Business Continuity Management for
Guidance for Organisations
This guidance is intended to assist organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors in
planning for and managing the consequences of a disruption to fuel supplies. The guidance is
generic in nature and suggests factors which should be considered when preparing Business
Continuity Plans rather than acting as a plan in itself.
Business Continuity Management
Business Continuity Management (BCM) is the process through which organisations aim to
continue the delivery of their key products and services during and following a disruption to normal
activity and to affect a recovery afterwards. Effective business continuity is the first line of defence
for any organisation to ensure they are able to maintain the delivery of their core services and, in
the long-run, to assure the survival of their operation. BCM should be embedded within the
organisation and its structure. This requires the organisation to review and maintain BCM
arrangements as well as to exercise plans on a regular basis.
The benefits of business continuity are not limited to the private sector; and as such all
organisations should consider adopting robust and flexible generic business continuity
management arrangements. Organisations should also consider a wide range of potential
disruptive challenges, not just those impinging on the supply of fuel, to ensure effective BCM.
Assistance on planning can be found at: www.preparingforemergencies.gov.uk, while information
on the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different risks, including to the supply of fuel,
can be found in the National Risk Register, the link to which is contained at the end of this
When considering the measures described in this guidance, it will be necessary to have due
regard to Health and Safety and employment legislation and other regulations applying to specific