A Barbour guide to business continuity

Barbour-BusinessContinuity-20Business continuity came into sharp focus for many businesses in the run up to the UK leaving the European Union in 2020 and the need for changes to working times, delivery methods, supplier arrangements, trade deals, tax implications and employment arrangements. It has once again come into focus, with the impact of the coronavirus (or COVID-19).

Business Continuity

For those businesses who used Brexit as a catalyst for drafting or reviewing their business continuity plans it will have acted as a very tool which they can use in future years to ensure that their business remains sustainable, robust and flexible enough to adapt in what are for many very challenging economic times.

Security and fire safety managers, CISOs, and facilities managers will have, in most organisations, a key role to play in determining the business continuity plan for the company. In the past, business continuity may have been seen simply as an IT disaster recovery procedure. However, business continuity is a much broader discipline and one which managers need to gain a good understanding of, if they are to help ensure that the business can effectively run and continue during and, in particular, after a major incident or event. The impact of lockdown resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, is a very relevant example, for example.

Business continuity is considered to be a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts on a business and builds a framework for resilience into processes and procedures. The aim is to have effective safeguards and responses to protect the business in the short, medium and long term.

Understanding the issues that might affect the ability to deliver goods and services to customers and clients on an ongoing basis is vital to effectively plan for and mitigate against potential interruption or worse.

This Business Continuity Guide, from Barbour EHS, includes:

  • Legal Requirements
  • Business Impact Assessment
  • The Business Continuity Plan
  • Key Actions
  • Case studies
  • Further Information and References

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