Helpful hints to businesses with what to do to prepare, and minimise the effect on your business.
Could your business make it through a crisis? Incidents such as severe weather, staff absence, failure of a key supplier, fires, floods, malicious damage and many other potential incidents can cause a business significant problems and prevent it from carrying out its usual operations.
A business continuity plan can help to prevent operational interruptions to your organisation and enable it to quickly return to a state of 'business as usual'. Once it has been prepared the business continuity plan must be tested and exercised.
What should you do next?
If you have been inspired to developing a continuity plan for your business, write yourself a realistic plan based on the following Toolkit
Start by looking at the Thames Valley Community Risk register and consider any local risks associated with your geographic location.
Conduct an impact analysis to highlight the key areas that you need to focus on.
Minimise any impacts
Consider risk mitigation via the 4 x Ts. - Terminate, Treat, Transfer, Tolerate
- Terminate - Can you terminate the business activity?
- Treat - Can you reduce the risk?
- Transfer - Can you insure against the risk, or outsource that aspect of the Business?
- Tolerate - Continue with the business activity and prepare a plan to minimise any impact to it.
Train your staff
Your plan is only as good as those staff that have been trained in its activation. To ensure that your plan works well, ensure that your members of staff have been trained in its activation and use.
Test your plan
Testing your plan is good practice. Check phone numbers within the plan regularly and conduct at least one annual test on the highest risk areas of your business to ensure that the plan is suitable.
What business continuity preparations do members of the Local Resilience Forum make?
Each member of the local resilience forum has a Business Continuity Plan, and makes preparations based on Business Continuity Institute guidance.
Where can I obtain training in Business Continuity Management?
Many private companies offer Business Continuity Training packages. Nationally, the Emergency Planning College offers a range of courses included Business Continuity modules.
Local business continuity groups and work is organised in each county. Please contact your local authority emergency planning team to find our about activities and opportunities in your area.