Business Continuity Blog

With significant experience in business continuity management consulting, our consultants share their insight.

Approaching Business Continuity Planning post Covid-19

Posted by Mark Robinson on May 01, 2020

The effects of Covid-19 have significantly raised awareness of Business Continuity Planning, not least because many office-based firms have adapted and applied their plans and worked from home.  However, the operational impacts could not have been foreseen by many others, including manufacturers, retailers, restaurants and events companies. Why? Because virtually all their pre-planned fallback positions faced the same extraordinary challenge - lockdown with frozen budgets, stalled production and a broken supply chain.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Business Continuity Management, Risk, Business Impact Analysis, Resilience, ISO 22301, Insurance, manufacturing, Blueprint, Small Business, Pandemic

Business Survival during Covid-19

Posted by Mark Robinson on Apr 07, 2020

This article talks about our suggested approach of managing the business through pandemic day-to-day. It includes some observations that may help you.

This is our second continuity article about Covid-19. Our first, Pandemic Planning for Business has been viewed and shared by thousands of organisations, with several that we know of adopting some or all the guidance it proposed. Although the situation has developed far beyond what many expected, it’s worth noting that most points we raised have materialised in some form.

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Tags: Business Continuity Management, Risk, Resilience, Insurance, Small Business, Pandemic

Pandemic Planning for Business

Posted by Mark Robinson on Mar 02, 2020

The following post is intended to support businesses with their pandemic planning. It includes a suggested approach and an opportunity to download our own Pandemic Plan as an example.

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Tags: Risk, Resilience, Insurance, Pandemic

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, manufacturing

How to Perform a Timeframe Analysis

Posted by John Robinson on Nov 23, 2015

In our recent review of the ISO 22317 Business Impact Analysis guidelines, I suggested that to perform an effective BIA, business continuity managers would need to give senior management context for creating timeframes and priorities. With that in mind, I thought it might be useful to share a basic, step-by-step guide to performing a timeframe analysis.

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Tags: Business Continuity Management, Risk, Business Impact Analysis