Preparing your business

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is the process of planning to ensure that your business can return to "business as usual" as quickly and painlessly as possible in the event of a major disruption. 

We’ve pulled together some simple information on how to plan for business disruptions - whether you’re a brand new startup or an international company, this advice should help keep you develop plans to minimise the impact of an emergency on your business.

Why should I plan for business disruptions?

A disaster can strike any organisation, large or small. It can arrive in the shape of storm, flood, fire, a terrorist bomb, action by pressure groups, or product contamination.

Around half of all businesses experiencing a disaster with no effective plans for recovery fail within the following 12 months.  Download our Business Preparedness Checklist to assess how prepared your business it.

How should I plan for business disruptions?

This is a five-step guide to get you started on business continuity planning - use the links below to go to each section, or you can download and print a more detailed strategy for different sized businesses.

Step 1: Analyse your business
Step 2: Assess the risks
Step 3: Plan and prepare
Step 4: Communicate your plan
Step 5: Test your plan

How should I respond to a business disruption?

Check out our information on responding to business disruption, and what actions you can take in the short and long term to minimise the impact on your business.

Where can I find out more?

As well as information freely availible on our website, there are a range of resources developed to assist organisations in developing comprehensive business continuity arrangements.