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Business Continuity Planning – surviving a disaster

October 2013
Would your business survive a major disruption? Business Continuity Planning – how prepared are you?

A disaster can strike any organisation at any time and potentially bring the business to a grinding halt. Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is the process of identifying potential situations that may threaten an organisation and providing a framework for building a plan of resilience. Written with business owners, administrators and HR professionals in mind, our Business Folder now has brand new BCP Guidance Notes, a BCP Checklist and a Template Business Continuity Plan.

Any incident large or small, whether natural, accidental or deliberate, can cause major disruption to a business (and even threaten its survival). Floods, fire, power failures, staff illness, IT system failure etc. can all potentially affect the operation of a business. HM Government estimates that around half of all businesses experiencing a disaster with no effective plans for recovery, fail within the following 12 months. We have therefore created easy to follow, practical and user friendly BCP Guidance Notes for small businesses. These BCP Guidance Notes introduce and explain what BCP is and guide the reader through all the steps and issues, including those relevant to employees and to management, that a company needs to consider when planning how to maintain and manage their staff and business following an incident.

Building on the BCP Guidance Notes, we have also created a new BCP Checklist which provides a starting point for any business considering business continuity planning. The BCP Checklist contains the types of questions, including those relating to personnel, that the business should be considering in order to put in place a business continuity plan.

Finally, this BCP Checklist is complimented by a Template Business Continuity Plan which aims to aid and assist businesses in developing the procedures to be taken in the event of a major business disruption affecting the operation of key functions and staff. Business Continuity Planning always has to be appropriate to the specific organisation in question and therefore this Template Business Continuity Plan needs to be tailored to each individual business’s needs.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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