Would your business be resilient in an emergency?  Do you have arrangements in place to maintain your business if you could not access your premises?

What is business continuity management?

Business continuity management is about identifying and understanding the risks to the everyday running of a business and planning how business will be maintained if an incident actually happens.

What are the benefits of having a business continuity plan?

Currently many businesses and voluntary organisations are unprepared to deal with the effects of emergencies or interruptions.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 businesses suffer a major disruption every year.
  • Estimates suggest that only 50% of businesses without a business continuity plan survive the 12 months after being affected by a disaster or business continuity incident. 
  • Over 600 businesses were affected by the Manchester bomb in 1996 and many of these did not resume trading.

Any incident could cause major disruption to an organisation.  Rather than waiting for an incident to happen it is important that you plan ahead so if something does actually happen you can get back to business as quickly as possible.

An effective business continuity plan will:

  • Reduce the likelihood of disruption to your business
  • Minimise the impact of disruption to your business
  • Reduce the financial losses your business incurs
  • Prevent loss of business to your competitors
  • Ensure your business brand and reputation are maintained
  • Build customer confidence
  • Build staff confidence
  • Ensure your business meets any relevant legislative and regulatory requirements

Getting started with business continuity planning

Business continuity should become part of the way you perform business and should be considered by all companies and corporations, regardless of their size. 

The size and nature of your organisation will influence how comprehensive your business continuity plan is. Plans should be clear and tailored to the specific needs of your business.

There are self-assessment tools and websites designed to assist you in developing your own business continuity plan.  For further information refer to the links and downloads tabs.

Threats can come from incidents originating through accidents, criminal activity or incidents created by the natural elements.  Therefore your business continuity plan should consider how you would maintain business under circumstances such as:

  • Loss of premises or loss of access to premises
  • Loss of staff
  • Loss of key suppliers
  • Loss of, or interruption to, utility supplies
  • Loss of, or interruption to, IT and telecommunications systems
  • Loss of specialist equipment
  • Disruption to transport

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 Councils have a duty to promote business continuity to local businesses and the voluntary sector.

In conjunction with the other Greater Manchester Local Authorities, Bolton Council has produced a ‘Promoting Business Continuity’ leaflet giving advice and guidance on preparing your business for emergencies.  This leaflet can be found in downloads.

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