Business continuity planning

Protecting your business with a standby power Strategy

Can you continue doing business if the power fails?

UPS Systems surveyed 200 senior professionals in the UK and discovered that 72% of businesses would have their operations and revenue disrupted in the event of power related issues.

Based on estimates, a single hour of downtime costs a small business an average of £800 and a large commercial organisation £8,500. These estimates are not inclusive of costs incurred by damaged IT equipment (an occasional side-effect of power cuts).

The office workplace remains at most risk of power cut induced downtime, accounting for 80% of disruptions.

Essentially, our grid power is becoming less reliable – and many businesses are not taking enough measures to protect themselves from power cuts and other sources of power failure.

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A power cut does not ‘only’ affect IT and other associated equipment but can have knock-on effects on many other areas of a business such as:

  • Missed deadlines
  • Lack of customer communication via phone or email
  • Loss of unsaved data on PCs
  • Damage to sensitive equipment
  • No access to e-commerce websites
  • Interrupted (and sometimes scrapped) production runs

Forward-thinking businesses understand the need for Business Continuity Planning. They appreciate how such a plan if properly resourced and practised, will ensure the commercial ‘lifeblood’ of their business throughout a disaster.

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Your business challenge

Imagine how a sudden and unexpected power outage at your business premises, or even to certain locations within those premises, could impact your business’s performance, reputation and security … including the integrity of data held on your systems.

A loss of power for hours, minutes or even a few seconds could create havoc for your IT servers, computer networks, telephone and security systems, manufacturing processes or other ancillary services.

And it’s not just a total power outage, a power surge (a spike) or a power dip (a brownout) can have the same devastating effect on IT systems and other sophisticated electronics.

Of course, the biggest cost is the impact this may have on your customers. Without telephones, computers and the customer and product data they hold, your customer service levels will nose dive. The commercial impact could be enormous.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see why Standby Power is a proactive and cost-effective investment.


The business drivers

  • Computer disasters often lead to business failures – 90% of all companies that experience a computer ‘disaster’ and have no survival plan, go out of business within 18 months. (Source: Price Waterhouse).
  • Increased availability of computer systems – 28% of all computer system breakdowns are caused by power failures.
  • Prevents loss of reputation – Insurance cannot provide relief from the loss of goodwill, market share and damage to a company’s reputation following a computer ‘disaster’.
  • Improved profitability – More than 33% of organisations that experience a computer ‘disaster’ lose between £7,500 and £250,000. 20% lose between £250,000 and £750,000. 15% of companies lose over £750,000.
  • Improved employee productivity – Organisations suffer an average of 6 computer failures a year. On at least one occasion it takes 4 hours to get the system up and running again, leaving employees stranded.
  • Eliminates recovery time – Over 33% of companies that suffer a computer ‘disaster’ take more than a day to recover from the disruption. 10% take more than a week.
  • Prevents long recovery cycles – Insurance claims are not normally settled until long after the ‘disaster’ has occurred.
  • Eliminates re-inputting of data – The re-inputting of lost data can take days, weeks, or even months. Sometimes data is lost forever.
  • Eliminates the need for system reconfiguration – It can take up to 48 hours to reconfigure a multi-terminal or network system following a power failure.

Your next step

To discuss your business continuity needs or for any questions you may have on any issue surrounding your standby power requirements, please  contact us via telephone or via our online contact form or let us  call you back.

By installing an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) you can be confident that your business will continue to function throughout any type of power disruption, from long-term power outages to small-scale degradation.

We provide a complete UPS solution from site surveys, installation, preventative maintenance, regular health checks and remote monitoring of your backup power devices. UPS Systems is independent of any manufacturer and we will work with you to select the most appropriate solutions available in the marketplace, ensuring that your Standby Power mirrors your business needs.

Disruption to electrical power quality takes many forms, from complete outage to power surges and spikes, brownouts, switching transients or harmonic distortions. Your critical business systems may react in varying ways to these different power conditions, you can learn more here.

If your mains power goes off, you’ll need a UPS to provide stored power for short runtimes. A UPS will maintain power by switching instantaneously to batteries in the event of a mains failure or even just a dip in power (a brownout).


Some UPS are designed to allow a controlled shut-down of your IT servers whilst others may be used with a standby generator to allow the whole building to continue running. Designing a Standby Power solution for a business requires an understanding of both the power protection and generation. Other parts of this website provide information on the range of UPS Technologies available and Generator types.

We maintain what is arguably the UK’s largest database of Standby Power products from all major suppliers. Combining our expertise in Standby Power with this powerful database, we are uniquely able to select the solution that meets your very specific requirements. Should you require assistance, please call us. 

We offer Riello UPS, Eaton UPS, Vertiv UPS, APC UPS and more.

UPS Systems plc also supply a range of different generator manufacturers including AKSA GeneratorsHyundai Generators and Pramac Generators.


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