A lot of the time, businesses run smoothly. For most businesses, unplanned disruptions are rare and unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean that the threat isn’t always there in some way. If an unplanned disruption happens, it’s important for a business to be able to continue on without there being too much of an impact on the day to day running of things. This is where a business continuity plan comes in. With business continuity planning, everything is in place should a disruptive incident occur.
What is a Business Continuity Plan?
A business continuity plan is a document detailing how a business can prevent threats, and how it can recover from them should they inevitably occur. It’s important for a business to be able to continue offering services and products during an unplanned disruption, and the information of how to do so successfully is included in a business continuity plan. With a plan, it’s likely that everything will grind to a halt. Not only does this leave customers without a product or service, but it could have a major impact on revenue.
A business continuity plan should identify which processes and systems must be maintained, and how to go about maintaining them. It should also look at how products are manufactured, how services are delivered, service providers, supply chains, key processes and regulations. Someone should be able to pick up a business continuity plan and immediately put a plan into action.
What is in a Business Continuity Plan?
When it comes to business continuity planning, there is a lot to think about. A business continuity plan should cover everything from company threats and business impact analysis, to your key resources. It should be detailed, thorough and it should cover a range of eventualities. Staff, external contracts, supplies and business documents should also be included in a business continuity plan. The more detailed a business continuity plan is, the more helpful it will be.
Benefits of a Business Continuity Plan
There are a number of benefits that come with creating a business continuity plan, and it’s something that all businesses should consider doing. Regardless of business size, type or industry, there is no knowing when a threat will occur. With a business continuity plan, it’s a lot easier to recover. With business continuity planning, it’s possible to understand future threats and safeguard against them. It’s also a key part of improving risk management.
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