Business Continuity Blog

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Welcome to PlanB'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:

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BC on a Budget: 4 Things Entrepreneurs & SMEs Can Do To Improve Resilience

17 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

This week, Charlie's away on a hard earned holiday. In his stead, Roger Broomfield, our new Sales and Marketing Manager, reflects on his experience of working alongside SMEs in Scotland. In the realm of the entrepreneur, the only equipment you need to conquer the world is a kitchen table, a laptop and a coffee. Over the last year, I’ve been incre...

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Free Resources - We Like Free Stuff!

10 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares some useful sources of Business Continuity information. I thought today I would point you in the direction of three different sets of business continuity resources which I find very useful, and even better that they are free. 1. Youtube. If you want a video of most things and events you can find it on YouTube. So, if you are do...

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Extreme Business Continuity - Lessons from Hurricane Maria

03 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Reflecting on his time in Puerto Rico, Charlie shares what he learned from the experiences of those impacted by the events of Hurricane Maria. This week I have been delivering training and exercises in Puerto Rico, whilst learning from the experiences of those who were involved in Hurricane Maria. For this bulletin, I thought I would share some of the human...

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London Bridge is Falling Down...

27 JULY 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

After his journey to Key West, Charlie advises business continuity professionals to look at access to their organisation's site as a possible single point of failure and consider the impact of any potential road closures. Today I have been taking a short break between running a number of exercises, so I decided to go to Key West. I have heard all about ...

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“The Manifesto for Organizational Resilience” - Some Thoughts

24 JUNE 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie shares his thoughts on the Business Continuity Institute’s “Manifesto for Organizational Resilience”, which was released as part of Business Continuity Awareness Week. This week I have been rushing around, so I haven’t really been following Business Continuity Awareness week too closely. One item that caught my eye was the Bu...

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“Peace in our time” - Donald and Kim: A Crisis Communications View

24 JUNE 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Following the first summit meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, Charlie outlines how crisis communications can be used effectively to manage an incident and meet the expectations of stakeholders. There was no doubt that the meeting between President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was historic, but the debate surrounded how successful it wa...

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Is social media changing?

24 JUNE 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

With the recent Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal influencing new restrictions surrounding social media platforms, I consider whether the use of social media during incidents will change. Over the last few weeks we have seen the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data scandal unfolding. The incident led to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, testifyi...

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Business Continuity and Culture

24 JUNE 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

After spending this week in South Africa, Charlie shares his thoughts on the impact of culture on business continuity. This week I have been teaching MSc students in South Africa and I thought I would share my views on how business continuity can be affected by the culture of the country. I was only in the country for four days, so my impression was perhap...

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A review of TSB’s communications in response to their failed IT upgrade

28 MAY 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

In the midst of TSB's ongoing online banking meltdown, Charlie shares his thoughts on how the organisation has been managing the communications aspect of the incident. Last night I was doing what I always tell the readers of this bulletin to do and was looking at how TSB bank have been responding to the failed upgrade of their main banking platform. Af...

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War, what is it good for...?

25 MAY 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

With the West on the brink of conflict with Syria and its Russian allies, I suggest business continuity professionals should be aware of world events and consider the potential impact on their organisations. At the time of writing this bulletin, nothing has happened since the USA and its allies threatened to bomb Syria. The threat came after Syria’s...

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