Business Continuity Planning

Posted by LRF Manager

Any incident whether it is large or small, accidental 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 business’ 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:

What do you do with all your staff? How do you tell the community/customer that you cannot provide ‘business/service as usual’? How do you meet important deadlines?

The list of questions grows, and so do the levels of uncertainty and anxiety. Without a BCP you will have to rely on an ad-hoc approach to deal with these issues. For further information on business continuity, please visit the Business Continuity Institute. (Link )

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

For further information, please download NaCTSO Counting the cost - Managing risk, insurance and terrorism [pdf]

The Home Office has also produced guidance on protecting businesses.

Download Expecting the unexpected - Business continuity in an uncertain world