Business continuity management
Business Continuity Management (BCM) is the process of preventing, surviving and recovering from a crisis.
BCM can help you develop plans on how to maintain business as usual in the event of:
- a civil emergency
- fuel crisis,
- the loss of your workplace,
- theft and vandalism,
- communications failure,
- industrial action,
- power or water failures.
BCM is scalable and applies equally to individual traders or large organisations.
A lack of preparation can result in any of the following potentially damaging impacts:
- loss of income;
- loss of critical services/equipment;
- loss of reputation and/or customers;
- legal actions taken against your business.
To assist with business continuity management planning, a template has been developed by the council to help cover the main areas.
Organisations are advised to consider seeking professional assistance in preparing a plan and not to rely on this document alone.
There is also a 10 minute assessment you can try:
The four stages of the BCM life cycle
Wyre Council embraces the plan-do-check-act cycle:
- Plan: Establishment of the policy, strategy, objectives, targets, controls, roles and responsibilities, processes and procedures relevant to managing the risk and improving resilience;
- Do: Implement and operate policies, controls, processes and procedures;
- Check: Monitor and review performance against policy, objectives and practical experience, report results for review and determine and authorise actions for remediation and improvement;
- Act: Maintain and improve by taking corrective and preventative actions, based on the results of reviews, exercises and live events.
- UK Resilience - apply to attend an annual conference to learn how to respond to and recover from emergencies
- The Business Continuity Institute – for further information about the BCM process
- The Emergency Planning Society – join a network of professional resilience practioners and emergency planners
- Continuity Central – for updates and information on business continuity
- Global Continuity – Advice on reducing the risk of business interruption and reducing losses
- The Institute of Risk Management – find out how to gain qualifications in risk management
For further information or if you have any questions about the process please contact us:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01253 887325
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