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Taking Common-sense Measures

Adhering to legal requirements is, of course, a no-brainer, but knowing when to get preventative expert help can be more difficult when you’re not compelled by law to do so. Experience, sometimes bitter, can play a part, but more often than not you need to make a judgement call.

Often, some of these decisions are just like those sensible precautions that you make in everyday life to keep you going and help you avoid grinding to a halt. For example, you wouldn’t drive your own car long distances without first contacting a specialist company and getting breakdown cover, or have your car serviced by someone who isn’t an expert in that area. Your BC is very much the same, and getting experts in helps to ensure that you don’t find your business coming to a stop in rush hour.

We look at a few non-legally-required but certainly sensible areas in which to contact experts in the following sections.

Maintaining premises security

A burglary or break-in can be devastating to any business and, depending upon what’s taken or damaged, can affect your ability to maintain business as usual. Don’t fall into the trap, as many businesses do, of avoiding getting in expert security services or outside help because you think it’s too expensive and unnecessary for the size of your business. When weighed up against the potential losses that you can suffer, you should at least consider the possibility; before a disruption is upon you and it’s too late.

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