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.
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.
- Business Continuity For Dummies - big organisations often have dedicate business continuity or disaster recovery teams, but what about the smaller businesses? This guide provides advice tailored to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
- ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management - this standard outlines the requirements of a mangement system to protect against, reduce the likelihood of, and ensure your business recovers from disruptive incidents
- BS 65000 - Organisational Resilience - guidance on organisational ability to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to events – both sudden shocks and gradual change
- BCI Good Practise Guidelines - provide independent body of knowledge of good Business Continuity practice worldwide
- CPNI Advice and Guidance - information on developing physical, personnell and cyber security for businesses
- See more at: http://www.cpni.gov.uk/advice/#sthash.JWndPkbO.dpuf
- ISO/IEC 27031: 2011 Information Technology Security Techniques - describes the concepts and principles of information and comunication technology (ICT) readiness for business continuity
- BS 11200 Crisis management: Guidance and good practice - offers guidance to help management plan, establish, operate, maintain and improve their organizations crisis management capability
- PD25111 Human Aspects of BCM - gives practical guidelines on the management of people during the continuity phase and supporting staff after recovery
- PD25222 Guidance on Supply Chain Continuity - practical methods to help deliver products and services in the event of an incident affecting supply chains
- ISO 22398:2013 Guidelines for Exercising BCM - recommends good practice for organisations to develop exercise and validation programmes