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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. Report Concerns The report highlights a ‘worrying finding’ in the low management commitment to this issue. However, given [...]

HEBCoN Annual Conference

Have just returned from a very interesting time at the Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN) annual conference in Leeds.  Having previously presented at seminars and conferences organised by the BCI, BSI and Survive (I’m showing my age there); I can honestly say that it was the best business continuity event that I have ever [...]

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 [...]

Patrick Roberts of Cambridge Risk Solutions will be speaking at the Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN) annual conference on Thursday 23rd October.  His talk, entitled “Drivers for the Adoption of Business Continuity Management”, is based on his experience of working with the Medical Research Council over a number of years; but the lessons identified [...]

The third seminar in the ESRC’s “Lessons in People Risk Management” series took place yesterday at Glasgow Caledonian University.  The central theme of the day was an exploration of why the approaches to managing people risk that have been so successful in aviation have achieved only limited success in the healthcare sector.  Once again the speakers [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.  [...]