Business Continuity Blog

With significant experience in business continuity management consulting, John Robinson shares his insight.

Guidelines for manufacturers preparing for Brexit

Posted by John Basinger on Mar 15, 2017

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I saw this article in Cabinet Maker magazine which discusses the findings of a recent KPMG report into the future of UK manufacture. The report details key practical measures that manufacturers can begin to put in place now to prepare for when the UK exits the EU in 2019. They include:

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Tags: Business Continuity Management, Insurance

A Sideways Look At Business Interruption

Posted by John Basinger on Mar 03, 2017

In my days as a Commercial Large Loss Adjuster, it was always more straightforward to estimate the size of loss for the physical damage, than the business interruption.  

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Tags: Business Continuity Management, Insurance

Geopolitical Continuity Planning in Manufacturing Industries

Posted by John Robinson on Feb 07, 2017

"I was recently tasked with writing a business continuity plan for a manufacturing organisation with critical production facilities close to a conflict zone.  This prompted me to write a paper about geopolitical resilience.  The organisation’s executive was positioning it for investment and wanted to be seen to be managing that aspect of risk.  They recognised the situation, the way investors might regard it and the potential need to resume in a planned, acceptable way if disruption occurred.  The focus was strongly on geopolitical risks whilst still planning for conventional natural perils. "

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Tags: Business Continuity Management, Risk, Resilience

Measuring your BCMS - why do it?

Posted by Inoni on Feb 07, 2017

ISO 22301 proposes that organisations adopt the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) Model, a form of closed-loop control system.  This is recognised by Deming as the fundamental core of most management systems, which themselves have the effect of ‘breathing life’ into otherwise one-shot business initiatives.  Compare the benefit of writing a one-off continuity plan that quickly becomes obsolete and useless, with one that is kept up-to-date and continually improved. 

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Tags: Business Continuity Management, ISO 22301

Business Continuity vs Organisational Resilience

Posted by John Robinson on Aug 30, 2016

Over the last few years, many organisations have ‘upgraded’ their Business Continuity Manager roles to Resilience Manager positions. However, it’s not clear whether the function or the expertise required to support it have actually changed. Has one term simply been used to replace the other, and if it has, is vital nuance being lost?

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Tags: Business Continuity Management, Resilience