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Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Management

Planning to keep your business in business

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is about identifying those parts of your business you can not afford to lose.

Many businesses have been forced to close their doors due to events that they simply could not control.

There are some simple steps that businesses of all sizes can take to help manage any unexpected interruptions more effectively, continue to operate throughout and recover as effectively as possible afterwards.

The Government has developed a Business Continuity Management Toolkit specifically with small and medium business in mind.

Download the BCM Toolkit

For more details please visit the GOV.UK website.    

Business continuity planning is a cost effective way of identifying risks to help businesses plan for what would have been an unexpected disruption.

As well as being prepared, a good Business Continuity plan will also:

  • give you a competitive advantage by demonstrating to customers your ability to deliver during a disruption

  • provide reassurance to shareholders and investors

  • lower insurance costs

  • lead to continuous improvement of your systems and procedures

A good starting point in planning for a disruption is to think about whether your business could survive if an outside event stopped you from working.

There are four main steps to business continuity planning:

  1. Highlight the areas of your business that are crucial to its ongoing operation, i.e. the aspects that can't be stopped for any reason

  2. Identify ways of keeping these areas of the business running during a disruption. For example, back up systems, remote working, or training staff from non-critical areas to support key areas of work

  3. Agree who will manage a major disruption, who will be in charge, where you will work from, who will talk to customers, and so on

  4. Check the arrangements to see if they work, and train staff on what to do in the event of an incident

There is a range of free help and advice available to support business continuity.

Humber Emergency Planning Service (HEPS), on behalf of the Council, provides specialist help and advice to businesses in the Humber region on a range of topics including emergency planning and business continuity.

For standard template plans and forms please contact HEPS on  01482 393091 or email heps@eastriding.gov.uk.

The Business Continuity Institute also offers help and advice. Visit the Business Continuity Institute website for more information.

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For more information about emergency planning, business continuity, and our plans:

01482 393091

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Humber Emergency Planning Service

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Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 13/10/2016