ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard

Ensuring you survive the unexpected

More than any other incident, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of planning for the unexpected.

Major illnesses, equipment failures or accidental damage to your premises or manufacturing facilities will all have a detrimental impact on your ability to operate.

ISO 22301 is designed to ensure that a robust business continuity management process has been established and that all stakeholders are fully aware of their role should an incident occur.

Achieving the standard will help you identify and mitigate internal and external threats that may affect your ability to continue operating. It also includes plans that will help you respond to the threat so that your business can recover as quickly as possible.

Benefits of Business Continuity Planning include:

  • Being Prepared: Businesses that have identified and prepared have a better chance of survival and recovering more quickly
  • Business Confidence: Reassurance to customers and supply chain partners that your business will recover from a disruptive incident
  • Reputational Management: Ensuring the way you respond to a crisis avoids a detrimental impact on your brand and reputation
  • Business Recovery: Better prepared and able to recover quicker in the event of an incident
  • Credibility: Increased opportunities with customers when bidding for work because they recognise that business continuity plans are in place
  • Improved Efficiencies: Integration with existing management standards help to improve efficiency, reduce documentation and cost at external audit.

As ISO 22301 Consultants, we provide support during every aspect of the journey you will take to achieve and retain this accreditation as well as ensure you pass the external audit on an ongoing basis.  We will bring a fresh and independent view of your business and the risks it faces, offering impartial advice on how to successfully achieve the standard.

We can help you:

  • Identify risks and potential threats
  • Determine the approach to mitigate, avoid and respond to each risk
  • Create a business continuity plan outlining actions to be taken should an incident occur
  • Engage stakeholders and ensure they understand these risks, their role and know how to react appropriately
  • Deliver training
  • Be present and guide you through the external audit and future assessment visits

Our practical hands-on approach means that we will always be at your side to help and advise you as the project progresses through to successful external audit. Post audit we can support on an ongoing basis to ensure continuous improvement and successful assessment.

We have a 100% track record of helping clients achieve ISO 22031 accreditation, so if you would like to discuss how implementing management standards can help your organisation please get in touch.

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Geldards Law Firm

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Jenny Tilson, Director of Nursing and Quality

DHU Healthcare

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Business Continuity Standards ISO22301 for Geldards LLP

A case study explaining how First Quality Solutions, a division of FPA Consulting helped law firm Geldards Plc implement a business continuity plan to ISO22301 standard. We also reviewed energy and utilities contracts and assisted with procurement processes.

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DHU Healthcare

DHU Healthcare is a not for profit community interest company which provides services to the NHS front line – serving six million people across seven geographical locations in the East Midlands and beyond. By gaining internationally recognised accreditation the company was able to offer reassurance to service users.

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