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Business Continuity

Business Continuity
Simon King
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In this article you’ll learn

  • What Business Continuity is
  • How the Council can help your business
  • Who to contact for further advice

An incident large or small, natural, accidental or deliberate, can cause major disruption to your business. This may cause loss of income, customers, reputation, legal or regulatory penalties or even complete loss of your business.

Business continuity is a planning process that’s aim is to manage the risks and ensure continuity as much as possible in the event of disruption to your business. Effective business continuity may also help in securing business insurance.

How Councils can help your business

Local Authorities have a statutory duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to provide free advice and assistance with regards to business continuity for small and medium enterprises and voluntary organisations. Using their advisors to be better informed and better prepared to deal with emergencies has a wide range of benefits and is good business practice.

What do they offer?

  • Advice and support in planning, developing and documenting systems to maintain business continuity
  • Help to identify the critical activities and resources needed to continue business
  • Help to assess the internal and external risks to these activities
  • Help to identify and prioritise services necessary to recover from disruption, set objectives for recovery time and determine the resources needed to achieve your objectives
  • Signpost you to relevant information/tool-kits available

North Yorkshire County Council (if you are in any of the following North Yorkshire Districts)

Craven DC, Hambleton DC, Richmondshire DC, Ryedale DC, Selby DC:

phone: 01609 532246 email:

City of York Council

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

phone: 01904 551039 email:

Harrogate Borough Council

Emergency Planning Unit, Harrogate Borough Council, Council Offices, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate, HG1 2SG

phone: 01423 556014 / 556018
emergency out of hours phone: 01423 556 300

Scarborough Borough Council

phone: 01723 232323

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

phone: 01482 393939 email:

Further Information

Business Continuity Management Tool-kit -

Regulations eBook CTA


In this article, we've looked at what Business Continuity is and how it can help your business and how the Council can give you further support.