Business continuity is the systematic assessment of services which you deem to be critical in the event of an emergency that affects your business or organisation. This could be through loss of the building, denial of access to a building, loss of IT systems over a prolonged period or loss of staff.
Merton is pleased to be able to offer free business continuity advice to local businesses and voluntary organisations. The following information has been developed by a consortium of Local Authority experts working in partnership with organisations such as businesses, charities, the emergency services, utility providers and central government.
As a business owner you need to consider how your business would be affected and the plans and arrangements you can put in place now to help you get through any business interruption. The attached document Business Continuity Planning for Merton Businesses - advice for small and medium enterprises has been produced to offer quick and simple advice on how to start and develop the process.
Business Continuity Planning for Merton Businesses
Preparing your Business page on the Greater London Authority website gives information and guidance on preparing a Business Continuity plan. Start by completing the 10 minute checklist. This will help you assess how prepared your business is.
Business Continuity Awareness Week
Business Continuity Awareness Week is an annual event organized by the Business Continuity Institute to raise awareness of the importance of business continuity and resilience.
The national theme for the week is return on investment; in addition to the benefits business continuity has in the event of a disruption, it will look at the other advantages it may have. For example, reduced insurance premiums, being seen as a reliable supplier giving a competitive advantage, or revealing efficiency savings through detailed analysis.
BCAW will highlight the specific return on investment for small and medium sized employers (SME's) which make up a significant proportion of London's economy. Each day BCAW will highlight different audiences looking at General Businesses, the Self Employed, Independent Hight Street SME's, Business to Business (i.e. suppliers) and Startups.
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Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8274 4901 and ask to speak to the Business Continuity advisor.
Fax: 020 8545 4013