BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING

Every business is at risk of disruption from a variety of threats, as well as Fire these threats can include flood, loss of power or even loss of staff.

80% of businesses (without a business continuity plan) that are hit by a major incident either never re-open or close within 18 months. Almost 1 in 5 businesses suffer disruption every year.

What would happen if your business, organisation or association was involved in an emergency or disaster?

Business continuity provides a planned response - combined with effective measures to reduce interruption and minimise losses.  Without effective business planning, a natural or man-made disaster or an internal or external service disruption could result in:

  • A complete failure to your business
  • Loss of reputation and/or loss of customers
  • Financial, legal and regulatory penalties
  • Human resource issues
  • An impact on insurance premiums 

If you do not have a Business Continuity Plan this short assessment will outline the criteria you need to consider in order to help enable you to prepare for an emergency (internal or external) that may disrupt your business/organisation.

Business Continuity is seen as a way of improving resilience within the Community. Responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 require local authorities to promote Business Continuity to Businesses and the Voluntary Sector. 

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) can provide general advice and can assist by giving details of useful websites, examples of best practice, Business Continuity Management techniques and further reading.

For further information follow this link to AGMA's website.

Local Authority Links to Business Continuity Website pages

Salford Borough Business Continuity - Salford City Council
Bolton Borough Civil emergencies - business continuity advice
Trafford Borough Business Continuity
Stockport Borough Stockport emergency planning guide
Bury Borough Bury Council - Business continuity
Wigan Business Continuity
Tameside Borough Business Continuity Planning
Oldham Borough Oldham business continuity
Manchester Business continuity advice - Manchester City Council
Rochdale Borough Business continuity advice for emergencies

The Greater Manchester local authorities have put together a guide on Business Continuity, which is available to download below

Business Continuity Advice.

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Last update: 15/02/2013 13:07:52
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