Business Continuity

Emergencies – Business Continuity Advice

Local Authorities within the Highlands & Islands are responsible for the promotion of Business Continuity, Business Continuity is about having a plan in place to make sure that your business can operate in the event of an emergency and that it recovers in the shortest possible time.

Without effective planning, a natural or man-made disaster such as:

  • Floods and storms;
  • Power or other utility failure;
  • Fire or terrorist threat;
  • Computer or telecommunications failure;
  • Loss of premises or key personnel;

    ...could result in one of the following:
  • A complete failure of your business;
  • Loss of customers and/or reputation;
  • Financial, legal and regulatory penalties;
  • Human resource issues; or
  • An impact on insurance payments or premiums.

Business Continuity Planning is a process that can be applied to any business, small or large, that will help manage the risks that threaten its survival.

A “best practice toolkit” has been developed by one of our planning partners, Shetland Islands Council Emergency Planning & Resilience Service, the toolkit can be accessed by “clicking” on the link below.  By watching the video, downloading and localising the workbook and following the simple “steps” SME’s can manage the risks that could threaten their survival.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar would like to acknowledge the work carried out by Shetland Island Council Emergency Planning & Resilience Service in developing this best practice “BCM toolkit” and are grateful for their agreement in making it available to the Business Community in the Western Isles. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

If you require any further information on the benefits of Business Continuity Planning you can contact the Comhairle Risk & Emergency Planning Section, Tel No. 01851 822612.