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What is Business Continuity?

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organisation and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realised, might cause.

Business Continuity provides a framework for building organisational resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities.

How can Business Continuity benefit your organisation?

The benefits of an effective BCM programme are the organisation

  • is able to proactively identify the impacts of an operational disruption
  • has in place an effective response to disruptions which minimises the impact on the organisation
  • maintains an ability to manage uninsurable risks
  • encourages cross team working
  • is able to demonstrate a credible response through a process of exercising
  • could enhance its reputation; and might gain a competitive advantage, conferred by the demonstrated ability to maintain delivery.

The Business Continuity cycle

The Business Continuity Institute has identified a series of steps to help you in the creation of business continuity plans and arrangements that are valid, fit-for-purpose and will add value to your organisation.

  • Understand the organisation
  • Determine Business Continuity strategies
  • Develop and implement a Business Continuity response
  • Exercise, maintain and review Business Continuity arrangements
  • Embed Business Continuity into the culture of the organisation

Business Continuity for Dummies Guide

The Cabinet Office, in partnership with the Business Continuity Institute and Emergency Planning Society, has produced the book Business Continuity for Dummies. Also, the City of London also contributed to the development of a short video.

You can read a sample chapter, of this essential survival guide for small and medium sized enterprises, on GOV.UK.​​​​​