Business Continuity Blog


Welcome to PlanB Consulting's Business Continuity Blog

Our Director Charlie Maclean-Bristol writes weekly updates from the business continuity world, covering recent news items or reflecting on his travels and experiences with clients. Charlie always address a topic from a BC perspective and you might be suprised how much of todays news relates to BC! Providing valuable insight, Charlie raises critical questions which will surely encourage you to reconsider your BC plans. Please enjoy our blogs - especially the ones listed under the category PlanB Funnies (featuring our Top 10 Best Hotels) and feel free to share on twitter - @planbconsulting.  

Our latest blogs are below:


Building an Incident Team Competency Framework

23 JULY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie outlines his ideas on building an incident team competency framework. This week I thought I would share some ideas I have been developing on incident management. They are not fully solidified yet, so I would welcome any thoughts or comments on what I have written. There are many lessons organisations will learn from COVID-19, but one of the major l...

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Why we are entering the most dangerous period of coronavirus.

15 JULY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Why, for many organisations, we are entering the most dangerous period of coronavirus. This week Charlie discusses why we are entering the most dangerous period of coronavirus for many businesses. In the first few months of the coronavirus outbreak, everyone was ‘in it together’ and people understood why organisations were not able to deliver t...

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The Business Continuity Manager’s role in the recovery phase of coronavirus

22 JUNE 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I discuss the role of the Business Continuity Manager in dealing with the recovery phrase of coronavirus. Many of the lockdown restrictions have been lifted and are moving on apace, even in Scotland we are able to do more today and even more on Monday, although I haven’t quite worked out what that is. So I thought this week I would share som...

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COVID-19 – A massive failure of risk management?

12 JUNE 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I look at risk management in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and Black Lives Matter movement. I wanted to write about risk management and what I perceive is a massive failure of the process and implementation in ensuring that organisations were ready for a pandemic. The continuing momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and organisat...

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Dominic Cummings – A crisis management case study

02 JUNE 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I discuss the crisis communications lessons to be learnt from Dominic Cummings' recent 'rule-breaking' incident in lockdown. As the 'Dominic Cummings Affair' is coming to an end I thought I would comment on what we can learn about crisis communications from the circus surrounding his visit to Durham, during lockdown. I think it...

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Marks out of 100 for Easyjet’s Cyber Incident Response

26 MAY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie scores Easyjet's response to their recent cyber attack out of 100. "Thankfully, we now live in a world where it is accepted that data breaches happen, and organisations are more comfortable disclosing that they have been victim to an attack. However, with this welcome move away from victim blaming, organisations are now being judged more on...

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20/20 Vision: Comments on Exercise Cygnus (UK's pandemic exercise in 2016)

26 MAY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Today Charlie discusses how Exercise Cygnus, the UK's pandemic exercise in 2016, holds up against the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. UK the "most prepared country"? The UK government has had a lot of criticism in the press about them being unprepared to respond to COVID-19, despite the 2019 Global Health Security Index Report in which we were ...

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Crisis Communications - Skype to the rescue

26 MAY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie looks at an article from The Times, 'Welcome to The Skype Pandemic', which discusses how journalists and experts tuning in to interviews from their homes is affecting our news consumption. A team of Kim, Gillian and I have been teaching the CBCI course this week and I was thinking of talking about the lessons learned from this expe...

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Five new Youtube channel videos added

03 MAY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

PlanB Consulting has added another five topics to their Youtube Channel The channel can be found here 1. Decision making during a crisis 2. Organising your response plan 3. Exercising to fail 4. Developing an exercise programme 5. Avoiding groupthink ...

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