Business continuity planning

…. Standby Power to keep your business running

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.

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.


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 (Uninterruptible Power Supply) 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.

Possible power problems

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 (uninterruptible power supply) to provide stored power for short runtimes. A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) 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 (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems are designed to allow a controlled shut-down of your IT servers whilst others may be used with a standby silent 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.

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. 

UPS Systems plc offer a range of UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems, with the UPS batteries to support them and diesel generators from a range of manufacturers including Riello UPS, AKSA generator, Eaton UPS, Hyundai generator, Vertiv UPS, Pramac generator, APC UPS and more. This means we can supply the equipment that suits your requirements regardless of where it is supplied from. 


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