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Water Biscuit supply dries up

It has just been announced that the production of Carr's Water Biscuits has been halted for a couple of months due to the recent floods in Carlisle during December 2015.  United Biscuits have run advertisements in The Times explaining that they had been unable to source alternative ovens that were suitable for making the biscuits. [...]

Residents of flood-hit areas of Cumbria and Scotland have started their clear-up, whilst Lancaster is still without power, and Lancaster University had brought forward the end of term.  Some 42,ooo homes are still without power, and many businesses are without power and/or have been flooded, including the McVities factory in Carlisle, last flooded in 2005. [...]

Calling BUPA

At what point should businesses be able to move from an incident response and return to Business As Usual?  How quickly should services be returned to 100% capacity?   Widespread flooding has impacted large swathes of southern England, impacting residential areas and businesses alike.  One of the businesses impacted was BUPA who, some weeks on [...]

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 [...]

Rain, wind and snow

Whilst the UK has been battered with wind and rain over the last couple of weeks, with some coastal areas suffering substantial damage and both inland and coastal areas experiencing flooding, over in the US, there have been freezing conditions, with temperatures plummeting down below -50 (including wind chill). Both situations have highlighted the difficulties [...]

The news earlier this week that Intel sales this quarter will fall short of estimates provides a fascinating perspective on supply chain continuity.  Intel's sales have not been hit by disruptions experienced directly by either a supplier or a customer; but a global shortage of hard disk drives, caused by damage to factories in Thailand, [...]

As well as resulting in tragic loss of life and causing misery to thousands of other people caught up in them, the ongoing floods in Thailand are also impacting on many businesses.  Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Sony are amongst those affected, and whilst the impacts so far are not believed to be serious, if it [...]

Flood at BT Exchange

A BT exchange in Paddington flooded early on the morning of 31st March. There was extensive disruption to phone and broadband services in the immediate vicinity, including phone lines to the Royal Free Hospital; as well as a knock-on effect on other exchanges. The floodwater was cleared by the morning of 1st April enabling BT [...]