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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. [...]

Yesterday I queried if the 7 July bombings could really be considered a "black swan" event.  In fact, much of the impressive IT resilience that firms demonstrated in the aftermath of the bombings was a direct result of steps taken in response to the Provisional IRA bombings of the Baltic Exchange (1992) and Bishopsgate (1993). [...]

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 forthcoming tenth anniversary of the 7 July bombings in London has attracted much media coverage.  Quite rightly, the TV and press have focused on the plight of survivors and the families of those who were killed; however, the focus of this series of articles is on what the lasting legacy has been for business [...]

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 [...]