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Business Continuity

Running a business is unpredictable – you never know what’s around the next corner. Have you ever thought about what would happen if your business was involved in an emergency?

Business continuity is about having common sense precautions in place to help you survive a disruption and recover afterwards should this occur. It doesn’t have to cost anything and you might find it wins you contracts and helps to reduce insurance premiums.

The types of disruptions you might encounter vary according to your business but are generally accepted as:

  • Loss of premises – Do you have an alternative location? Can you hire a temporary building? Being prepared for fire, by having up to date fire risk assessments and adequate working fire detection systems, is just part of the wider picture of being prepared for any type of emergency such as flooding, theft or vandalism.
  • Staff shortages – Could you use agency workers to cover short term?
  • Loss of utilities – Do you have portable heaters, an electricity generator and access to bottled water?
  • Loss of IT – Do you have a maintenance contract, or could you revert to a paper based system in the short term?
  • Loss of vehicles – Do you have a call off hire contract in your insurance?
  • Loss of supply chain – Do your suppliers have a business continuity plan? If not,do you have a backup supplier?

So think about your critical products and services and the measures you could put in place should any of the disruptions listed above happen.

The Derbyshire Prepared website signposts you to information from many agencies that can be used to assess the resilience of your business and put in place plans to prepare for different types of emergency. You can access the Derbyshire Prepared website here.

The internet has a wealth of information and templates for business continuity planning - so have a look at these and get planning. Disruptions don’t just happen to other people.

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