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PPE equipment

Wiltshire & Swindon LRF is working with fellow responders across the South West and are grateful to businesses and others for their support in providing essential PPE supplies. PPE continues to present a huge challenge, and a national request is being made of organisations or others able to help with making PPE such as visors and gowns for our frontline workers. If you think you may be able to assist please use the following link to check the required specifications and register your offer here.

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Business Continuity Planning

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Business Continuity Planning

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.

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

The Home Office has also produced guidance on protecting businesses. Download Expecting the unexpected - Business continuity in an uncertain world

Cyber security

Cyber-attacks and data breaches have proven to be two of the greatest concerns for business continuity professionals for several years running.

Cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access - both online and at work - from theft or damage. It’s also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.

The National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ has produced guides to help your business to improve cyber security within your organisation - quickly, easily and at low cost.

We would also draw your attention to the advice on the NCSC website and phishing attempts to help organisations protect themselves against ransomware COVID-19 is being exploited by malicious cyber actors and the NCSC has published a useful article and also a document produced with Homeland Security with practical advice for organisations and individuals

If you would like more information on business continuity, you can visit.

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 a simple guide on some of the easy actions that you can take to make sure that your business is as well as possible. Have a look at the business checklist on page 16 of this document to see if your business is prepared for flooding. Download the Environment Agency - Would your business stay afloat?