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.
31 MAY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
Charlie looks at how business continuity techniques and methodologies have evolved and why we have moved on from some of the classics.
“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “Love Is a Stranger” by the Eurythmics were classics in their time, but the world of music has moved on with new genres, artists and styles. In the same way, business ...
17 MAY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
This week, Charlie discusses why induction is a key place to set the tone for business continuity within your organisation.
I have just stepped off an overnight flight from Johannesburg, where I spent the last two days teaching crisis management and business continuity as part of a work-based MSc. My brain is not really working, so I thought this week I wo...
10 MAY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
Following the sacking of BBC Radio 5 Live's presenter Danny Baker, Charlie discusses his thoughts on the incident and the crisis management lessons to be learnt.
The sacking of Danny Baker, a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live, caught my eye this week as it had a number of both good and bad practice crisis management elements. I thought for today’s bul...
26 APRIL 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
This week, Charlie looks at what points you should consider when planning for a hurricane.
For the last couple of weeks I have been in the Caribbean, helping a power and water company plan for hurricanes, so I thought I would share what I have learnt. I have done a reasonable amount of hurricane planning before, and have interviewed several people who lived...
19 APRIL 2019 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD
Following the recent Fisher-Price incident in the news, Charlie discusses product recall and the difficult decisions that organisations face.
This week’s news has been dominated by the fire in Notre-Dame Cathedral. I have noticed the story has already shifted from the initial shock at seeing such an iconic building on fire, to questioning how if over...
12 APRIL 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
In the first bulletin of his new 'Business Continuity 2025' series, Charlie discusses what incidents might look like in 2025.
There wasn’t a particular incident which took my fancy to write about this week, so I thought I would write about what BC might look like in 2025. On a separate note, I must congratulate and send solidarity to the peop...
05 APRIL 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
In this week's bulletin, Charlie discusses whether you should consider likelihood when conducting a risk assessment.
I thought this week I would talk about risk assessment. I did consider writing something on Brexit, but I thought it would probably end up being out of date, before I had finished writing!
For a while, business continuity has always had...
22 MARCH 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
Charlie discusses the use of dark websites for crisis communication.
I thought this week I would discuss the use of dark websites for crisis communication. When you hear about a crisis on the news, I always suggest you take a look at the organisation's website and see how they are portraying the incident.
A dark website is a website which is hidden fr...
15 MARCH 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
Charlie looks at how the CBCI Certification Course (GPG) has changed over the last ten years.
Just before I start this week's bulletin, our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand after the attack on the two mosques today.
This week I have been teaching the CBCI Certification Course (GPG) in Glasgow and I found myself thinking about how the course...
08 MARCH 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL
Charlie looks at the latest spate of parcel bombs and why now might be a good time to review your plans, procedures and awareness.
This week I was down in London delivering the Managing and Preparing for Cyber Incidents course. I noticed in the news at lunchtime that parcel bombs had been sent to Heathrow Airport, Waterloo Station and London City Airport....