Business continuity

Business continuity is the process that an organisation puts into place to ensure that essential activities can continue during unforeseen emergencies and get back to a normal level of operation as quickly as possible.

Business continuity planning is considerably more widespread in larger organisations, with a serious gap in small to medium sized enterprises. Unfortunately it is the smaller organisations who struggle to recover and continue trading after major incidents, so it is those who can really benefit from the information and advice offered by the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit.

You will find more information about business continuity on the Suffolk Resilience website, including a step-by-step guide to business continuity to help you put in place the processes to protect your business and links to useful websites.

Suffolk Resilience Business Continuity Forum 

The Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit has set up forum for businesses and voluntary organisations across the county to promote business continuity. There is no charge to join the forum which runs a programme of seminars, workshops and training events.

For more information, including how to join, visit the Business Continuity Forum pages on the Suffolk Resilience website.

Business Efficient Resilience Toolkit (BERT)

The Business Efficient Resilience Toolkit (BERT) has been developed by our Management Team, Groundwork Suffolk, Joint Emergency Planning Unit, Environment Agency and other partner agencies to provide businesses with a free means to assess and develop their own business continuity plans.

The practical and easy to follow process helps you ask the questions today that will enable you to respond effectively to impacts on your activities that sit outside of normal business plans in the future, providing significant long term resilience.

Quite simply, do it today, have a plan in place and be in forward looking position to maintain and increase business opportunities after an emergency incident affecting your business, your customers or your suppliers.

Business survey - ability to cope when disrupted

A resilient business:

  • Is able to resist threats rather than just react to them
  • Constantly identifies weaknesses in processes or infrastructure and improves on them
  • Gains a competitive advantage by planning for and mitigating against potential disasters
  • Employs staff who are motivated to anticipate problems and innovate when opportunities arise

Does your organisation have plans in place to reduce the impact on your business of potential disruption caused by economic, social and environmental hazards (such as flood, drought, snow, high winds, pollution/habitat destruction, changing consumer habits)?