City stepping up to plate on planning for business crises

editorial image

MILTON Keynes is leading the nation when it comes to planning for emergencies in business.

The government is set to use the example of the Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum (MKBFR) as a case study when new guidance is issued next year.

And the MKBRF has already been instrumental in putting its views forward for the development of a new standard of business resilience being developed by the new city-based BSI.

Tony Cuttress, who chairs the MKBRF, said; “In a short space of time we have been able to influence people that matter.”

Mr Cuttress told a meeting of City Breakfast Club at Doubletree by Hilton that businesses from all over the country are interested in the work of the MKBRF.

There are some 300 member organisations of MKBRF, including from places as far afield as Reading, Lincolm and Hull.

And the group’s LinkedIn page has been joined by people from India, Brazil and Serbia, Mr Cuttress told an audience of more than 100 business leaders.

The basic idea of so-called business resilience is to have a plan that works in different types of emergencies.

That could be what to do if the police cordon off the road to investigate a crime or what happens if internet access goes down.

Mr Cuttress urged businesses not to assume that the worst won’t happen.

The MKBRF holds regular free of charge exercises, supported by Milton Keynes Council, which got the organisation up and running in the first place.

These exercises, that have been backed by companies like Santander and Mitie, include planning for pandemic flu and what to do if freezing weather returns this winter. MKBRF also provides mentoring services.

Mr Cuttress said: “There are many benefits, including protecting your brand and reputation.”

And he added: “Get involved, it’s your business.”

City Breakfast Club chairman Paul Davis of Keens Shay Keens, told the group that he’d seen businesses suffer because they didn’t have plans. And as an auditing company, he added that auditors would want to check businesses had plans in place.