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Getting Started with Business Continuity - Events
Getting started with Business Continuity, Risk and Resilience
The Continuity Forum has built a special series of education events designed to get your planning off to the right start and help you and your colleagues develop the right skills as your planning develops and matures.
Our approach is to break down the whole Business Continuity Management Cycle into manageable chunks that help ensure the lessons learned can be applied between sessions.
The format used follows industry Good Practice and enables those with little or even no knowledge of the subject to rapidly develop the skills, processes and judgement needed to develop effective Business Continuity Plans.
The sessions are built around a number of Modules that quickly and easily connect the whole of the BCM process. The Modules cover the full range of Business Continuity, Risk and Resilience topics and your development is further supported by other specialist sessions run by the Continuity Forum and its partners that may be relevant to you specific situation.

Getting Started with your BCM planning the right way 


Our modular approach is key to the whole Getting Started programme and lays the foundations needed to effectively introduce, manage and maintain your whole Business Continuity Management process easily, quickly and cost effectively.  
The initial sessions are pivotal to the whole programme and provide the base knowledge needed to make the most of the whole programme. The opening topics look at the nature of Risk and Business, how they connect with BCM and the value of contextual Judgement Decision Making. These combine to provide effective insight into the whole Risk and BCM Management Process and provides a powerful perspective that is extremely useful in later sessions. 
Through the various Module sessions the full range of topics needed to develop good, effective Business Continuity Management plans are addressed enabling those with little, or even no, knowledge to rapidly develop their organisations BCM capabilities.
Each session is pitched just right to ensure rapid progression by developing a thorough understanding of the underlying principles involved, always in a context that is easy to access and communicate to others. 
Numerous Workshop and Case studies examples are used  in the session providing a platform for shared learning, making the sessions engaging, easy to access and apply, even fun! 
Help is at hand throughout and network and breakout sessions enable further discussion of key issues building your confidence and planning capabilities quickly. The sessions cover the following general topics across four module sessions.
  • Business Continuity, Risk Management and your business - how it fits together 
  • Project Initiation - setting out the process
  • Defining your organisations Risk and Continuity strategies - key factors
  • The key stakeholders and their roles 
  • Judgement Decision Making and its importance to Risk and Business Continuity
  • Maintaining the focus and 'engagement'
  • Promoting the principles and getting 'buy in' across the organisation 
  • Levering the value and creative solutions 
  • Plan development components and timelines 
  • Testing the concepts - keeping an open mind 
  • Working with partners (customers and suppliers) 
  • The importance of 'Managing the Supply Chain'  
  • Security and Protecting the organisations from special risks
  • ICT dependencies and IT Recovery 
  • Cyber Security
  • Crisis and Incident Management
  • Human Aspects of Business Continuity and Incident Management
  • Communicating in a Crisis - working with stakeholders,  Press and other Media 
  • Testing and rehearsing the Business Continuity Management Plans
  • Review, Audit and Plan Maintenance
  • Standards - how are they relevant and the preparation needed 

Sessions and module formats can be adapted to fit organisations or partners specific circumstances or needs. 

The course materials include presentations and resources for you to use in your own organisation to rapidly transfer the skills you have gained to your organisation.
In addition, the Continuity Forum provides a post-event helpline and email support to answer any questions you may have or help provide additional advice. We can also even arrange special Webcasts just for your organisation (and its partners) to further support and extend the development of your planning.      
In addition to establishing the core principles of BCM, the unique Continuity Forum approach encourages you to continually extend and develop your skills to the just the right level for your business by also providing access to the full range of professional sessions, delivered by the Continuity Forum and our partners across the country and internationally.
For more information on our publicly available Getting Started with BCM events check the events listing page or contact us directly here. If you would like to discuss how you can use the  'Getting Started with BCM Modules Programme as In-House training orwith your community as public sessions please contact Sara McKenna directly.