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Business continuity

Find out information on how to be ready to conduct 'business as usual in an emergency'.

Shepway District Council promotes Business Continuity Management to commercial and voluntary organisations within the District.

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 local councils must provide free generic advice and assistance on business continuity to commercial and voluntary organisations.
Kent County Council and Shepway District Council work in partnership to provide this service.

Business continuity can help your business to develop documented plans on how to maintain 'business as usual' in the event of a significant disruption.   The business continuity process identifies the essential functions within your organisation and considers how these functions would continue to operate.

Consider the following questions:

  • How long could we cope if there was a power cut or the phones went dead?
  • What if an incident prevented delivery to a key customer?
  • How would a major incident affect the morale of staff?
  • How would serious damage to my premises affect my business?

Business continuity may involve making contingency plans for the sudden loss or unavailability of work sites, staff and skills, suppliers and partners, specialist equipment, technology and communications, and data, information and utilities. This list is not exhaustive and there may be other risks which are specific to your organisation.

Considering business continuity early on, rather than when an incident occurs, will help prepare you to return to 'business as usual' in the shortest possible time.

Advanced planning helps your business to:

  • Reduce the potential for financial loss
  • Maintain a good reputation
  • Improve staff confidence
  • Avoid negative publicity

For more advice and guidance you can download our information sheets from the 'Downloads' section of this page, and visit other websites that appear in the 'External links' section.