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It is unfortunate that a very important discussion about NHS Trusts declaring a major incident has become a political football.  Not only is this an important issue for the NHS but, more generally, defining a process for invoking contingency plans is a crucial, but often neglected, part of any business continuity management system. By and [...]

We have previously discussed the real and present threat that fires present to businesses, and have highlighted some of the steps that businesses should take to protect themselves, but this lesson has been reinforced by the recent fire at the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council offices. Having destroyed over 80% of [...]

Parts of Staines High Street remain closed following a substantial overnight fire at the Renshaws industrial Estate in Staines. The precise cause and source of the fire are as yet unknown, but there have been accounts of explosions, and business owners are reportedly facing 'ruin' following the blaze; local news has highlighted the extensive damage [...]

The Business Continuity Institute Supply Chain Resilience 2014 report was released earlier this week. Rather unsurprisingly, given the CMI survey results over the past 5 years, the main two causes of disruption were IT/telephony and extreme weather. The report highlights a ‘worrying finding’ in the low management commitment to this issue. However, given that almost [...]

Ebola: Is your business ready?

Ebola currently appears to be unstoppable, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that 'The number of people infected with Ebola is doubling every 20 to 30 days, and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has forecast that there could be as many as 1.4m cases of Ebola by January, in the worst case scenario. [...]

Playing with Fire

The recent spate of major fires serve as a timely reminder of the risks to businesses that this ever present hazard presents. Within the last couple of days, hotels (White house Hotel, Llandudno and Crathorne Hotel, Yarm), recycling centres (Cleartech Waste, Hull, European Metal Recycling Centre, Smethwick and Transwaste, Melton) and industrial sites (warehouse, Tyseley [...]

Will the earth move for you?

Following more earthquakes in the region of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, it is looking more and more likely that there will be an eruption, although scientists are still undecided as to what form this will take, and whether it is likely to produce the same ash clouds that were caused by the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in 2010.  [...]

The South African miner’s strike has come to an end, concluding the country’s longest ever industrial strike. The miner’s union went on strike in January and through 5 months of marches, protests and talks finally secured a wage increase. Halting work at the platinum mines caused the South African economy to contract by 0.6% and [...]

The recent fire at the Asos distribution warehouse near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, brought the online-only business to a halt on Friday 20th of June. Although the fashion retailer has begun trading again, the incident gave an interesting example of business continuity in action. The fire, which is being attributed to an arson attack, broke out [...]

Flooding and Tube strikes would seem to have little in common, yet in terms of Business Continuity and a business response, they could be viewed in much the same way! Take flooding.  This is nothing new, and happens most years somewhere in the United Kingdom.  Admittedly, this year has seen the highest rain since records [...]