Business continuity planning: react, respond and recover

Resilient businesses can react faster and more efficiently to a sudden disruption – the sort of thing that can happen at any moment

Disruptions to your business can happen at any moment. Flood. Computer virus. Supply chain failure. Losing a key employee….

A good business continuity plan recognises potential threats to every aspect of your business, how long you can manage for and at what point you need to recover.

It analyses what impact the risks might have on your day-to-day operations.

It provides a plan to mitigate the threats, putting in place tactics which allows key functions of the business to continue even if the worst happens.

It can be as simple or as detailed as required – the important thing is:

  1. Identify areas of the business and key risks
  2. Understand the impacts and timescales
  3. Create the plan, write it down
  4. Share it with staff, test it and keep it up to date

Whether you’re a sheep farmer or larger grower, having a contingency plan for the worst will help you deal with risks effectively without panic or excessive expense.

Watch this webinar and use the templates below to help you put a plan in place for when things go wrong.

You can explore and manage the risks your business might face, including guidance videos and worksheets, here:

Managing risk