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Business continuity guide launched

As the nights draw in we are reminded that the seasons are rapidly changing and, as such, so is the weather.

October marks the traditional start of storm season in Lincolnshire which runs through to March heralding some unfriendly weather from storm surges on the coast to surface water flooding from heavy prolonged downpours across the rest of the county leading to heightened risk of further flooding from rivers and water courses. If that wasn't enough there are the freezing temperatures, snow and high winds to contend with all bringing an array of disruptive forces to our lives making the simplest tasks that little bit more complicated. I think we used to refer to this time as "winter".

But what happens if something else were to happen, maybe a major fire or an industrial accident or something more sinister. What could we do to safeguard ourselves, communities  and communities and businesses in situations such as these?

All businesses ideally should have some form of continuity planning in place to enable them to continue to function during crisis however, business is stressful enough without the added worry of creating a plan of action so to make life simple we have developed an easy to use business continuity planning template and guide which will allow you to create a fit for purpose business continuity plan.  Business continuity planning is identifying and understanding the risks to the everyday running of a business and planning how business will be maintained if an accident happen

All businesses should prepare themselves for emergencies and develop business continuity plans. This may help organisations to stay in business and recover more quickly if serious disruption occurs.Your plan should focus on five simple areas:

Try to keep the information as simple and informative as possible so that everyone reading your plan understands .You should think about the parts of your business that are crucial in keeping it going. Establish what your customers expect from you and what you need to be able to provide. Identify the business relationships within your organisation and those with your suppliers and customers.
Think about the possible risks to your business, how likely they are to happen and what impact they will have on you. Keep your business continuity plan simple so that it can be easily understood by everyone.

Your plan should include the following elements:be able to identify who is responsible for doing what and which of your business priorities need to be dealt with first and which can be left until later.

It is also really important that your business continuity plan is kept up to date especially your contact details as these are likely to change more regularly depending on how many staff you may employ or locations you may work from. Make sure all employees are involved in the plan through awareness-raising and training and try to rehearse your plan at least annually making any changes necessary.

Boston Borough Council Emergency Planning have organised a series of workshops aimed at helping you get the most out of your business continuity plan. These are free to attend so come along to Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE218QR between 0730hrs and 0930hrs on the following dates:

For more information contact gilly.gilbert@boston.gov.uk