If you have been inspired to consider developing a continuity plan for your business, start immediately. Write yourself a realistic action plan based on the five steps we have outlined. Be realistic about timescales and get colleagues involved. Get the support of senior managers, directors, shareholders and staff as only a team effort will succeed. If you don't have a business continuity plan, you may be at risk of losing work to competitors, being exposed to failures in your supply chain, suffering loss of reputation and higher insurance premiums. Business continuity affects everyone: customers, staff, the community and ultimately the economy. Be prepared, and have a business continuity plan.