Would you be ready? How your small business can improve its business continuity

Business in the Community, The Prince's Responsible Network, is on a mission to improve risk awareness among communities. Hannah Tankard explains why it matters and how small businesses can play their part.

We all have a role to play in supporting those most vulnerable to society's biggest threats, such as climate change and cyber attacks. Businesses of all sizes could find themselves facing an existential crisis due to natural and human-made risks to their business.

Business in the Community (BITC), The Prince's Responsible Network, knows that there is strength in numbers. We bring businesses together through our membership to activate change at pace and scale.

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Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the UK economy; representing 99.9% of the private sector and providing over 60% of private-sector employment across the UK (2018, Rhodes, Business Statistics, House of Commons). The Business Emergency Resilience Group (a BITC initiative) helps small businesses to be more prepared for business disruptions such as a flood, fire or cyber attack. We believe that a responsible business is a resilient business. To respond to this need, Business in the Community has created resources for small businesses to help build your capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from business disruptions.

To test how ready you are, take the Readiness Test, which takes less than five minutes to complete. Once you’ve taken the Readiness Test, you can download a Resilience Starter Kit full of tips designed to help you become a more resilient business. You can also opt-in to our online community to be part of an ongoing conversation about resilience. To promote robust business continuity planning for a range of common UK hazards and threats, we have developed our Would You Be Ready? campaign. The premise is simple: we are asking you, as small business owners, “would you be ready?”. You only need to look at this summer in Whaley Bridge, parts of Scotland and South East England to see that extreme weather can stop businesses from trading. This can be both from direct impacts such as a flooded premises and indirect impacts such as the knock-on effects of closed roads, travel chaos and power outages. Some disruptions could put a small business out of business. As a business owner, by taking a few actions today, you can ensure the ongoing prosperity of the communities in which you operate, as well as helping to reduce your disruption costs and preserve and enhance your brand value and reputation.

If your company would like to get involved in promoting our Would You Be Ready? campaign, please email . If you are interested in finding out more about BITC please email .