ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management

By failing to plan, you are planning to fail.

Every year 1000s of UK businesses are affected by unexpected events such as a pandemic (COVID-19), loss of key personnel, supply chain issues, fires, floods, loss of power, IT system failures and restricted access to premises. These unplanned events can have disastrous effects costing time, money, loss of customers and in some cases going out of business altogether.

A management system meeting ISO 22301 (Business Continuity) uses a business impact analysis to help you identify the key functions in your business and the steps required to minimise the impact of an unexpected event through the implementation of recovery plans.

What is ISO 22301?

ISO 22301 is an international standard and it describes how to manage business continuity in an organisation to ensure continuity of products and services.

The process includes carrying out a business impact analysis to find out business continuity priorities, a risk assessment to identify what potential disruptive events can affect business operations, defining what needs to be done to prevent such events from happening, and putting actions plans in place to recover critical operations in the shortest time possible.

ISO 22301 Benefits

  • Identify risks and minimise the impacts of incidents
  • Improve recovery time
  • Maintain optimum client delivery levels
  • Comply with legal requirements
  • Score higher in tenders


ISO 22301 Certification

The ISO 22301 standard is applicable for companies of all sizes across any industry, and becoming certified is not as confusing as it first seems. The certification process consists of an initial assessment (stage 1) which determines if the mandatory requirements of the standard are being met and if the management system is capable of proceeding to the next stage. The second assessment (stage 2) determines the effectiveness of the system and seeks to confirm that the management system is implemented and operational.

How can HSEQ Smart help you?

At HSEQ Smart we will work with you, providing everything you need to implement the required standard and achieve certification (from documentation to training), guiding you through the entire process.

We offer a truly bespoke service offering as much (or as little) help as you need. This includes:

  • Gap analysis;
  • Preparation of mandatory and supporting documentation;
  • Awareness training, and;
  • Internal auditing 

We’re proud to offer our services to businesses across Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and the surrounding areas. For more information about our ISO consultancy services, please get in touch with us today.


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