Business continuity

Would your business cope in an emergency? What would happen if you needed to close your business for a few weeks?

Effective business continuity management helps companies and organisations to anticipate risks and plan a response ahead of time. This helps to recover faster and get back to work sooner after a major disruptive event like a fire, a flood or even a significant IT failure.

The West Mercia Local Resilience Forum (WMLRF) produces a Community Risk Register (CRR). This register localises the national risks and threats identified at a national level. Reviewing the CRR will allow business to understand the wider national picture and provide an opportunity to assess their own risks. View the Community Risk Register.

'Expect the unexpected' provides guidance to help businesses build resilience to deal with the impact of a major incident or disaster.

If you don't have business continuity in place yet, take 10 minutes to prepare right now with the Business Emergency Resilience Group's 10 Minute Plan (PDF).

Be Cyber Aware and protect your business from data breaches and cyber attacks. The National Cyber Security Centre provides detailed advice on Cyber Security. View the guidance for small businesses. Following the advice provided will go some considerable way to help preventing a cyber attack on your business.

Are you aware of the changes to Data Protection? The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are came into effect in May 2018. Read the latest GDPR guidance.

At risk of flooding? Are you signed up to the Environment Agency (EA) flood warnings? Flood Resilient Business can help you become more flood resilient and recovery from flood events. Would your business stay afloat? (PDF) is a useful guide on how to make sure your business doesn't 'sink' after a major, unexpected event.

Now that winter is approaching are you prepared for flu? The NHS flu page provides generic advice on how to recognise flu and treat it. Prevention advice is highlighted. This is really important if employers have staff who could be classified as more vulnerable to flu.

The Herefordshire Council Local Resilience Team is available to discuss business continuity matters, please contact us at

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