Emergencies can develop suddenly and without warning. Situations can threaten and disrupt your business and impact upon you and your staff. Having invested heavily in your business, you need to ensure it remains safe, secure and viable.
What impact would it have on your business if:
- there was a power/utility failure?
- you had a shortage of staff?
- your building was damaged?
- your suppliers or contractors let you down?
- you lost digital data?
Being better informed and better prepared to deal with emergencies has a wide range of benefits, and is good business practice. It also 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 and your reputation.
According to the Business Continuity Institute, business continuity is often described as ‘just common sense’. It's about taking responsibility for your business and enabling it to stay on course whatever storms it's forced to weather - about “keeping calm and carrying on”!
Business continuity life cycle
The business continuity management (BCM) life cycle is a phased, iterative process consisting of 5 stages.
To find out more about each stage, select a page link which relates to each phase of the process.
Stage 1 - Understanding your business