How well prepared is your business to cope with any sort of disruption?
It isn’t just disasters like fire and flooding which could shut your business down – weather, staff sickness, burst pipes, supplier problems and power failures are common small scale incidents which can have devastating impacts on businesses that have not planned ahead.
What is business continuity?
Business continuity planning ensures that your business can survive and recover from an incident, as well as keeping your reputation intact.
Why have a plan?
Major incidents and emergencies can seriously impacted many small, medium and large businesses. What would the effect be on your customers and ability to continue with your businesses if your premises could not be accessed for days or weeks? A business continuity plan will help you ensure the key aspects of the business are covered and are in the best position to continue your business. As the name suggest, it is simply a plan to be used to keep the business in operation when incidents threaten to impact it.
Who needs a plan?
All businesses, organisations, services and voluntary groups. Being prepared is the key. Plans do not have to be complicated, especially for small businesses. The essential is to have prepared for the worst that could realistically happen and have identified what would help you survive.
We are here to help!
Local authorities, in accordance with the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), have a duty to promote good Business Continuity practice within the community. Hertfordshire Resilience is committed to helping the county’s businesses and voluntary organisations develop their own business continuity plans so that they will be able to thrive and provide services and employment to Hertfordshire citizens into the future.
To help you protect your business, Hertfordshire County Council has a range of tools to help you improve how prepared your businesses is and guidance on how to test any existing plans.
So, where do I start?
Know your risks. Make sure you are aware of the most common risks in your area that could affect your business and plan accordingly. Refer to Hertfordshire’s Community Risk Register, and use your local knowledge to try and identify other risks that may not be included; for example, is there a local road that regularly floods, or are power outages common at a certain time of the year?
Main risks in Hertfordshire:
Infectious outbreaks and diseases
Prolonged extremes of temperature
Major road traffic disruption
Infrastructure and utility failure