Would you be ready?
Is your business as resilient and ready as it can be to face and recover from unexpected events such as fire, flood and civil unrest?
Small and medium-sized businesses like yours are vital contributors to the UK economy and help to bind communities together so, it's important that you are protected.
However, 43% of small businesses don't have a plan in place to help them deal with loss, crisis or disaster [BITC and Trading For Good: `Readiness Tips', p.2: https://www.tradingforgood.co.uk/would-you-be-ready/assets/pdf/Resilience.pdf] - any of which could mean the end for a company.
Fortunately, Business in the Community (BITC) and the Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) have a fantastic new campaign to help UK businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from emerging threats.
Cyber-attacks have been cited as the method behind almost half of all crime committed in the UK today [Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and National Cyber Security Centre, Press Release, 19th April 2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/almost-half-of-uk-firms-hit-by-cyber-breach-or-attack-in-the-past-year] Whatever the size of your business, you need to be aware of the risks and how you can effectively protect yourself.
Flooding can be costly, causing huge amounts of physical damage and resulting, on average, in 16 weeks of operational stoppage. [BITC and Trading For Good: `Readiness Tips', p.6 https://www.tradingforgood.co.uk/would-you-be-ready/assets/pdf/Resilience.pdf] Preparation and action are both key to minimising the effect to your business.
Your world is not always peaceful and incidents of civil unrest - such as riots, terrorism or armed attacks - should always be considered. Your staff need to be aware of how to respond to civil unrest, and you should have disruption contingency plans in place.
HSBC is proud to support Business in the Community - part of the Prince's Responsible Business Network - as it helps to build up the accountability and good practices of small business owners and their communities.
Take the Readiness Test for an honest look at how resilient your business is, and discover some quick, simple actions that that could make all the difference.
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