How would your business cope in a crisis?
Every day, businesses across the UK face a variety of potential emergencies, such as cyber-attacks, fire, flooding, severe weather, civil unrest and severe illness.
There are some simple steps you can take to protect your business:
- Develop a Business Continuity Plan. To minimise the disruption to normal operations, you should develop a plan in advance. It would be impractical to develop plans for every single potential incident, so you should focus on those that are most likely to happen.
- Be alert to cyber crime. In the event of fraud or a cyber crime, you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.
- Check your flood risk. Sign up for flood alerts from the Environment Agency – visit www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or phone Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
- Data backup. Consider storing data backups in a different location to ensure the information you hold is more resilient to cyber-attacks, fire or theft.
- Ensure you have adequate and up-to-date insurance. Having the right level of insurance cover for your property and belongings will provide valuable peace of mind.
- Keep ‘risk’ on the agenda. Make sure you discuss it with your employees/colleagues and ensure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.