Monthly Archives: December 2011

Choose your backup strategy carefully

Choose the wrong approach to backing up your data and you could seriously damage your business: you could even end up in gaol! This is a true story, but has been suitably anonymised. It serves to demonstrate the importance of choosing your back up strategy carefully. Background The story involves a very large privately owned…

To recover, you must survive

The actions you take immediately after an incident could determine your ultimate survival, or not The importance of prompt response A key objective of having a Business Continuity Plan is to ensure that the business can react quickly after an unexpected incident. That way, the damage can be limited before it has the chance to…

Who’s in charge?

Make sure everybody knows who is in charge when it all goes pear-shaped   It seems that this blog may be read by some quite important people. Yesterday (20/12/2012) in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons, Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, asked who would be in charge of the country if the Prime Minister were…

What if you can’t get to the office?

Make sure you start to implement your plans before it goes wrong As we move into the winter here in the UK, we stand a reasonable chance of having a few days, at least, where normal business operation is likely to be difficult, if not impossible, because of snow or ice. The question is: how…

Succession Planning and Business Continuity

People can be your greatest asset, and your biggest weakness. Make sure you protect against loss of key staff It is often said that people are the greatest asset in any successful business. I’d support that view: there aren’t many businesses that could operate without them. Unfortunately, it is also true that the existence of…

Do your suppliers ever let you down?

Summary The Business Continuity Institute has found that UK businesses, particularly in the manufacturing sector, are taking too many risks by not ensuring their suppliers are capable of meeting their obligations. The risks are primarily to revenue and reputation. How reliable is your supply chain? I ask this after reading the latest survey on Supply…

Avoid single points of failure in your business

 Don’t let the loss of single critical resource cause you to lose money Business Continuity Planning is the process of putting in place the necessary measures and plans to prevent disruptive incidents from damaging your business. One of the measures that needs to be taken is to remove, as far as possible, single points of…

Are you prepared for flooding?

Don’t ignore risks unless you know they won’t occur An item on Monday’s (5th December 2011) “You and Yours” on BBC Radio Four caught my attention. The item was on flooding and how it is becoming more common in the UK; despite the increased spending on flood prevention by the Environment Agency. Much was said…

Don’t assume that everything works

If you don’t check, how will you know? I was in town yesterday, posting cards for Christmas. Due to a mistake on my part I inadvertently sent the card intended for my brother in Australia to somebody else: leaving me a card short. In case you weren’t aware, yesterday was the last posting day for…

Is your business ready for bad weather?

Don’t get caught out by winter this year. In case you haven’t been watching the news here in the UK, the snow is back. Round here in East Anglia it’s just cold, but snow is falling further north. If you haven’t done so already, have you gone through your winter preparation checklist yet? Have you:…

Monthly Archives: December 2011

Choose your backup strategy carefully

Choose the wrong approach to backing up your data and you could seriously damage your business: you could even end up in gaol! This is a true story, but has been suitably anonymised. It serves to demonstrate the importance of choosing your back up strategy carefully. Background The story involves a very large privately owned…

To recover, you must survive

The actions you take immediately after an incident could determine your ultimate survival, or not The importance of prompt response A key objective of having a Business Continuity Plan is to ensure that the business can react quickly after an unexpected incident. That way, the damage can be limited before it has the chance to…

Who’s in charge?

Make sure everybody knows who is in charge when it all goes pear-shaped   It seems that this blog may be read by some quite important people. Yesterday (20/12/2012) in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons, Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, asked who would be in charge of the country if the Prime Minister were…

What if you can’t get to the office?

Make sure you start to implement your plans before it goes wrong As we move into the winter here in the UK, we stand a reasonable chance of having a few days, at least, where normal business operation is likely to be difficult, if not impossible, because of snow or ice. The question is: how…

Succession Planning and Business Continuity

People can be your greatest asset, and your biggest weakness. Make sure you protect against loss of key staff It is often said that people are the greatest asset in any successful business. I’d support that view: there aren’t many businesses that could operate without them. Unfortunately, it is also true that the existence of…

Do your suppliers ever let you down?

