Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning

“Deal with problems before they happen”  ... Tao te Ching

I recently saw a front page newspaper article where an unfortunate M.D. was quoted as saying that he did not know how the recent vandal attack, which had severely damaged his fleet of haulage vehicles, would affect his business.

I asked myself the question - if he didn’t know, who did?

Who was going to tell his customers, employees and shareholders when, or even if, his business could restart?

Now put yourself in a similar position - and ask yourself; would you be in any better position if a similar mishap befell your business - in all honesty, the answer is ‘probably not’. And what made this incident even more significant was that this firm was not even the primary target of the vandal attack, but an organisation in an adjacent property.

Make no mistake - your business could be  under threat even as you are reading this very page. You can never predict and prepare 100% for all eventualities. But running a BCP programme will significantly improve your chances of business survival.

Business Continuity Planning, or BCP, is a structured method that we use to guide you and your staff through a process:

to prompt you to think about the unthinkable

to identify the key risks to business disruption, and

to formulate a plan to mitigate the effects should the unthinkable ever happen.

It can’t happen to you?    Well, the statistics make uncomfortable reading:

A business is likely to suffer a serious disruption at least once in 7 years

70% of businesses that suffer a serious disruption without having a Business Continuity Plan in place go out of business in less than 2 years following the incident.

Don’t let your business become a statistic - a BCP-preparedness audit can take as little as 2 days of your time - but could prove invaluable. 

Call 07973 684182 now  or e-mail consulting@hcslweb.com

 

Remember,”by the time you hear the thunder, it’s too late to build the ark” 

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