The swine flu pandemic has already closed many schools and buildings across the UK. But Eclipse Internet is warning that many small businesses are still not taking the right precautions to ensure their operation can continue running and survive in the wake of unexpected events.
Gartner* predict absenteeism rates of 40 per cent or higher from the swine flu pandemic alone, but what about the threat that more tube strikes or the unpredictable British weather pose?
Many big businesses are already invoking their business continuity plans, making sure they can still operate if key staff fall ill, or if an office closes forcing employees to work from home. It’s even more essential that small businesses act now to safeguard their business.
Mark Thomas, head of Eclipse Internet business sales said: “UK businesses have become extremely reliant on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for their daily operations but what happens if we can’t get to our place of work? Every company, however small, can put plans in place to protect themselves from such risks.
“The current pandemic has highlighted one element of this threat, where movement could be restricted with many staff unable to get to work. But there are other risks – such as fire, flood or theft, so business continuity planning shouldn’t be a knee jerk reaction or only a concern for big businesses – it should form part of every business’s strategy.”
According to the National Archives and Records Administration, 80 per cent of businesses without a good backup and recovery strategy go out of business within two years of a major disaster. Many of these could have avoided closure if they had a business continuity plan in place.
In order to keep a business running in every eventuality, Eclipse have developed a checklist for businesses to use as a basis for their business continuity needs:
• Reliable broadband connection in employee homes
• Business critical data automatically backed up on secure, remote servers
• Immediate access to files, documents and emails, regardless of location
• Telephone contact between employees, clients and suppliers
Mark continues, “Our dedicated team of customer and technical support staff are on hand to give businesses advice on how to plan for the unexpected and provide a business communication service they can rely on during any unexpected situations.
”They can give advice on remote working should staff not be able to get into work, products and services which remotely manage business emails from any PC, Data Backup and secure and reliable online hosting of files and documents.”
For more information visit www.eclipse.net.uk, or call Eclipses UK based customer services team on 0845 1224 333.
* Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.
About Eclipse Internet
Eclipse Internet provides a range of internet services for businesses, including broadband, hosting, backup and hosted applications.
Eclipse is consistently recognised in independent reviews as one of the best performing ISPs in terms of speed, reliability and customer service and won Best Business Email and Best Business ISP at the 2008 ISPA awards.
Notes to Editors
For more information please contacts Anna Millar at Eclipse Internet by calling (01482) 602831 / 07872033761 or emailing email@example.com
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