Summary The Business Continuity Institute has found that UK businesses, particularly in the manufacturing sector, are taking too many risks by not ensuring their suppliers are capable of meeting their obligations. The risks are primarily to revenue and reputation. How reliable is your supply chain? I ask this after reading the latest survey on Supply…

Avoid single points of failure in your business

 Don’t let the loss of single critical resource cause you to lose money Business Continuity Planning is the process of putting in place the necessary measures and plans to prevent disruptive incidents from damaging your business. One of the measures that needs to be taken is to remove, as far as possible, single points of…

Are you prepared for flooding?

Don’t ignore risks unless you know they won’t occur An item on Monday’s (5th December 2011) “You and Yours” on BBC Radio Four caught my attention. The item was on flooding and how it is becoming more common in the UK; despite the increased spending on flood prevention by the Environment Agency. Much was said…

Don’t assume that everything works

If you don’t check, how will you know? I was in town yesterday, posting cards for Christmas. Due to a mistake on my part I inadvertently sent the card intended for my brother in Australia to somebody else: leaving me a card short. In case you weren’t aware, yesterday was the last posting day for…

Is your business ready for bad weather?

Don’t get caught out by winter this year. In case you haven’t been watching the news here in the UK, the snow is back. Round here in East Anglia it’s just cold, but snow is falling further north. If you haven’t done so already, have you gone through your winter preparation checklist yet? Have you:…

Monthly Archives: December 2011

Choose your backup strategy carefully

Choose the wrong approach to backing up your data and you could seriously damage your business: you could even end up in gaol! This is a true story, but has been suitably anonymised. It serves to demonstrate the importance of choosing your back up strategy carefully. Background The story involves a very large privately owned…

To recover, you must survive

The actions you take immediately after an incident could determine your ultimate survival, or not The importance of prompt response A key objective of having a Business Continuity Plan is to ensure that the business can react quickly after an unexpected incident. That way, the damage can be limited before it has the chance to…

Who’s in charge?

Make sure everybody knows who is in charge when it all goes pear-shaped   It seems that this blog may be read by some quite important people. Yesterday (20/12/2012) in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons, Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, asked who would be in charge of the country if the Prime Minister were…

What if you can’t get to the office?

Make sure you start to implement your plans before it goes wrong As we move into the winter here in the UK, we stand a reasonable chance of having a few days, at least, where normal business operation is likely to be difficult, if not impossible, because of snow or ice. The question is: how…

Succession Planning and Business Continuity

People can be your greatest asset, and your biggest weakness. Make sure you protect against loss of key staff It is often said that people are the greatest asset in any successful business. I’d support that view: there aren’t many businesses that could operate without them. Unfortunately, it is also true that the existence of…

Do your suppliers ever let you down?

Summary The Business Continuity Institute has found that UK businesses, particularly in the manufacturing sector, are taking too many risks by not ensuring their suppliers are capable of meeting their obligations. The risks are primarily to revenue and reputation. How reliable is your supply chain? I ask this after reading the latest survey on Supply…

Avoid single points of failure in your business

 Don’t let the loss of single critical resource cause you to lose money Business Continuity Planning is the process of putting in place the necessary measures and plans to prevent disruptive incidents from damaging your business. One of the measures that needs to be taken is to remove, as far as possible, single points of…

Are you prepared for flooding?

Don’t ignore risks unless you know they won’t occur An item on Monday’s (5th December 2011) “You and Yours” on BBC Radio Four caught my attention. The item was on flooding and how it is becoming more common in the UK; despite the increased spending on flood prevention by the Environment Agency. Much was said…

Don’t assume that everything works

If you don’t check, how will you know? I was in town yesterday, posting cards for Christmas. Due to a mistake on my part I inadvertently sent the card intended for my brother in Australia to somebody else: leaving me a card short. In case you weren’t aware, yesterday was the last posting day for…

Is your business ready for bad weather?

Don’t get caught out by winter this year. In case you haven’t been watching the news here in the UK, the snow is back. Round here in East Anglia it’s just cold, but snow is falling further north. If you haven’t done so already, have you gone through your winter preparation checklist yet? Have you:…