What is business continuity?
The Civil Contingency Act 2004 defines Business Continuity Management as the:
‘holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organisation and the impacts to business operations that those threats if realised might cause, and which provide a framework for building organisational resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of key stakeholders, reputation , brand and value creating activities’
Business continuity planning is becoming ever more important as organisations face increasing threats and risks, both natural and man-made, to their day-to-day operations. The principle aim of any business continuity plan is to allow an organisation to react, and deal with an unforeseen event, so as to minimise interruption to the business and to return to normal operations, especially for critical services, as quickly, smoothly and efficiently as possible.