Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Advice to Local Businesses

The Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 places a duty upon local authorities to promote Business Continuity (BC) to local businesses and voluntary organisations.

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is an ongoing process of risk assessment and management with the purpose of ensuring that the business can continue if risks materialise. These risks could be from the external environment (over which you have no control, such as power failure) or from within your business such as accidental damage to systems. It will help ensure that key customers, your brand, reputation and key suppliers are maintained, helping to ensure you long term survivability.

BC needs to be considered by small companies and organisations as well as larger corporations. Incidents and disasters can have catastrophic effects on business and incidents can originate from many sources from accidents, criminal activity or even natural disasters.

A business continuity plan is essential to protect the wellbeing of businesses. A number of resources and aids are available to help in planning and preparing for disaster.

For further information you may wish to look at the following documents and websites: