Scottish Borders Council leads the way in business continuity

By Kathryn Wylie

The Standard awarded to council this month
The Standard awarded to council this month

A local council is the first in the UK to achieve the new British Standard of business continuity management, this month.
Scottish Borders Council is the only local authority to achieve this after proving that it has robust plans in place to continue its essential operations in the event of any eventuality from a minor incident to a major disaster.

Alan Bowman, Head of Financial Administration at SBC, said: “It’s a real accolade for the Council to be the first in the UK to reach this Standard. Most importantly, it gives local people the assurance that Scottish Borders Council complies with business continuity management best practice – giving us the best chance of continuing to run our services effectively in the face of disruption.”

The Standard (BS 25999) is awarded by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is developed by a broad-based group of experts representing a cross-section of industry sectors and the government.

Convener Alasdair Hutton, Chairman of the Audit Committee for Risk Management said: “It is a shining testament to the hard work of the Team that Scottish Borders Council is the first council in the UK to gain this Standard. We provide essential services to people throughout the Borders so it’s essential that we have these plans in place to ensure that we have a tried and tested method of continuing to operate no matter what the outside world throws at us.”

Julian Thrussell, Product Marketing Manager for Business Continuity at BSI Management Systems, said: “Any organisation that can demonstrate an effective business continuity plan will have a competitive advantage over others, as well as the assurance of a continued operation in times of unexpected disruption”

She added: “The Standard is a framework for resilience and business success. The professionalism shown by Scottish Borders Council in protecting their customers and their business does them credit, and proves they are able to prevent incidents and respond appropriately when necessary.”