Business continuity planning

Planning for recovery from a major incident or disruption is increasingly recognised as an essential component of a partnership’s risk management strategy.

The risks of serious business disruption are steadily increasing due to the greater complexity of modern firms and the burgeoning range of potential threats, and partnerships are no exception to this.

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) allows management to anticipate such risks and to develop contingency plans to ensure that the business continues to operate whatever the disruption.

Our team of consultants has extensive experience in assisting clients to develop and implement a comprehensive and fit for purpose business continuity plan or reviewing an existing plan to identify gaps and potential improvements.

The importance of BCP cannot be understated:

  • Nearly one in five businesses suffers from a major disruption every year.
  • 80% of businesses which are affected by a major incident close within 18 months.
  • 90% of businesses that lose data are forced to stop trading within two years.

What we do

We will help your partnership to:

  • Complete a threat and vulnerability matrix that will help you to examine the threats facing your business and develop scenarios of how the threats might materialise.
  • Develop action plans to help you to respond to the identified scenarios.
  • Link action plans to resources people, facilities and infrastructure.
  • Develop supporting procedures and help you to establish your crisis management team.

The business continuity plan can be assisted by the use of specialist tools, such as the award-winning, web-based Shadow Planner, which supports the team through the process of developing the plan. These tools also accumulate the output of the planning process and provide an efficient and reliable method of maintaining the plan.

Our team of specialists will work with your partnership on the implementation, set-up and training in relation to your BCP.

Our approach

We will run workshops with your staff to start the process of compiling action plans for a number of the scenarios identified in the Threat and Vulnerability Matrix. As well as producing a practical output, this approach allows the attendees to actually work through the development of an action plan.

Once drafted we will review and challenge the plans to ensure they are robust and fit for purpose. Using scenario-based testing we will help you to demonstrate the effectiveness of your business continuity plan. These tests range from simple desktop tests through Crisis Management Team exercises to more complex inter-departmental incident management and recovery tests.