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Two out of three UK businesses with turnover between £1m and £20m say it would take them 48 hours or longer to get their business back on its feet, according to a survey by IP communications supplier Mitel.

Retailers in particular are poorly prepared – 64% say it would take them 48 hours to recover and 28% say it could take a week to resume business.

The London bombings and explosion at Buncefield have “sent a shockwave through UK businesses”, according to Graham Bevington, UK managing director at Mitel, but it’s still not enough to galvanise smaller firms into action.

“Although business continuity has become a higher priority, it’s clear that the vast proportion of UK firms are ill-prepared to maintain operations if employees are unable to get to work,” says Bevington.

Larger companies, with at least £20m turnover, are better prepared. Two-thirds of this group say they could be up and running within 24 hours.

Typically, senior managers say they would simply give staff the day off if the workplace became inaccessible, and rely on mobile phones to keep in contact.


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