It helps you anticipate, prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disruptions.
Emergencies can develop without warning, disrupting your business and your staff. Being better informed and better prepared to cope reassures your customers and suppliers that you take the resilience and security of your business seriously: it is good for you, your staff, your business, your neighbours and your reputation.
In most cases, a business continuity plan need be only a couple of pages long. The important thing is to look at what could interrupt your business and have good workarounds in place. A plan costs relatively little and need not take long to prepare.
A lot of small businesses operate from industrial parks, which concentrate various services in a small area. Businesses nearby might use dangerous chemicals or processes. If there is a fire or incident at such a business, the emergency services may evacuate or seal off the area. Understanding potential problems such as this and deciding on the best way to work around them could make the difference between keeping a contract and losing it.
If you are a small or medium enterprise or a voluntary organisation we can provide free advice on business continuity and planning. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.