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Business Continuity

Nearly 1 in 5 businesses suffer a major disruption every year according to the Business Continuity Institute.

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is about preparing for the outcomes of potential incidents, and planning on how your organisation or business will ensure it can continue to function. 

What if?

  • You lost access to the building you operate from?

  • You lost one, more, or all of your IT systems?

  • Snow or flu meant you had significantly less staff in?

  • There was a loss of utilities, particularly long term?

Business Continuity (BC) planning aims to make sure you have all the information and processes in place to recover from any incident. BC will provide you with a plan that will contribute towards minimising financial and reputational impacts, and ensure the survival of your organisation or business into the future.

Getting started with business continuity

Basic BC information is available in the Business Continuity leaflet "How Prepared are You?" developed by Central Government and Dorset County Council.

To help you and your business with developing and implementing Business Continuity arrangements, the Cabinet Office has also produced a more detailed Business Continuity toolkit for small and medium sized businesses.

Futher information and advice:

Cabinet Office Website (opens in a new window)

Business Continuity Institute (opens in a new window)

Business Continuity Management Institute (opens in a new window)

Business Continuity for Dummies (opens in a new window)

For further advice please contact Dorset County Council's Emergency Planning Service.

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