Protecting Your Business During An Emergency

Protecting your Business

Business Continuity

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a process of planning to ensure that your business or organisation has a quick return to normal operations after the event of a major disruption. Even though it is impossible to predict every kind of incident that may threaten a business, it is possible to prepare for such events by developing business continuity plans.

Here you will find information for businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management (BCM). Business continuity management can ensure your organisation can handle an emergency, continue to function, and can recover effectively afterwards.

Health and Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. They act as an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces. Click here for more information

Self Assessment

The Civil Contingencies Secretariat has developed, in partnership with stakeholders, a Business Continuity Management Toolkit [External PDF] to help the commercial and voluntary sector implement BCM”

Visit the UK Resilience Website for more information

Business Resilience Planning Assumptions

The National Business Resilience Planning Assumptions were first published on GOV.UK on 10 December 2014. They were based on the risks identified in the National Risk Assessment (2013). They have now been updated to reflect the latest National Risk Assessment (2014), which was finalised in February 2015.

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

The BCI was established in 1994 to enable individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. The BCI currently has over 5000 members in 90 different countries.

Visit the website for more information.

Manchester Business Continuity Forum (MBCF)

The MBCF is a free source of advice and guidance to help organisations prepare for business disruptions and emergencies. In the event of a major emergency, the MBCF will (where possible) share information about the incident with it’s members. To sign up to the Forum and for more information visit:

Weathering The Storm

This Weathering The Storm  guide has been produced for small and medium businesses (SMEs) in Greater Manchester. It will help you to understand how you could be affected by weather, including extreme events, and how you can improve your chances of a quick recovery. The guide also sets out business opportunities from responding to a changing climate, and provides useful tools and contact information.


This guide has been adapted and published by CLASP and Greater Manchester Resilience Forum.

This guide has been adapted from a concept originated and developed by the West Midlands Climate Change Adaptation Partnership, and subsequently updated and adapted by Sustainability West Midlands, Climate East Midlands, Environment Agency Midlands, and Cheshire and Warrington Local Authorities.

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The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group

The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) have developed a tool to help small to medium sized businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, such as flooding, cybercrime and civil unrest. Emergencies can happen to businesses of any size, anywhere and at any time. Disruption to people (customers and staff) and logistics (supply chain, utilities and transport) are the most frequently occurring problems. Unfortunately, small and medium-sized businesses are often more vulnerable and major disruptions can often prove fatal. Taking time to plan and prepare can save businesses time and money when something untoward happens.

Developed by BERG, the 10 Minute Plan is a simple three step plan designed to help businesses be more resilient. Find out more and download the plan: