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:


After coronavirus, what next?

13 MARCH 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I discuss how you can prepare for the recovery and transition back to 'business as usual' after the coronavirus. You will have seen in the UK that there has been a change announced and we are moving from ‘containment’ to ‘delay’. It has been made clear that the virus has the potential to affect us all and the peak i...

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Coronavirus Public Reaction – ‘Keep calm and carry on’ or bystander effect?

08 MARCH 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I look at how the bystander effect and social pressure is affecting the public's reaction to Coronavirus. I have been onsite with a client in the South of England for the last two days and conversations have all been about coronavirus, what is happening, the day-by-day increase in numbers and the speculation on how bad it might get. Listening ...

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Decision Making During a Crisis - Decision Making Models

28 FEBRUARY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I look at what tools and techniques are available to help those leading incident teams on how to make decisions during a crisis. This week I have spent eight hours in conference calls, working with a dedicated team to go through the suggested amendments on ISO 22361 which is going to replace prTS17091 'Crisis management – Guidance for de...

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The Minimum Business Continuity Objective: The Cinderella of the BIA

21 FEBRUARY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I explain what the minimum business continuity objective (MBCO) is and how to use it. The minimum business continuity objective (MBCO) is, in my opinion, an extremely important component of the business impact analysis (BIA). I have always thought that it is the poor cousin to the MTPD (maximum tolerable period of disruption): not used very often ...

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Case study - Dundee and Angus College's Cyber attack communications review

14 FEBRUARY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Following Dundee and Angus College's recent cyber attack, Charlie looks at why their response is a good example of how to deal with a cyber incident and what we can learn from it. I thought this week we might take a break from talking about the coronavirus (COVID-19), as every man, woman and consultant seems to be posting their thoughts, response action...

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Key Learning Points from the Scottish Continuity Groups Seminar on the 4th

10 FEBRUARY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie discusses the key learning points he took away from the Scottish Continuity Groups Seminar he attended at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. This week I attended the Scottish Continuity Groups Seminar at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and thought I would share a slightly random selection of the main points I took away from the event. As always, there...

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Pandemic Planning: What is a Pandemic Operating Regime, and do I need one?

31 JANUARY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Following the spread of Coronavirus throughout China and surrounding countries, Charlie introduces the idea of a Pandemic Operating Regime and why you should develop one. After returning from Colombia last week and working on the new ISO 22361 standard which will replace ‘PD CEN/TS 17091:2018, Crisis management – Guidance for developing a str...

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Pandemic Planning: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - Should We Panic?

24 JANUARY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Pandemic Planning: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - Should we panic? This week Charlie looks at the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus, and what precautions your organisation should take to be prepared. You can’t have missed the outbreak of the flu-like disease, Coronavirus, and the China’s response of shutting down travel from the City of Wuhan, as we...

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Travelex - A Crisis Communications Review

10 JANUARY 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie looks at the recent Travelex incident and what we can learn from their response. Happy New Year to all our readers, I hope you had a great Christmas! The Travelex incident is one I have only just come across; I think over new year I was too busy celebrating on the Isle of Coll and I wasn’t really paying much attention to the news, so I have ...

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