Continuity Is Crucial for Construction; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE NICK COLLINS

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HERE in the UK, approaches to business continuity are becoming far more holistic. However, in the North East the association with business continuity and IT is still incredibly strong.

This may go some way to explaining why some businesses in the construction industry have not been able to reap the benefits of investing in an effective business continuity management system (BCMS).

Tender documents from the public sector increasingly ask businesses to offer evidence of a business continuity plan and statements from the coalition Government have suggested that this will only become more prominent.

The Conservatives had gone so far as to make pre-election statements indicating that businesses will need to be certified to BS 25999, the business continuity standard, in order to win Government procurement contracts.

So what are the implications for the construction industry? Many of the more bureaucratic elements of construction have been able to embrace IT continuity and business continuity wholeheartedly. Admittedly, it is possible to relocate office staff, IT and similar functions to a well-equipped workplace recovery suite; the working environment of a construction site does not afford this luxury.

This may be why some construction businesses are unsure how to approach business continuity, distracted by its close connection with IT and feeling a sense that it's not as relevant for their industry. …