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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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Three Crisis Management Lessons from the Resignation of Sir Kim Dalloch

12 JULY 2019 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

Following the recent resignation of the UK's ambassador to the USA, Charlie discusses what crisis management lessons we can learn from the incident. This week the resignation of the British Ambassador to the USA caught my eye as an interesting news story. Sir Kim Darroch, an extremely senior UK diplomat, resigned after a number of emails were published ...

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Brexit II - Just When You Thought It Were Safe!

28 JUNE 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

As both potential Prime Ministers have shown support for a no-deal Brexit, Charlie looks at decision points and synchro matrices as useful tools for planning for a possible no-deal Brexit. This week the papers are full of articles about the two wannabe Prime Ministers slogging it out in the media and delivering their pitches to Conservative Members. The st...

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I Need A Hero

21 JUNE 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Following the inquest into the 2017 London Bridge attack, Charlie discusses the heroic actions we see during incidents and why we should champion those that do something extraordinary. The news coverage of the inquest into the London Bridge attack caught my eye this week. Earlier in the week, the newspapers were reporting on the role played by the ambulanc...

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All Aboard!

14 JUNE 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

In today's bulletin, Charlie compares the recent BP oil rig protests on the Paul B Loyd Jr, to those which occurred in 1995 on the Brent Spar. What can we learn from these stories and how can we prepare? On Sunday, I noticed the news story of two Greenpeace protesters who climbed aboard the BP oil rig in Cromarty Firth, the Paul B Loyd Jr, just as it w...

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Battle of Arnhem, 1944 - What Are the Business Continuity Lessons?

07 JUNE 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie looks at what business continuity lessons we can learn from the Battle of Arnhem, and how case studies are a great way of understanding incident management. This week I have been on a battlefield tour of Arnhem; it was the Battle of Arnhem which was depicted in the film 'A Bridge Too Far'. I am an ex King’s Own Scottish Borderer (KOSB...

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Is Your Business Continuity Old Skool?

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 ...

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