Business continuity

Some people try and make business continuity sound complicated and onerous but it is simply looking at the threats and risks to your business and taking steps to reduce or even eliminate those risks. Where the risks cannot be eliminated a business continuity plan will minimise the impact if it still happens.

If you can only spare ten minutes to consider business continuity, please see the Business in the Community website.

Disruptions can affect any organisation or business – no-one is immune to their effects. These could be internal issues or community-based problems. They may include:

  • natural disaster such as flooding or snow
  • fire
  • loss of staff, for example, during a flu panedemic
  • utilities failure
  • loss of, or denial of access to premises
  • communication failure
  • industrial action, internally or externally, for example, a fuel shortage
  • loss of important data or inability to access it when required
  • loss of specialist resources or technology
  • finding new suppliers or contractors if they go bust.

It makes sense to take steps and plan to protect your business before any threats materialise. That way you will be much more likely to recover and return to “business as usual”. Any disruption to normal business can affect customer relationships and your reputation, sometimes beyond repair.