Business Continuity

Free Webinars to help manage and recover from the Coronavirus crisis

Cabinet Office Webinars with the EPC, Continuity Forum and other experts on coping with COVID-19 Webinars

A number of webinars are to be provided by some of the leading experts in Risk, Resilience and Continuity as the result of the efforts of the BSI and the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, to deliver training to the complimentary standards by webinar.  

The webinar series schedule is below:

Tuesday, 31 March 09.00 – 10.30, “COVID-19 and Organizational Resilience”

Robert MacFarlane, Deputy Director, Head, Resilience Training, Doctrine & Standards, Cabinet Office and Kevin Brear, Director of Consulting – Technology Risk Management, Xcina Consulting Limited

Implementing PD CEN/TS 17091 Crisis management and PD ISO 22330 Guidelines for people aspects of business continuity

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Thursday, 2 April 09.00 – 10.30, “COVID-19: Community Resilience and Volunteers”

Duncan Shaw, Professor in Operational Research and Critical Systems, University of Manchester and David Powell, Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester

Implementing BS ISO 22319 Guidelines for planning the involvement of spontaneous volunteers

BS 22395 Guidelines for supporting vulnerable people in an emergency

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Tuesday, 7 April 09.00 – 10.30, “COVID-19 and Risk Management”

Russell Price Chairman, Continuity Forum; Julia Graham, Technical Director, AIRMIC

Implementing BS ISO 31000 Risk management and BS 31100 Code of Practice for risk management

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Thursday, 9 April 11.00 – 12.30, “COVID-19 and Continuity”

Rick Cudworth, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte LLP; Malcolm Cornish ISO 22313 Project Leader

Implementation of BS ISO 22313 Business Continuity Management Systems – Guidance to ISO 22301and PD ISO TS 22318 Business Continuity Management Systems for the Supply Chain

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Health Guidance- COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses

BEIS and Public Health England Guidance for Covid-19 - Business
CoronaVirus Guidance - UK 
Published 25 February 2020
This guidance has been provided by Public Health England and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to help employers address concerns on the out break of infection from a novel coronavirus (Covid-19)
1. Background and scope of guidance
This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:
  • ・the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • ・how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • ・what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
  • ・what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, as outlined by the Chief Medical Officer (full list is available here)
  • ・advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from Covid-19
  • . Information about the virus

Business Continuity and SME's - building success

Meet the expert video series covering Business Continuity, Risk and Resilience with Russell PriceIn this interview Russell Price speaks with Shalen Sehgal, MD of Crises Control, on the critical importance of Business Continuity and Crisis Management to Small and Medium Enterprises and the role of standards in helping them compete and succeed in today's markets.

Standards can sometimes be intimidating or thought to be only appropriate for big business.  In this video Russell explains why this view is wrong and how SME's can lever their size and agility to develop good plans and compete more effectively in their markets.

Meet the Crisis Experts - Episode 3 - Standards & Plans with Crises Control and Russell Price.

For more information please contact on how Standards can help organizations develop their risk and resilience planning contact us directly.  To see more from the 'Meet the Experts' series from Crises Control click HERE!


Research shows SMEs are not as BC ready as they believe

Crises Control - SME Research


Research carried out by Crises Control and the Continuity Forum has revealed that while almost all SMEs agree business continuity planning is a vital protection for their business a majority are not in fact ready to effectively handle a business disruption incident. 


Crises Control, the award-winning mass notification platform teamed up with the Continuity Forum, the leading business continuity advice and research organisation in the UK, to research the SME market. The research was carried out using a mixture of in depth phone calls and an online survey.


Protection for business and commercial centres

This guide is intended to give protective security advice to those who are responsible for security in commercial centres. It is aimed at those places where there may be a risk of a terrorist attack either because of the nature of the building, it's location or the number of people who work in it.
The guide seeks to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack and limit the damage an attack might cause. It highlights the vital part you can play in the UK counter terrorism strategy.
It is accepted that the concept of absolute security is almost impossible to achieve in combating the threat of terrorism, but it is possible, through the use of this guidance, to reduce the risk to as low as reasonably practicable.

Wonderful Career Opportunity - Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Manager

EPO & BCM Manager Falkland Islands Government
The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) is looking for a new colleague to join its existing team in the Emergency Services Directorate.
Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Falkland Islands benefits from a great quality of life in a safe environment, good work life balance, a strong sense of community, unique wildlife and the close proximity of South America as a holiday destination.
THE POST  - Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Manager 
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Emergency Services Directorate for a positive and dynamic Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Manager to join the team.
This is a fixed contract for one year and the Directorate is keen to appoint as soon as possible.

