Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW)

National campaign

Monday, March 17, 12:00 AM - Friday, March 21, 2014 (12:00 AM)

This year Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Business Continuity Awareness Week (17th to 21st March 2014), which aims to raise the awareness of business continuity.

The theme for the week is ‘Counting the Cost’ and this theme is designed to demonstrate the potential cost of not having an effective business continuity management system in place.

What would happen if your business suffered a fire or other emergency?

Almost 1 in 5 businesses suffer some sort of disruption every year, be it fire, flood or other emergency. 80% of those businesses either never recover at all or fail completely within 18 months.

You need to consider what you would do in order to prepare for an emergency that may disrupt your business. If you don’t, a fire or other emergency could result in:

  • Loss of reputation and/or loss of customers.

  • Financial, legal and regulatory penalties

  • Human resource issues

  • Increased insurance premiums.

Or at worst:

  • The complete failure of your business!

What is Business Continuity Management?

Business Continuity Management is a process that helps manage the risks to the smooth running of an organisation, ensuring it can continue to operate and function in the event of a disruption. It provides the strategic framework for improving the organisation's resilience to interruption.

Reducing the threat of fire to your business can begin by having a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment of your premises. This is a legal duty which should be undertaken by a Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Help on how to carry out your fire risk assessment can be found on the Business Safety section of our website.

If you do not already have a Business Continuity Plan, there is a guide available for small businesses, on the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) website - BCI web-site (new window)


Every second of every day somewhere in the world disasters are happening - man-made and natural - events that can harm people and businesses. We can't stop them occurring, but we can be prepared.

When disaster strikes, the clock is ticking; and when the clock is ticking, businesses that practice Business Continuity Management are ahead of the game!

This video explains what Business Continuity Management is and why you should be doing it:

View the video (new window)

Tweet during Business Continuity Awareness Week

Help us make #BusinessContinuity a global trend, using this years hashtag:  #CountingTheCost

You can help by:

  • Following us on Twitter @CheshireFire and retweet as many #BusinessContinuity and #CountingTheCosts tweets as possible.

  • Include @CheshierFire and #BusinessContinuity and #CountingTheCosts in all your tweets up to and during Business Continuity Awareness Week 2014 and keep using #BusinessContinuity in all your future business continuity tweets.

More about Business Continuity Awareness Week

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is an annual global event that is facilitated by the BCI and is a key vehicle in raising the awareness of the profession and demonstrating the value effective business continuity management has to organizations of all types and sizes.

BCAW provides an opportunity for newcomers to the BC discipline to experience first-hand how it can benefit their own organization and take away some practical insights and useful information that will transform the way ‘risks’ are dealt with in the future.

Equally, BCAW provides BC professionals with a free ‘education’ platform to continue their good work as ambassadors for the discipline and a wide range of tools to increase awareness; strengthen understanding and develop ownership for BC within their own or clients’ organizations.

BCAW provides access to a wide range of multi-media resources, including webinars, research reports, case studies, blogs, videos and infographics. It is a time to get involved; a time to learn and share good business practice with others. It is a time to convert and be converted; to teach and to understand. We hope that you will make the most of the opportunities this week has to offer and continue your good work as ambassadors for the BC discipline, enabling your staff and clients to develop a deeper understanding of what BC is all about.

Learn more about Business Continuity Awareness Week by visiting the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) web-site:

BCI web-site (new window)

Last updated: Monday 10 March 2014

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