Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is an annual and internationally recognised event. The BCAW campaign was designed by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) to help organisations across the globe to raise internal awareness of the importance of Business Continuity, its basic and essential best practices, and how to embed it within the organisational culture.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shed a light (once again) on how important it is for businesses, of any size and in any sector, to have Business Continuity (BC) plans in place. Research has shown that organisations with BC measures in place were able to respond to the pandemic much more effectively than those without.
As such the Risk & Resilience Team are embracing BCAW in the calendar this year and would like to invite all staff to engage too. Check out this dedicated BCAW page to explore the following:
- The refreshed internal BC webpage
- BC Awareness Sessions where staff can talk about BC with the Risk & Resilience Team
- Glowing testimonials from staff who have worked with the team
- Insightful guides and information from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
UoW Business Continuity Webpage
The internal BC webpage outlines what BC is, why it's important, how we embed BC planning into our work here at UoW, and how your team/department can get involved. Its recently had a refresh. Why not check it out using this link: UoW BC Webpage
Business Continuity Awareness Sessions
When are the sessions and how do I book on?
|Tuesday 18th May||Between 9am - 4pm||Kimberly Jebson-Hambly (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Thursday 20th May||Between 9am - 4pm||Chris Griffin (email@example.com)|
Sessions will be running on the 18th and 20th May. We ask that you please get in touch with the relevant contact (detailed above) no later than Monday 17th May to book either a 15 minute or 30 minute slot.
What is the purpose of these sessions?
An opportunity for you to talk 'all things BC' with members of the Risk & Resilience Team. No question is too big or too small to have a discussion about and there are no such thing as silly questions. Whether you have a quick query about your teams' existing BC plan, wish to arrange a BC exercise for your area, or even just want to know how to start on the BC planning journey, we would love to speak to you.
Who are the sessions for?
The sessions are open to all staff regardless of grade/position and regardless of area of work.
Dr Ian Hancox - Research Technology Engagement Manager, Research Technology Platforms
In addition to support with standard business continuity planning documents, the Risk and Resilience Team have played an instrumental role in helping the RTP begin the journey in ensuring not only are we aware of our business continuity needs, but also key stakeholders from across the University. This will ensure these are met in a worst case scenario and any areas of key concern are flagged to those that can help. Chris and Kim have made the process seamless, they have attended meetings to explain the process and listen to our needs before identifying the key contacts across campus, then subsequently organising and facilitating a working group to ensure everyone is aware of potential gaps and issues, responsibilities and next steps can be planned. We all know once the right people are in contact it makes work much easier, and the team has done a fantastic job of enabling this. The Risk and Resilience team are also key as a neutral party that have everyone’s common aim of ensuring business continuity needs, whilst also having the knowledge and insight of what best practice is available to tap into across campus.
I would strongly recommend getting support from the Risk and Resilience team to help alleviate the burden of identifying who is responsible for which areas across campus, to bring together people to a common goal and supporting the identification of potential issues before it could potentially be too late.
Emma Durrant - Operations and Compliance Manager, Warwick Employment Group
We first engaged with the Risk & Resilience team towards the end of 2019 when they offered to run a table top exercise to test the effectiveness of WEG’s Business Continuity plans. The team facilitated the exercise for us in January 2020, asking us in an informal setting to consider our plans against two scenarios they provided. This test proved to be extremely useful and as a result we were able to identify gaps in our Business Continuity plans, assign responsibilities where they hadn’t been clear, update our processes, and formalise our communication plans. They have continued to support us since this exercise, providing advice and feedback on any updates we have made to our plans, and carrying out another verbal scenario based test this year. The team have been a pleasure to work with, they are supportive and informative and their timely review and test of our plans, just before the pandemic hit, meant that our transition to home working was a simple process for all staff involved. I would highly recommend this process and its value was proven during the Covid pandemic.
Wendy Roberts - Director of Staff and Student Accommodation, Estates
I really appreciated the help and support from the Risk and Resilience Team in reviewing our business continuity plans. The questions from the team helped to improve the plan and ensured we had covered all the essential areas. The final plan is robust and well thought through as a result of the support we received.
Information from the BCI
Click here to find out about the basics of BC: Introduction to Business Continuity | The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) | BCI (thebci.org)
Click here to explore some interesting reading about how Covid-19 has impacted and shaped the world of resilience: Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Updates | BCI (thebci.org)