One in five FDs have no disaster plan

In the Accountancy Age/Reed Accountancy Personnel Big Question, one finance director explained: ‘It is always good to put these things in place, but until now our company has not really seen a need to do so.’ Peter Davidson, FD at Enterprise Forwarding, commented: ‘If you had asked three weeks ago I am sure people would have been less concerned.’

Some 72% of the UK financial chiefs questioned did have a plan in place. One FD said: ‘It is there to satisfy our insurers.’

He went on to comment that disaster recovery plans are often thought of as exclusively an IT issue, while the more practical implications – like not knowing what to do with staff turning up for work at a burned out building – are forgotten.

Steve Bagot, FD at Thermal Ceramics UK, said: ‘I think it is time for these recovery plans to be tried and tested, obviously in light of the recent tragedy.’


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