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ISO 22301: 2012 Business Continuity

Why have a plan?

Unplanned events can have a devastating effect on businesses. Crises such as fire, damage to stock, illness of key staff or IT system failure could all make it difficult or even impossible to carry out your normal day-to-day activities. At worst, this could see you losing important customers - and even going out of business altogether.

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With good planning you can take steps to minimise the potential impact of a disaster and ideally prevent it happening in the first place.

Why you need to plan for possible crises

It's essential to plan thoroughly to protect yourself from the impact of potential crises - from fire, flood or theft to IT system failure, restricted access to premises or illness of key staff.

This planning is very important for small businesses since they often lack the resources to cope easily in a crisis.

Failure to plan could be disastrous. At best you risk losing customers while you're getting your business back on its feet. At worst your business may never recover and may ultimately cease trading.

Benefits of a business continuity plan

A carefully thought-out business continuity plan will make coping in a crisis easier and enable you to minimise disruption to the business and your customers.

It will also prove to customers, insurers and investors that your business is robust enough to cope with anything that might be thrown at you - possibly giving you the edge over your competitors or lower insurance premiums.

Your business may also benefit from adopting a business continuity standard.

The ISO 22301:2012 standard sets out detailed advice on designing and implementing a business continuity plan and the actions necessary to obtain accreditation for the plan(s) that have been developed.

"The only thing harder than planning for an emergency is explaining
why you didn’t”

Fact 1: 80% of businesses suffering a major disaster go out of business in three years.

Fact 2: 40% of businesses that suffer a critical IT failure go out of business within a year.

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