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BSI helps virus-hit businesses with guidance on continuity and risk

31st Mar 2020 - 06:00
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UK national standards body BSI has made a suite of risk and business continuity standards publicly available to help British businesses navigate the challenges they face as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scott Steedman, director of standards at BSI, said: “COVID-19 has heightened awareness of the importance of being prepared, business continuity and crisis management.

“BSI standards contain this expert guidance and we are putting it in the hands of those who need to apply it, ensuring that industry can access easily the guidance and expertise that will help them right now.

“We hope that sharing these standards at no cost will help SMEs and organisations across the UK weather the economic crisis that they are facing.”

He added that the standards provided organisations with access to best practice guidance and the ‘collective wisdom’ of experts on how to approach, manage and overcome some of the difficulties that thousands are facing up and down the country.

They cover security and resilience, supply chain continuity and crisis management.

BSI is also working with the Emergency Planning College (EPC) - part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat - to deliver a series of webinars to help business leaders learn from experts and implement the standards as easily as possible.

To download the standards and sign-up for the BSI webinar series visit

Written by
David Foad