Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Management: Snow Days

Andy Sumner, Sales & Marketing Director, Easynet Connect, explains how businesses can look online to maintain business-as-usual during ‘snow days’ In a country used to moaning about the weather more than anything else (I suppose we have good reason), it is surprising how much ‘freak’ weather, like snow, catches us by surprise. When the snow fell at the beginning of the year the country was brought to its knees. Schools were closed, trains were suspended and all but the main roads were blocked. However whilst schools were able to implement their regimental snow policies with ease, businesses were thrown into a panic. What was their policy for a snow day? How could they stay productive when people couldn’t get into the office? Thankfully for the UK’s businesses, crippling snow days are s... »

Webchat: Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Management is Snow Joke

Don’t put your workforce on ice when faced with problems like the recent nationwide freeze. Tune in to this live webTV show for solutions in keeping in touch with employees and customers. Show date: Friday 29th January Show time: 2pm Three in four UK employees claim to have been affected by the recent bad weather, with just over one in ten not able to work at all. This disruption to UK businesses, as well as the wider economic climate, has emphasised the need for companies to develop a robust business continuity strategy. Developing solutions involving an adaptable workforce that can function with equal efficiency both inside and outside the office is one way of ensuring customer service isn’t compromised, come rain or shine. This is especially important considering the majorit... »

Business Continuity Management

SMEs Lack Business Continuity Plans

Almost half of small firms have no business continuity plan or only have a very rough plan in place, the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has revealed. Research by BIBA found that 45% of small businesses don’t have a continuity plan or only a rough version. It also highlighted that 80% of businesses that suffer a major incident close down within 18 months. BIBA has called on the Government to ensure that all businesses have continuity plans in place in case of major incidents, such as flooding, severe weather conditions, a terrorist attack or a pandemic such as swine flu. “We are not calling for more regulation, we just want the Government to encourage local councils to provide advice to businesses in their area on continuity planning — some are more ac... »

Shell Springboard

Civil Contingencies Secretariat joins BCI Partnership

New research from the BCI Partnership reveals that less than 50% of UK workers have been advised what to do in the event of their workplace becoming inaccessible following an incident such as a fire or flood. Key results from the October YouGov poll also show that less than 30% of workers thought their employer could survive a continued disruption for over six months with nearly 20% fearing their employer would be out of business within one month. On a personal level 44% of respondents felt their families would start to suffer after just four weeks if continued disruption at work meant the loss of the family’s main income. The poll, which covered 2000 UK adults, also explored workers’ understanding of the term “Business Continuity Management” showing a generally poo... »

Terrorism & Flooding Force Business to Review Continuity Management

Business in the UK is now better prepared for disruption or disaster than it was two years ago, ago to a report today from BSI (British Standards’ Institute) yearly Business Barometer, published on Tuesday. BSI research reveals that 42% of businesses have reviewed their business continuity management planning following the terror alerts in both London and Glasgow in June this year and more than a third of businesses are better prepared after the summer’s floods. The research found that 81% of companies would continue to function normally for up to a week before feeling the serious effects of disruption or disaster and that 63% of businesses are well prepared for catastrophic IT failure compared to just 27% back in 2005. Around 50% of business are prepared for forced office relo... »

Business Continuity Management

This article will introduce you to Business Continuity Management (BCM), which is a process developed to counteract systems failure. It includes a ten point disaster recovery plan. Our business advice article will guide you through: An introduction to Business Continuity Management The benefits of Business Continuity Management The 8 elements of Business Continuity Process Impact Analysis Risk Analysis Strategy Plans & Process Risk Reduction Operational Management Testing A 10 point Business Continuity management plan Further help and advice © Crown Copyright. URN 05/625; 01/05 »