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:


What is a Brexit Operating Regime and Do I Need One?

04 OCTOBER 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

With the 31st October approaching, Charlie explores the idea of a Brexit Operating Regime and some preparations that your organisation can put into place. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been doing a number of Brexit workshops and exercises. As the 31st October is rapidly approaching, I thought I would share some of my ideas on how your organisation c...

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One Disaster Leads to Another: The Loss of Thomas Cook

27 SEPTEMBER 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Following the recent news of Thomas Cook's collapse, Charlie looks at one possible contribution to their failure. I am always sorry to see the demise of a company, especially a household name such as Thomas Cook. The loss of 9,000 jobs in the UK, another name off the high street, the repatriation of 150,000 holiday makers, and even my brother has been ...

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"He knows exactly what he's done and I hope he comes clean about it."

20 SEPTEMBER 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares his comments on the crisis communications aspect of the Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein scandal. I have been following the Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein story with interest over the last few weeks and thought I would make some comments on how the crisis communications of this incident have been handled. I assumed that the sto...

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Where Do ISOs Come From?

13 SEPTEMBER 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

After spending a week observing a series of ISO meetings in Bangkok, Charlie shares his experience of how ISOs are developed. Is this a conundrum that has kept you awake at night for years or have you only just thought about it now, after being prompted by this bulletin? I am very familiar with ISO 22301, having helped PlanB Consulting and a number of othe...

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Will there be chaos and panic in the Bahamas after Dorian?

06 SEPTEMBER 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie looks at what lessons we can learn about responding to disasters, from Rebecca Solnit's book: 'A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster' I have a strong interest in hurricanes having worked with a number of organisations in the Caribbean. This week I am on holiday (not in the Caribbean), and I have ...

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Lessons Learned from British Airways: Emergency Landing in Valencia

30 AUGUST 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie looks at what lessons we can learn from British Airways' recent emergency landing at Valencia Airport. One of the problems of being a consultant is that you rarely get the opportunity to actually manage or participate in the response to an incident. Instead you spend your life telling people how they should respond. To learn from othe...

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Brexit: Baa Humbug

09 AUGUST 2019 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

Charlie looks at a different aspect of the effects of a no-deal Brexit. This week my brother Alex got top price for Cheviot Lambs at Stirling Auction Mart. I also went for a run and listened to the BBC Sounds podcast 'Beyond Today - No deal: what’s going to happen to our food?'. Inspired by these two things, I thought I would write this week&...

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Part 2: Plans! Huh! Good God! What Are They Good For?

02 AUGUST 2019 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

In Part 2 of Charlie's blogs on Business Continuity Plans, he looks at the different audiences and how we can develop future plans. In last week’s bulletin we looked at what plans are for and the different purposes of business continuity and crisis management plans. Today we will look at who the different audiences are and I will share some person...

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Plans! Huh! Good God! What Are They Good For?

26 JULY 2019 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

In today's bulletin, Charlie looks at the purpose of Business Continuity Plans and what they are really used for. Absolutely nothing? I thought this week I would allow Boris to Boris and leave the captured tanker with the Iranians, so instead I am going to talk about plans. As business continuity people, I think ‘the plan’ is the expression...

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'Notre-Dame Came Far Closer To Collapsing Than People Knew.'

19 JULY 2019 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

This week, Charlie shares an article which reconstructs the Notre-Dame fire. 'Notre-Dame still stands only because firefighters decided to risk everything, a New York Times reconstruction has found.' Take a look at the following article and think about how you would deal with a fire in your own organisation: Read here: 'Notre-Dame came far clo...

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