Business continuity

Plan to protect your business in the event of a disaster.

Business continuityWhat would you do if your business were to be affected by a disaster such as damage to your building, IT failure, flooding or even a terrorist incident? 


Business continuity is about understanding and managing risks of events that could disrupt your business and impact upon you and and anyone who works for you. Thinking about business continuity can help you to plan how to deal with different situations so that you can continue to operate your business.


Put simply, business continuity is about anticipating any incident that could affect you and planning for it.


Business continuity plan

A business continuity plan will you to identify all the requirements, which are essential to keeping your business running, and will include processes to keep disruption to a minimum. It is all about ensuring that you can manage any crisis effectively.


We have put together a simple  to help you to protect your business.  It is designed to help you capture important actions that you or your staff would need to undertake should there be a business disruption.


Business continuity management

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office, London First and the Business Continuity Institute have produced a useful one-stop guide to business continuity management called Expecting the unexpected - business continuity in an uncertain world


The Business Continuity Institute also produces the good practice guidelines and provides a guide to business continuity management (BCM). This process will help you to identify threats, design responses, and to then implement an effective plan. But remember that it's an ongoing process to continually build and improve your business's resilience. Use the five steps below to help you develop a plan.  


Step 1 - understand your business and what makes it tick

Step 2 - assess the risks to your business

► Step 3 - develop your strategy to deal with those risks

► Step 4 - develop your plan

► Step 5 - test and update your plan


Additional information

► Ten top tips for business continuity

Flooding and flood risk information from the Environment Agency 

Contact Emergency Planning