Business Recovery Planning

What is Business Continuity Planning?

In today’s fast-paced business environment, disruptions can occur unexpectedly, ranging from natural disasters to cyber-attacks. These disruptions can significantly impact a company’s operations, potentially leading to financial losses, damage to reputation, and even business failure. This is where Business Continuity Planning (BCP) comes into play. BCP is a proactive approach that helps businesses prepare for and recover from such disruptions, ensuring they can continue their critical operations with minimal impact.

Wellis Technology specialises is helping small businesses to create their own BCP.

Definition and Importance of Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning involves developing a system of prevention and recovery procedures to deal with potential threats to a company. The primary goal of BCP is to protect personnel and assets and ensure they can function quickly in the event of a disaster. By having a well-structured plan, businesses can minimize downtime and maintain essential functions, which is crucial for sustaining operations and protecting the company’s reputation.

Key Components of Business Continuity Planning

  1. Risk Assessment
  • Identifying potential threats and vulnerabilities that could disrupt business operations.
  • Evaluating the likelihood and impact of various types of disruptions, from natural disasters to cyber-attacks.
  1. Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  • Determining the effects of an interruption to critical business operations.
  • Identifying essential functions and processes, and understanding the impact of their disruption on the business.
  1. Strategy Development
  • Creating strategies to mitigate identified risks and ensure quick recovery.
  • Developing solutions for maintaining and restoring business operations.
  1. Plan Development
  • Documenting the business continuity plan with detailed procedures and protocols.
  • Including emergency response, crisis management, and communication plans.
  1. Testing and Maintenance
  • Regularly testing the plan through drills and simulations to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Continuously updating the plan to address new risks and changes in business operations.

Benefits of Business Continuity Planning

  • Minimizes Downtime: A well-prepared BCP ensures that critical business functions can continue or be quickly restored after a disruption.
  • Protects Company Reputation: Being able to maintain operations during a crisis protects the company’s reputation and builds trust with customers and stakeholders.
  • Ensures Compliance with Regulations: Many industries have regulatory requirements for business continuity planning. A robust BCP helps ensure compliance with these regulations.

Why Business Continuity Planning is Essential

The absence of a business continuity plan can lead to severe consequences. Businesses without a BCP are at a higher risk of prolonged downtime, significant financial losses, and damage to their reputation. For example, according to a report by the Business Continuity Institute, businesses in the United Kingdom lose millions of pounds every day due to disruptions that could have been mitigated with a proper BCP.

Real-Life Examples

  • Natural Disasters: When natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes occur, businesses with a BCP can quickly implement evacuation procedures, protect critical assets, and resume operations in alternative locations.
  • Cyber Attacks: In the event of a cyber-attack, a BCP ensures that data is backed up and can be restored, minimizing data loss and downtime.
  • Pandemics: The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of BCP as businesses had to quickly adapt to remote working and ensure the continuity of operations despite widespread disruptions.

Some examples of problems in the real world that over the years we have worked with.

  • Chief Executive, falling seriously ill, hospitalised and in recuperation for nearly a year.
  • Senior personnel, became ill and never returned.
  • Telecoms cables chopped in half by contarctor, over a week with no internet access to office.
  • Total power failure, all computers down, unable to work.
  • IT equipment failure, one case, no backups, second case, unknown backups, third case, backup system offsite but 2 foot of snow outside.
  • Spam attack, bank accounts hacked and locked out of PC.

As you can see, not all of these issues are equipment related, many are key personnel issues.

A simplistic scenario is, a small Scaffolding company, the boss with 1 or 2 small teams of workers. They may only have a few jobs a week, putting up scaffolding, then say a week or so later breaking it down again. The boss is taking the jobs, planning the next few weeks work, taking the deposits etc. If something happens to them, who knows where the workbook is, where the key to the safe is, who has access to the bank accounts, website details, social media etc.


Business Continuity Planning is not just about disaster recovery; it’s about building resilience and ensuring the longevity of your business. By proactively planning for potential disruptions, businesses can safeguard their operations, protect their assets, and maintain their reputation even in the face of unexpected challenges. Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, investing in a robust BCP is crucial for sustaining operations and achieving long-term success.

At Wellis Technology we believe you have a choice to have or not have a plan. If you do not have a plan, then if/when something goes wrong, do not blame others or expect to be bailed out. The Covid-19 pandemic was a good example of this, many organisations took action on the hoof, and this in some cases looked rash and even catastrophic. Other organisations had an overall plan, that could be implemented and modified easily. Thankfully the Government did provide some support, but they did not have too. It is your business, take actions today to protect it, give us a call.