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Yesterday I commented that, at least from my own personal experience, the 7 July bombings had not led to increased interest in business continuity.  That is not to say that the attacks did not have a lasting impact on the business continuity industry; and in today's article I want to look at how the terrible [...]

The shock UK general election result, confounding numerous and consistent predictions over the last few weeks, serves as a powerful reminder about the hazards of making predictions about the future.  More specifically, people appeared not to appreciate the sensitivity of our electoral system to very small changes in voting patterns in key marginal constituencies; meaning [...]

It is being widely reported that a number of American Airlines flights were delayed yesterday (Tuesday) evening when pilots were unable to view flight plans on their iPads because of a software glitch.  The number of planes affected is unclear, and the delays appear not to have been too severe; but it is a great [...]

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 [...]

As has been widely reported, a major fire broke out at Didcot B power station last night.  Fortunately nobody was hurt in the blaze, but the incident has resulted in the loss of another 700 MW of generating capacity from the national grid for an unknown period.  Coming after the fires at Ironbridge and Ferrybridge power stations [...]

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. [...]

David Cameron said this week, “independence won’t be a trial separation. It will be a painful divorce.” One of the most momentous political decisions in UK’s recent history, The Scottish Referendum has implications for all UK nations. Many Scottish businesses are quietly considering the implications of the vote. On the 18th September, Scottish voters will [...]

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 [...]

The annual BCI/BSI Horizon 2014 survey has just been published, and presents some interesting results, although I have to wonder how much of this is down to an understanding of terminology, particularly given the overlap of the different issues being examined.  Also, given the probable biases of the respondents from previous incidents and media coverage, [...]

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 [...]