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BSI - Proud sponsor of CMI's Business Continuity Management (BCM) Survey 2012

Now available to download



BSI is sponsoring the UK’s most widely used report on business continuity for the second year running. Now available to download, the CMI annual survey gives valuable insight into attitudes towards business continuity year on year.

The 2012 report shows encouraging signs overall with an increase in the number of firms with business continuity plans in place – the second year we’ve seen a rise. 

“Over the past few years, Britain’s businesses have experienced many unexpected incidents and I am sure 2012 will be no exception.  So it is very positive news that more and more organizations are addressing the issue of business continuity, with many using BS 25999 as their framework. There remains however an alarming percentage which still have no contingency plans in place.  The reality is that Business Continuity Management is not a complicated science but a critical part of best practice management and business excellence.” Shirley Bailey-Wood, Director of Publishing,

The report sheds light on what can interrupt your business and the growing number of firms that were affected by these in the last 12 months. You can find out how they dealt with disruption and the lessons they learnt in the full report

Key highlights

BCM adoption on the rise
Over the past two years BCM has continued to rise with 61% of managers reporting that their organization has plans in place – up from 58% in 2011 and 49% in 2010.

Less disruption and value for money
In the last 12 months, 81% of managers working for businesses with BCM plans agree that it successfully reduced disruption and was worth the development cost.

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Reasons for BCM
Corporate governance remains the biggest external driver of BCM with 42% of managers saying it was a catalyst for their organisation to put plans into place. This is closely followed by customer demand (37%) and legislation (33%). Finally, BS 25999 remains the most popular way to assess BCM against legislation and regulation.

BCM for SMEs
This year’s report shows encouraging signs across micro and medium sized businesses with a high percentage of SMEs in the private sector where 41% have a business continuity plan in place (up from 35% in last year’s survey). BSI has created various business continuity standards, including those specifically designed for SMEs.

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BCM Awareness
When it comes to awareness, 81% of managers say they are fairly or very familiar with their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) but 39% admit they would need to check their role and responsibilities in the event of a disruption.

Find out how prepared you are with our self-assessment tool.

Exercising BCM
A total of 47% of managers working in organizations with BCM say they have exercised their BCP in the last year but 17% say their BCP has never been put into action.

Be confident using your BCP with our range of courses covering all aspects of business continuity.

Disruptive events of 2011
Almost four in ten managers report that the BlackBerry outage in 2011 caused some disruption while 55% said their organization was affected by public sector strikes. The riots last summer caused disturbance for 26% of managers and may also have had an emotional impact on employees.

Read more about how business continuity impacts people.

Poor weather conditions
Disruptive weather was reported as causing business interruption in the past year for 49% of managers – making it the most common cause of disruption for the third year running. However, one in ten admits they are still not well prepared for snow.

Preparing for the Olympics
A quarter of managers say their organization allows staff to work flexible hours and 17% allow them to work remotely. Over half of managers say their organization does not anticipate disruption as a result of the Olympic Games but this varies greatly depending on region, falling to just 24% of managers in London.

Download a free copy of the full report here.

How can BSI help you?

BSI developed the first BCM standard with Business Continuity Management BS 25999 and provides solutions to help organizations of all sizes implement, assess and certify their BCMS through standards, guidance, training and certification.

BS 25999 goes beyond formalized business continuity planning, helping you to establish an effective Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). This proven approach leads to continual improvement and empowers organizations to proactively improve their resilience to disruption.

BS 25999 also helps you understand, develop and implement BCM within an organization. In the coming months, two new International Standards in business continuity (ISO 22301 and ISO 22313) will boost international best practice in business continuity.

BS ISO 22301 specifies the latest requirements for setting up and managing an effective Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) for any type or size of organization.

To receive a free email alert when BS ISO 22301 is published, please register your interest now!

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Related links

CMI Report 2011


Business Continuity Management Survey 2011

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