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1 in 5 businesses are affected by serious disruptions every year – 80% don’t survive more than 18 months
73% SMEs say they have no Business Continuity Plan


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UCL's 6th annual IRDR conference 2016 Prof David Alexander (UCL IRDR), Hamish Cameron (London Resilience), Mark Leigh (epc), Tony Thompson (EPS)



These are stark numbers.

Sadly, they holds true even outside of flooding that continues to affect large areas of the UK.

Emergencies and disasters can strike anytime, often with little or no warning. Disruptions to business can be linked to severe weather and climate change, e.g. storms and floods, or any number of other causes such as fire, sabotage, theft, terrorism, or simply because of human error.

For business, the consequences can be devastating, resulting in damage, lost customers, lost revenue and profits, even total collapse. It is therefore crucial that businesses, large and small, not only plan in advance but also take action to be better prepared.

Business Continuity and Business Contingency Planning are complex topics and so we have put together valuable business reference links on our Ready-for-Emergencies resources directory page in the hope that they will prove useful to you. Business Continuity has tended to focus on IT security and communications management but thankfully is now expanding to include topics such as situational awareness, facilities and capacities building across a much wider ‘risk landscape’.

Plans are important. However, as experts recently discussed “the value is in the planning, not in the plans". By necessity ‘planning’ must extend to include practical tools and those must be in place BEFORE an actual crisis precisely so that it can be dealt with in the best possible way.  

That is why we call it Business Preparedness and at its simplest it has 3Ps: plan – prepare – practise (for more on that, see resilience blog). In essence, this approach is not so different from the Business Continuity lifecycle illustrated above, only simpler and thus perhaps more elegant and accessible.

What exactly ‘Business Preparedness’ means to an individual business is for them (you) to decide. Each business, your business, is unique and  needs to carefully evaluate its own needs to survive, bounce back and thrive from a crisis, emergency or disaster. 

So, after evaluating and making a plan, your Business also needs to actively prepare. Having the right emergency supplies in the right place is key.

Equipping your Business to be ready to face a major incident, crisis or disaster does not need to be difficult. We can help to make it hassle free and relatively straight forward.

EVAQ8.co.uk is the UK’s Emergency Preparedness specialist and we have assisted thousands of Businesses in the UK and abroad for many years to find the right practical solutions for their Business Continuity and Business Contingency planning (about us). 

If you would like to build your own Business Kit from scratch simply start with our business resource hub Business Preparedness.

If you want to save time (and money) then look at Workplace Emergency Kits and CustomMade Kits.


Business Preparedness is easy:
get a kit, make a plan, be informed



For the full range of EVAQ8 Business Emergency Kits see our navigation category Workplace Kits and Custom Made

evaQ8.co.uk - Contingency Kit For Up To 20 Persons
Contigency Kit 20 Persons
evaQ8.co.uk - Business Contingency Kit For Up To 40 Persons
Contingency Kit 40 Persons
evaQ8.co.uk - Business Site Evacuation Kit 100 Persons
Site Evacuation Kit 100 Persons
evaQ8.co.uk - Business Continuity Emergency Pack
Business Contiuity Kit
evaQ8.co.uk - Business Emergency Grab Bag - Business Go Bag
Business Grab Bag

LondonPrepared storify+resources for SME's Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016

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