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Business Continuity

This page gives information and other contact details about what to do if there was an interruption or incident and your business was unable to carry on as normal. By following the guidance it will ensure that in the event of an emergency or crisis you will be able to continue with your critical business functions.

Be Prepared…

What would you do if your office or business premises were not available, all your paperwork had been destroyed and the computer network and servers were off line?

We all provide essential services for the community many of which become more critical during major incidents or emergency situations and it is essential that they continue.

What is business continuity

Business continuity management (BCM) is the anticipation of an interruption or incident and the process of planning to ensure that your critical business functions continue in a crisis or emergency. It also ensures that the remainder of your business functions are recovered in a rehearsed, controlled and phased manner.

Business continuity plans need to be clear, concise and tailored to the needs of the business. Unplanned events can have catastrophic effects and the disruptive incidents can come from accidents, criminal activity or natural disasters. Business Continuity should become part of the way you perform business. It is better to plan for incidents, which may affect your business, rather than having to catch up when a problem occurs.

Why is business continuity management important?

Research has shown that:-

  • 90 per cent of businesses that lose their data in an emergency close within two years.
  • 80 per cent of businesses suffering a major incident close within 18 months if they have no effective BCM plan.
  • 58 per cent of UK businesses were disrupted in some way by the events of 11 September 2001, with one in eight companies being seriously affected.

Advice and assistance

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council maintains plans to ensure that they can continue to exercise their functions in the event of an emergency, so far as is reasonably practicable. In addition to this duty, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council wants to support local businesses and voluntary organisations in being prepared for emergencies.

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The Emergency Planning College (EPC) is the leading provider of training for emergency preparation, attracting delegates with responsibility for preventing, planning for, responding to or recovering from a major incident. The EPC runs courses on business continuity as well as other aspects of civil protection.

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