What Is It?

Previously known as the Suffolk Business Continuity Forum, this new collaboration seeks to promote greater resilience in local businesses and organisations.  This will be achieved by developing awareness and capabilities in the fields of risk, business continuity, disaster recovery, and cyber security. 

This (Not For Profit) Forum remains a venue to learn and develop ideas about resilience without the pressure of the sales pitch. 

Key players in developing this Forum are:

Sasha Lawrence – Forum Coordinator (& Disaster Recovery Manager, Corbel)

Phil Dibbin – Willis Towers Watson (Director Business Continuity GB & WE)

Alan Pawsey – previously co-ordinator of the Suffolk Business Continuity Forum

Rick Thornton – Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit

‘Many businesses fail as a result of various types of major emergency – storm, flood, fire, terrorism, product contamination or pressure group activity. Experience shows that those businesses which have considered potential hazards and prepared response plans, which often need be no more than a few pages in length, have a much greater chance of surviving than those who are unprepared.’ – Cabinet Office, 2003, p. 13

Therefore, understanding how much downtime your organisation can take before revenue and jobs are lost, and additionally how much tolerance your organisation has for data loss in this more compliance led landscape, is critical. The ability to respond and recover quickly from an unexpected incident is a measure of ‘resilience’, and is an important aspect of building safer and stronger communities.

A clear Business Continuity Plan (BCP) will help you to avoid business failure. In order to have a successful BCP, strong leadership, defined roles and responsibilities, cross-departmental collaboration, capabilities and resource is required all supported by the executive.

The ECBF is therefore not just aimed at Business Continuity Managers, but also Heads of HR, Operations, Facilities, IT, Compliance & Risk, Data Protection and Data Privacy Experts, and of course The Executive.

Our aim is to support organisations in the region to prepare so they can cope with incidents and return to ‘business as usual’ as quickly as possible.

Why is it relevant to me?

The Forum of Private Business quoted a reported ‘one in five companies suffer a major disruption every five years and 92% of those affected by fire or flood never recover’ (Facilities Management Journal, 2014). The speed and effectiveness of recovery will determine survival.

A serious incident such as fire or flood can take between 3 months and 2 years to return to ‘business as usual. Sadly, the cut and thrust of normal business operations means that capabilities around Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery are often relegated to the eternal 'to do' list', so when that event happens the business isn’t prepared and either faces significant losses or closure. Not least, a fragile and often taken for granted supply chain can mean your business has nothing to sell or manufacture.

In the UK today, we are faced with more extreme weather events, an ever-increasing number of cyber-attacks and growing pressure on our transport networks as old infrastructure is supporting an ever-increasing demand. These, alongside the impact caused by varying social, economic and environmental hazards consistently place our businesses at risk.

By joining the Eastern Business Continuity Forum, you will be supported with expert advice and guidance to develop your own business continuity arrangements, by discussing real life and fictional scenarios. This will not just consist of PowerPoint presentations, but the workshops will be engaging and real life with battle /real life scenarios.

Many disruptions to business are avoidable and developing a business continuity capability can help you to:

  • Reduce of the likelihood of disruption in the first place
  • Shorten the period of disruption
  • Limit the impact upon your business
  • Gain positive leverage in the market place – because you are reliable
  • Experience less day-to-day routine failures
  • Enhance your strategic and operational decision making
  • Develop your people – they will know what to do when things go wrong

Critical questions to ask yourself:

  • On the current state of planning, how long will it take for my organisation to resume critical activities following a disruption?
  • If that’s too long, what do we have to do to make it better & how much will that cost?
  • Do I have the right people, ready and capable of making this happen?

If you are unsure about your answer to any of these questions – Join the Eastern Business Continuity Forum

What's involved?

Join forces with other business leaders in Suffolk and the borders of, for an annual cost of £25 (to cover some costs) sign up to become a member of the Eastern Business Continuity Forum.

Membership provides:
  • Information on how to develop your own business continuity arrangements
  • Opportunity to share and learn from other local businesses through continual information networking and exchange
  • Access to podcasts, webinars, seminars and workshops led by leading experts with up to date and relevant subject matter
  • Topic led discussions on Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Access to the Annual Business Continuity Event
  • Access to Free Tools
  • Real time Cyber Security threat intelligence 
  • Shared expertise amongst members, guest speakers, and bloggers 

Register Today

Enter your details below to join the EBCF today and one of the team will be in contact to discuss your business needs:

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What Will We Cover

Continuity Management
Emergency Planning
Road Incidents
Energy Loss
Cyber Attack Mitigation
Risk Assessments
Incident Response
Political/Economic Unrest
Contingency Planning & Testing
Executive & Staff Awareness Training