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Despite the current success your business may be enjoying, disasters can happen at any time to any organisation big or small. Would your business survive?

This section provides advice for businesses on preparing themselves to deal with unforeseen emergencies and disruption.

The risks:

Business operations can be threatened in many ways, but it’s the impact that causes the damage. Consider the effect of losing:

  • Staff.
  • Premises.
  • Key systems.
  • Records and data.

Potential impacts:

  • Loss of customers.
  • Loss of contracts.
  • Loss of good reputation.
  • Closure.

What you can do:

  • Make sure your staff know what to do in an emergency.
  • Identify a different location or site to work from.
  • Insure your business.
  • Back up systems and data.
  • Develop a Business Continuity Plan.

Brexit

Prepare your business or organisation for Brexit

The UK is leaving the EU. Leaving the EU means your business or organisation may need to prepare for change. Use the information below to find out how to prepare and the steps you may need to take.

Business continuity

A carefully thought-out business continuity plan will make coping in a crisis easier and enable you to minimise disruption to the business and its customers. It will also prove to customers, insurers and investors that your business is robust enough to cope with anything that might happen.

Fuel disruption

Fuel is the life blood of our economy, over the last few years disputes in the fuel industry and higher prices have caused disruption to supplies. Below are some initial questions that you may wish to run through your Business Continuity Plans when considering the impact of a disruption in the fuel supply.

Getting to work:

  • Would all of your staff actually need to come to work during a period of disruption? For example, could some staff work effectively from home or from another site/office that is closer to home?
  • Could your staff make more efficient use of their private vehicles by car sharing with colleagues?
  • Could your staff make greater use of public transport to get to work?

At work:

  • Which of your business functions are critical and must continue during any period of disruption?
  • Of these, which critical functions must have vehicles in order to deliver them?
  • Which of your business functions are less critical such that they could be scaled back or even suspended during a period of disruption?
  • Of these, which functions normally depend on vehicles in order to deliver them – i.e. could your business reduce its overall demand for fuel during a period of disruption?
  • Could you multi-task your vehicles in order to make maximum use of their delivery capacity?
  • Could you make greater use of the vehicles in your fleet that have lower fuel consumption?

 

  • For information on accessing local advice and support please contact the Disaster Management team via Dudley Council Plus or Email: disaster.mgt@dudley.gov.uk

  • 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)
    Email: Karen.Woolley@fsb.org.uk

  • The Black Country Chamber of Commerce helps firms of all sizes across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to achieve more.

    Contact them at: Creative Industries Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG

    Telephone: 0330 024 0820

    Emai: europedirect@blackcountrychamber.co.uk

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