Business continuity refers to maintaining business functions or quickly resuming business functions in the event of an emergency or major disruption (eg a fire or a pandemic). A business continuity plan sets out the procedures and processes a business needs in order to continue operating during such an emergency and to recover as quickly as possible.
What is a business continuity plan?
What is the purpose of a business continuity plan?
A business continuity plan is used to identify possible risks or threats, operational areas impacted, and the appropriate recovery strategy and personnel. Use this business continuity plan template to outline emergency plans to keep a business operational in case of emergency.
When should I use a business continuity plan?
Use this business continuity plan if:
you are a business
you want to prepare the business in case of potential disruption
The plan can protect your business from disruptions caused by the following situations:
- disease outbreak (eg coronavirus)
- technological problems
- natural disasters
What is included in a business continuity plan?
This business continuity plan covers:
what emergency will trigger the use of the plan
the impact of the emergency on the business
what the recovery procedure will be
what resources will be needed to recover the business
who forms part of the recovery team
where the business will be relocated to
what teams and resources will need to be relocated
who is responsible for internal and external communications and for communications to suppliers
Why do I need a business continuity plan?
All businesses, regardless of size, should have a business continuity plan in place. Having a business continuity plan in place ensures that the business is prepared in case of an emergency by enabling the business to cope in a crisis and by minimising the disruption to the business and its customers.
Do I need to review a business continuity plan?
A business continuity plan should be regularly reviewed and tested to ensure that it remains relevant and uptodate. Such reviews and tests are usually carried out annually or every other year. The business continuity plan allows you to specify the frequency of such reviews and tests.
What is the response personnel?
The response personnel are the employees in the recovery team, tasked with maintaining business continuity in accordance with the business continuity plan. You should set out which employees are part of the recovery team and what their roles and responsibilities are. You should also set out who the recovery team leader is.
Ask a lawyer if:
you are unsure how to complete the business continuity plan
you are based in Scotland
This business continuity plan is governed by the law of England and Wales.