Business Continuity Management
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 places a responsibility on the Council to give advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations in relation to Business Continuity Management or BCM.
BCM is the planning an organisation can do to assess the risks, identify its vulnerable areas and key functions, and to plan its response to an adverse event. This is important to ensure the impact of an incident is kept to a minimum and that the business can return to normal operations as quickly as possible.
Organisations that have business continuity arrangements in place are more likely to stay in business after an incident, as they are more prepared and equipped to help themselves. It is an increasing expectation of insurance companies that organisations will have these preparations in place.
Larger businesses may need to access sources of specialist assistance from professional consultants. Further information is available from the Business Continuity Institute website.