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Yesterday, BBC Look East featured an item about a local triathelete, Melanie Ryding, who recently had a serious cycling accident whilst training.  Melanie spoke about how wearing a crash helmet had prevented her from suffering serious, even fatal, head injuries and urged all cyclists to learn from her experience and wear protection.  On the face [...]

Whilst the recent dramatic resignations of Sir Paul Stephenson and John Yates could cause much disruption, they will probably not lead to the collapse of the Metropolitan Police.  For a smaller organisation though, the loss of even one critical member of staff could pose a significant threat to the business. As events at Scotland Yard [...]

Beko Fridge Freezer Recall

A  major product recall is under way after London Fire Brigade confirmed that a Beko fridge freezer was the cause of a fire in a tower block in Bermondsey last week.  LFB went on to explain that they believe that this model of fridge freezer has caused 20 fires in London alone over the last [...]

Both reactors at Torness nuclear power station near Edinburgh were shut down on Tuesday, as a precautionary measure, because of a reduction in the flow of cooling water.  Remarkably enough, this has been attributed to a swarm of jellyfish, possibly as a result of recent higher sea temperatures.  As of today, it's still not clear [...]

Tesco Bank announced today that its website is "Fully operational" after 4 days of disruption, which left many customers unable to access their accounts on-line.  The problems began after a planned move of the accounts from computers run by RBS last weekend, and were still affecting customers yesterday.  The bank has also announced that it will compensate customers who [...]

The ongoing saga of allegations of corruption at FIFA took an interesting new twist today with four of the federation's major sponsors making separate public statements about their concerns over the course of the day. Whilst FIFA have been very effective in managing their internal stakeholders (only 2 national associations have so far broken ranks) and communicating with [...]

Cambridge Risk Solutions will be offering delegates at a forthcoming BSI Management Systems ‘Regional Business Forum’ the opportunity to learn about Business Continuity strategy with a fun board game.  Working in a team, you decide how to allocate your budget in the best way to provide suitable protection for your business, and then find out if [...]

The recent eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland provides an opportunity to reflect on what has been learnt from last year's problems with volcanic ash. It would appear so far that the various agencies involved - eg in meteorology and air traffic control - are much better prepared than last year and are applying [...]

Numerous businesses here in Huntingdon had a reminder of the importance of Business Continuity yesterday when their ISDN phone service was unavailable for nearly 12 hours.  A fault at a BT exchange disrupted nearly 2000 ISDN lines in the town between 7.30 am to 6.30pm leaving many businesses with no incoming or outgoing call capability. It is important to [...]

Sony PlayStation Network Down

The Sony PlayStation Network has now been down for 5 days after Sony shut down the system in response to an "External intrusion" late last week.  Beyond that the details are still pretty sketchy, and may remain so, but the incident still carries some important lessons for Business Continuity. The first point is to do with timing.  [...]