*** Star Job *** Head of Incident Management & Business Continuity

Head of Business Continuity & Incident Management
Role: Head of Incident Management & Business Continuity
Salary: £51,203 - £58,638
Location: Bootle, Merseyside

Make an impact at ONR by ensuring that incidents don’t.
The challenge
A fast-evolving public corporation, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is committed to shaping the future of regulation in the UK nuclear industry. As our Head of Incident Management & Business Continuity, you’ll establish a brand new framework that will support the whole organisation. It’s an exceptional opportunity to make your name in Business Continuity, Emergency Planning and Incident Management, by transforming ONR’s resilience in a vital, senior role. 
The role
It’s crucial that ONR can continue to perform when faced with disruption. That’s why we’ve created a new Integrated Incident Management Framework. We now need a skilled, collaborative leader to embed and manage this Framework, while co-ordinating incident response activity including crisis management and business continuity. 
Reporting directly to the Finance Director, you’ll lead, deliver and manage the Framework on both strategic and operational levels. That means embedding, testing and continuously improving the Framework, while ensuring it meets statutory responsibilities. You’ll also see that staff receive suitable training, so they’re equipped to act if the worst should happen. And if it does, you’ll be there to co-ordinate our response across ONR’s various teams. This is therefore a critical role, where you’ll be a central point of contact, as well as a source of expert advice for the Finance Director and the Head of Corporate Governance.   
The person
To drive incident management throughout the organisation, you need to be a strategic, dynamic and experienced leader. A qualified member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), you’ll have wide-ranging experience across incident management, business continuity and crisis management. You’ll also bring a proven ability to implement new approaches, along with a record of cross-directorate collaboration. Articulate, influential and brimming with initiative, you’ll have the motivation to engage others and take the lead in this exciting new development.  
The rewards
We offer competitive salaries at the ONR, with these roles attracting a salary of £51,203 - £58,638. In addition, up to £15,000 relocation may be available. Furthermore, you’ll be eligible for a substantial Civil Service Pension scheme (including ill-health retirement and lump sum family benefits). Plus, you’ll receive a very generous holiday entitlement.
About Us
ONR is a Public Corporation created to ensure the highest standards of safety and security across all of the UK’s licensed nuclear sites. Our inspectors are drawn from all manner of professional backgrounds including civil engineering, radiological protection, human factors, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear physics. And together they’re involved in everything from assessing safety cases to planned security inspections to the development and implementation of a new domestic safeguards regime. 
To find out more and apply, please visit our website by clicking on the link.
Apply for the role | Head of Business Continuity and Incident Management

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard published

BSI Shop - ISO 22301 purchase and download The new international standard ISO 22301 for Business Continuity has now been published and can be purchased and immediately downloaded from the BSI Shop HERE.
This ISO standard builds on one of the most successful management standards ever created by the BSI, BS 25999 that delivered both the guidance and requirements aspects needed to create Continuity and Build resilience. 
ISO 22301 is the requirements specification that sets out the details that should feature in your business continuity management programme to achieve recognised good practice. The associated guidance documents, ISO 22313, are currently in draft production and will be available later in the year or in early 2013.
For those who have already implementated or aligned with the leading national standards (such as BS 25999, the US version BCM.01 from ASIS and the BSI or SPC.01 the general framework for example) the general approach by the ISO will appear very familiar.
Most organisations will be able to effect a 'relatively' straightforward transition to ISO 22301- through a transition period - with most of the work being concentrated on the development of the BCMS process documentation.

ISO Business Continuity Standard 22301 approved

The ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System (Requirements) Standard has been approved by vote this week by the ISO Technical Committee (TC223).
Through this vote the way is now clear for the full publication of the Standard that we would expect to be available for purchase from the BSI and others in the early summer. 
Users of the British Standard BS 25999 will continue to be certified, at least until the expiration date, but is is likely that many will choose to adopt this the new Global Standard. 

Business Continuity and Risk events coming up

From one extreme to another! 
Dates for your diaries: 1st Dec, 26th January and 14th & 21st February
I'm delighted to let you know about some upcoming events from the Forum and our partners.
Starting, out of chronological order, but in order of complexity:

New York Hospital System Increases Communication to Improve Care

MIR3 Mass notification systemsHospitals are busy places where protecting the health and safety of patients, employees and visitors is vital. Find out how North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System ensures safety while minimizing interruptions that could impact the business of taking care of patients.

More from MIR3 ... Mass Notification systems 


*** Survey on BS25999 Usage ***

business continuity

This Business Continuity Survey is now closed.

The summary report will be issued in the 1st Qtr of 2011. If you would like more information please contact us directly.

Survey on BS25999 Usage

Some working in the field of Business Continuity may not remember a time before standards, but for many of us in the field for longer, the work of the BCM Committee of the BSI to create the world's first BCM standard was instrumental in developing much-needed consistency and credibility across the sector. The outcome of this work, BS25999, has been at the heart of much of the subsequent development in the discipline, and the BSI has one of the most successful Management Standards ever issued.

As BS25999 approaches its fourth birthday, the BSI BCM/1 committee, is looking to assess the experience and opinions of hundreds of practitioners and BCM managers all around the world on how they are applying BS25999 and its family of related standards and Published Documents in their organisations.

Consequently, the BCM/1 committee has developed the BS25999 2010 Survey, in conjunction with the Business Continuity Institute and the Continuity Forum, which they hope you will find the time to contribute to.

EVENT - "Commanding the Crisis" London 14th December

Business Continuity Forum Crisis Management event
Commanding the Crisis 
London 14th December 


New Event - Clarity in the Cloud - 25th November ***

Business Continuity Forum Cloud Computing Special event
Clarity in the Cloud Workshop/Seminar
London  -  25th November 


Moving to the Cloud video - An introductory video from IBM Center for the Business of Government

In this video Dr. Wyld examines the entry of the cloud computing phenomena into the government. He avoids the technical language and focuses on the business and societal impacts of cloud computing. He examines how this concept has changed the expectations of both the public and of government executives and managers.

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