, one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the UK. The Environment Agency have prepared this simple guide to some of the easy actions that you can take to make sure that your business is as well prepared as possible. Have a look at the Business Checklist on page 15 of this document to see if your business is prepared for flooding.

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