Royal & Sunalliance is offering its 150 “Energy” brokers a free business continuity management tool called Foresight.

It has been developed for mid-range enterprise, typically £10m to £100m turnover, and is designed to enable companies to develop a bespoke plan.

“Despite the fact that public limited companies must have a business continuity plan when they float on the Stock Exchange, for many UK businesses such a plan has, until now, generally been of low priority,” said Steve Ginn, Royal & Sunalliance's business manager for Energy.

Delivered on a CD-Rom, or via the Royal & Sunalliance Energy website, Foresight

is based upon the Ten Units of Competence laid down by the Business Continuity


Foresight users are taken through the BCM process step-by-step .

Other sections within Foresight include detailed guidance on selecting appropriate recovery strategies, selecting and training teams, writing recovery procedures, establishing vital resources, plan triggering, internal and external communication, maintenance and review arrangements, and other elements of the Business Continuity Plan.

Foresight ties in with Business Continuity Awareness Week, which aims to get companies to take the issue seriously.