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Plan for disaster with free business continuity workshops

After so many businesses were impacted by 2011’s natural disasters, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Australasian Chapter will run 13 free Business Continuity for SMEs Planning Workshops around the country throughout February and March.

According to the BCI, though large-scale natural disasters create headlines, the most common causes of disruption to business are man made, with the prolonged loss of power, failure of a key supplier, or equipment breakdown the main issues.

To help SMBs tailor continuity tools used by big business, the BCI has designed 13 interactive half-day workshops, which will be delivered by a local business continuity expert and provide practical information and real-world examples on:

•          Good practice business continuity principles and methods;

•          How to apply principles and practices in your organisation; and

•          How business continuity can reduce disruption and deliver value.

BCI Australasian Chapter president Tim James said SMBs are more vulnerable to business disruptions than large organisations for many reasons.

“This is because they are often single site operations where the loss of the site means the business is closed, or they may concentrate on small markets or areas that can be wiped out by a wide-scale natural disaster,” he said.

James said the workshops will help businesses to anticipate and plan for disruptive events.

“Workshop participants will leave with practical business continuity concepts and tools that will help to build resilience in their workplace. As well as the knowledge that they don’t have to leave their fate to luck, participants will also get a year’s free Affiliate membership of the Business Continuity Institute which will give them access to extensive ongoing benefits,” he added.

The half-day workshops will be held at:

  • Townsville City Centre – 13 February
  • Perth City Centre – 14 February
  • Penrith City Centre – 14 February
  • Newcastle City Centre – 15 February
  • Adelaide City Centre – 21 February
  • Melbourne City Centre – 28 February
  • Geelong City Centre – 29 February
  • Brisbane City Centre – 5 March
  • Sydney, North Ryde – 6 March
  • Canberra City Centre – 6 March
  • Gold Coast City Centre – 12 March
  • Hobart City Centre – 13 March
  • Wodonga City Centre – 13 March

To register or for more details, click here.

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Lorna Brett

Lorna Brett

Lorna was Dynamic Business’ Social Web Editor in 2011/12. She’s a social media obsessed journalist, who has a passion for small business. Outside the 9 to 5, you’re likely to find her trawling the web for online bargains, perfecting her amateur photography skills or enjoying one too many cappucinos. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/dynamicbusiness">Twitter @DynamicBusiness</a>

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