Department for Culture Media and Sport

seminars

We run regular workshops with our public bodies to help them develop individual business continuity plans.

These workshops explore the five stages set out in the Business continuity planning guide (PDF 938kb) – a step-by-step guide to introducing and maintaining a business continuity plan.

By the end, particpants will have an individual, quality-tested business continuity plan in place to protect the business interests of your organisation.

The following information and resources are to accompany these workshops:

Workshop 1 | Workshop 2 | Workshop 3 | Workshop 4 | Workshop 5

Workshop 1

Public bodies were asked their opinion on what constituted common drivers, perceived risks and potential strategies.

Answers were as varied as they were interesting:

  • Customer expectation
  • Staying alive
  • Internal audit standards
  • Public accountability
  • Reputation / public confidence
  • PAS 56
  • Corporate Governance
  • Staff welfare
  • Continuity of business
  • Funding
  • Security and conservation of displays and exhibits
  • Public safety

Perceived risks

  • Loss of reputation
  • Loss of historical information
  • Loss of historical artefacts
  • Loss of key staff
  • Financial stability
  • Loss of business data
  • Loss of unique specimens
  • Fire, flood and terrorism
  • Loss of income
  • Government policy change
  • Departmental re-structuring
  • Timescales
  • Accommodation
  • Location / transport
  • Telephony / loss of communication
  • Failure of key supplier / contractor
  • Loss of security
  • Asbestos (older buildings)
  • Burglary
  • Infestation (pests i.e. woodworm in ancient wooden artefacts)
  • Physical attack on staff
  • Computer virus attack
  • Loss of customers

Potential strategies

  • Co-operation with another NDPB (i.e. for evacuation of exhibits)
  • Formal / mutual salvage schemes
  • Partnership with another NDPB
  • Common procedures
  • Contingency plans
  • Risk management
  • Financial planning
  • Relocation of staff during incident
  • Identity of core staff
  • Standby / deputy staff
  • Staff training / stewardship / management buy-in
  • Proportional responsibilities
  • Do nothing
  • Communications

All of these are applicable in the general theme of business continuity.

What may seem trivial to one organisation may deemed to be of the utmost importance to another. Although there may be common drivers etc., the way the organisation assesses and addresses identified risks from those drivers may vary greatly. This could be for instance due to the availability of resources.

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Workshop 2

Identifying the business recovery requirements and draft risk-reduction controls

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Workshop 3

Business continuity strategy formulation, and confirming risk reduction controls (part seven business continuity planning stage)

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Workshop 4

Business continuity plan production

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Workshop 5

Business continuity plan testing, awareness, and maintenance.

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