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Business continuity

What would happen if your business suffered a fire or other emergency?

Good fire safety management saves lives and protects property

Almost one in five businesses suffer some sort of disruption every year, be it fire,
flood or other emergency. Following a disaster:

  • 25% of businesses never re-open
  • 80% of companies who don’t recover in a month are likely to go out of business
  • 75%of businesses without business continuity plans fail within 3 years.

You need to consider what you would do in order to prepare for an emergency that may disrupt your business. If you don’t, a fire or other emergency could result in:

  • loss of reputation and/or loss of customers
  • financial, legal and regulatory penalties
  • human resource issues
  • increased insurance premiums
  • Or at worst the complete failure of your business!

Business continuity 10 minute assessment (PDF)

Every second of every day somewhere in the world disasters are happening - man-made and natural - events that can harm people and businesses. We can't stop them occurring, but we can be prepared.

This video explains what business continuity management is and why you should be doing it.

What are the benefits of business continuity management?

Business continuity management is all about understanding and protecting your business from unexpected and planned disruptions, e.g. fire, flood, illness, strikes, power or technology failures.

Business Continuity Management is a process that helps ensure a business can continue to operate and function in the event of a disruption. It provides the strategic framework for improving the organisation's resilience to interruption.

Effective Business Continuity Management can be beneficial to any size of organisation operating in any sector. By proactively identifying the impacts of an operational disruption your organisation will be able to effectively respond to disruptions, thus minimising the impact on your business.

Planning ahead rather than responding reactively may also:

  • save your business money in the long term
  • provide you with a competitive advantage by being able to demonstrate supply-chain resilience
  • help you identify potential business opportunities, e.g. reduced costs, shared services, new products or services etc.

The following links take you to further information and toolkits to assist you with business continuity planning for your business:

Buiness Continuity Planning Assessment (PDF)

A Guide to Incident Management and Business Continuity for Small Businesses (Word)

Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

Resilient Business Software Toolkit (ROBUST) ROBUST is a software program which is intended to help you create and manage an effective Business Continuity plan.

RISC Authority - Business Sector Review Reports


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