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Business Continuity - Advice

Our emergency planning service provides advice and assistance on business continuity to small businesses. We are available to discuss any issues you may have, and to provide you with guidance and documentation to help you improve your resilience to business interruption.

Businesses affected by a major incident either never reopen or close within two years.  Whether your business survives and recovers in the event of a major incident, depends on how effectively you can devise and put into action, your own business continuity management to enable you to return to ‘business as usual’. 

Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is the first step in the emergency and Business Continuity planning process. It ensures responding organisations make plans that are sound and proportionate to the risks that exist within the West Midlands.  We have a duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 as a category one responder, to assess the risk of an emergency within or affecting the geographical area for which it has responsibility.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has undertaken an analysis of the risks within its geographical boundaries taking into account national and regional risk assessments.  There have been discussed with the other Category 1 responders locally.

Risk assessment is not a static process and is subject to constant review as local and national circumstances dictate. This information will therefore be updated as and when it is practical and sensible to do so.

Brexit - Business advice for small and medium sized enterprises (SME's)

Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG)

BERG is an initiative of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay. BERG's objectives are to ensure all businesses are prepared for and resilient to disasters to ensure their recovery and continuation.  BERG provides a number of resources to support business resilience:

Business in the Community

The Business in the Community (a BERG campaign) website provides useful information, resources and impact stories that is updated regularly, in particular with cyber-security related products and services guidance.

Business in the Community


Would You Be Ready? - Readiness Test

The Readiness Test helps small to medium business owners prepare for and respond to business disruptions caused by local or wide-area emergencies.

Readiness Test

Fuel Disruption Planning

Including advice for business on how to deal with fuel shortages, measures to reduce petrol consumption by drivers, and a fuel supply checklist. Fuel Disruption Planning.

Additional advice for SMEs

  • For information on accessing local advice and support please contact the Disaster Management team via Dudley Council Plus or Email:

  • Information and advice is also available through the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Please contact Karen Woolley, Development Manager Staffordshire & West Midlands.

    Telephone: 01332 517176 (office), 07917 628923 (mobile)