Business continuity planning to get you through challenging times

Business continuity plans are about being prepared for disruptions such as the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters, so you can keep your business going or quickly get back on your feet. Check out our resources and guides to understand business continuity planning and why it's important for business resilience.

What is a business continuity plan?

A business continuity plan (BCP) is a comprehensive plan with contingencies for business processes, assets, human resources, and business partners in case of an emergency. 

It helps businesses to:

  • understand what’s most important to continue during disruption

  • identify resources needed to keep key functions and services running
  • define steps that can be taken to re-establish productivity, secure key assets, and continue operations despite the disruptions

  • prepare to recover as quickly and easily as possible

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What does a business continuity plan cover?

A business continuity plan is about being ready for anything unusual or unexpected that has the potential to disrupt your business operations.  Disruptions can be internal events such as equipment failure, or external events like COVID-19 or an earthquake. A continuity plan covers any risks or threats that could disrupt your most important business activities.

Read more on how to establish an efficient business continuity plan


Why are business continuity plans important?

Many small businesses could struggle to keep going or reopen after a disaster such as the economy coming to a sudden halt. Business continuity planning improves resilience and the likelihood your business will survive.

There are a tonne of benefits to business continuity management. It may:

  • reduce the financial impact of the event or disaster

  • make sure staff receive adequate support and communication

  • ensure stakeholder requirements are understood and delivered on

  • help your business fulfil its legal and regulatory obligations

  • identify and protect critical functions and services

  • pinpoint services you depend on, such as third-party suppliers, and identify alternatives

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Explore resources to help your business recover in these challenging times

Keeping track of your cash flow

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Protecting business relationships in turbulent times

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Surviving a financial crisis in your business

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Looking after yourself and your team

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Business continuity guides and templates

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Accessing government support and assistance

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Xero business continuity hub

Visit Xero Central for more tools to help your business get through unforeseen disruptions. Register for upcoming webinars, find business and mental health resources, and connect with the Xero community to share your experiences. 

We'll continue to add useful resources and information, so keep checking in.

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