Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. Of the 5.7 million businesses in the UK, 99.9% are small and medium sized enterprises, employing 16.1 million people which accounts for 60% of total employment1. But these same businesses are at risk of being disproportionately impacted by disruptive events such as a fire, flood or cyber-attack. Without proper preparation, any one of these events could result in business failure and potentially life-changing consequences for owners and employees.
43% of small businesses don’t have a business continuity, disaster recovery or crisis management plan in place1. The biggest barriers to being prepared are not making time and thinking it will not happen to your business. That’s why we’ve created a 10 minute plan which acts as a guide for creating your own bespoke emergency plan and provides practical steps to help prepare your business for a range of disruptive events.
In the ten minute plan you can find out more about preparing for different types of emergency, including
- Cyber attacks
- Seasonal flu and infectious diseases
- How the government prepares for emergencies
- National Risk Register
- British Red Cross
- Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications
Are you ready for winter?
As we approach winter now is the time to think about how you can support your staff to stay healthy and limit the spread of coughs and colds in the workplace. See our short guide to understand the difference between the common cold, seasonal flu and pandemic flu and what you can do to limit the impact of flu and infectious diseases on your most valuable asset - your people.
1. Rhodes, Chris. Briefing Paper - Business Statistics, Number 06152, 28 December 2017. Available from the House of Commons Library