East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its partners are urging businesses and organisations across the Humber region to have business continuity plans in place to ensure they can continue to operate in an emergency situation.
The council works closely with a number of partner organisations to ensure it is ready to respond in an emergency situation and is encouraging businesses to take the same approach.
Emergencies can take various forms, from buildings being destroyed by fire to the flooding experienced during last December’s tidal surge, when homes and business properties were affected.
In any such situation, business continuity is vital. Business continuity is about having common sense precautions in place to help manage a disruption and recover afterwards.
Some of the key benefits that business continuity can bring include:
Having arrangements in place for businesses to fulfil their obligations in a crisis
Reassuring customers and suppliers about the resilience of the business
Providing assurance and protection to staff
Safeguarding and increasing the reputation of the business
Savings, potentially, on insurance premiums.
Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning, said: “Running a business can be unpredictable and no-one knows what is around the next corner. Your business could fail because of something that is not your fault or that you can’t control. Every business, big or small, needs some level of business continuity planning.
“Business continuity during emergency situations is not only good practice for the business, helping them to minimise disruption and potential adverse effects, it also helps the communities they serve.
“Maintaining access to services is crucial for residents during an emergency situation and aids in the recovery process afterwards.
“I would strongly urge businesses to put appropriate precautions in place and, with support and guidance available, there has never been a better time than during Humber Business Week.”
Information and resources are available to help businesses begin their planning at www.letsgetready.org.uk
Business Continuity Competition
There is no better time to start thinking about business continuity then the present. With this in mind, Humber Emergency Planning Service would like to support Humber Business Week, by giving businesses in the Humber area the opportunity to win a free business continuity exercise, worth £500.
One of our business continuity officers would work with you and deliver a table top exercise at your business free of charge.
For your chance to win, send your top tip for increasing business resilience to firstname.lastname@example.org put BC competition in the email subject.
Closing date for the competition is Monday, 16 June.