Business Continuity

Business continuity planning (BCP) is a management process that helps deal with the risks to the smooth running of an organisation or the delivery of a service, thereby ensuring that it can continue to operate in the event of a disruption.

Whether your business turnover is £20,000, £200,000 or £200 million, how sure are you that you could continue business after a major setback due to fire, flooding or loss of I.T?

What would you do if your main supplier went out of business? Ask those businesses who have suffered a disaster…. remember the Buncefield Fire, Carlisle Floods and the Birmingham Tornado.

Within this page you will find information and links to sites that can help you and your business to survive and prosper.

How safe is your business?

Nearly 1 in 5 businesses suffer a major disruption every year.

Yours could be next. With no recovery plan you have less chance of survival!

Why it matters

Building-in business continuity and making it part of the way you run your business helps prepare you to offer `business as usual’ in the quickest possible time, rather than having to `firefight’ during an emergency. Therefore it is just as important that small companies, as well as large corporations, ensure that in the event of a business continuity incident, critical services are maintained and employees understand what is expected of them. This is to ensure that the business survives the disruption.

Without effective business continuity planning, a natural or man-made disaster e.g. fire, flood, adverse publicity, loss of personnel/premises, I.T. failure, theft, bomb threat, power failure etc. could lead to one or more of the following:

Complete failure of business, loss of income, loss of reputation, legal penalties, impact on insurance payments.

Useful business continuity links

  • Continuity Management Toolkit has been produced by The Cabinet Office to offer guidance on Business Continuity Management.
  • Continuity Central provides a constantly updated one-stop resource of business continuity news, jobs and information.

The 10 minute assessment

The 10 Minute Assessment (PDF, 111KB) will show you how prepared your business is for major setbacks and how far you have got with your business continuity planning.