Business continuity for businesses

What if....

  • you couldn't get into your premises because of flooding or a fire?
  • key members of staff were ill or unable to get to work?
  • a major supplier went out of business or important pieces of equipment failed?
  • there was a loss of electrical power or problems with road transport or the fuel supply?
  • you had an IT systems failure?

During these disruptions could your business/organisation still provide goods and services to your customers?

Even relatively small disruptions can have serious consequences for cash flow and for your reputation if they are not well managed.  There are a number of straighforward practical steps you can take to lessen the impact on your business/organisation and speed up your return to normality.

Five Straightforward Steps

Step 1 Identify what your business is about and what the priorities are

Step 2 Identify what you need to continue your core business eg staff, premises, IT, suppliers, information

Step 3 Identify what could be done to reduce the likelihood and impact of your business being disrupted

Step 4 Identify those who would be involved in dealing with the disruption to make sure the impact of your business is kept to a minimum

Step 5 You now have information for your business continuity plan!  Write down steps 1-4, keep your plan up to date and test that it works

How can we help?

A business continuity plan needs to be written by someone who knows and understands your business so that it meets your specific business requirements.  As part of Fife Council’s responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, we can provide business continuity advice and support to all types of businesses/organisations in Fife.

Further information on business continuity can also be found by clicking on the useful links below (takes you to external websites).

Produced in partnership with the Cabinet Office, the book 'Business Continuity for Dummies' provides useful information on business continuity. 

Shona Robertson, Emergency Resilience Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 23 15 Contact Shona Robertson online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Emergency Resilience Team
Tel: 01592 583544 Contact Emergency Resilience Team online
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