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ICM wins expanded Recovery contract with Experian

ICM Business Continuity Services
Experian now has more than 300 work area recovery seats at ICM’s Nottingham centre for both call centre and back office staff.
Edward Sherley-Price, Head of Business Continuity at Experian, explains: "The location of ICM’s work area recovery centre is ideal for us. Should our offices become unavailable, the centre is on a city tram stop, near a motorway junction and has plenty of parking. It means that our staff can carry on work without disruption and get there in the usual way that they commute."

Business Continuity Basics Foundation Workshop - 14th Feb - Central London

Business Continuity Basics Are you on the right track?
Business Continuity - Workshop
14th Febuary 2012 - London EC4 
Booking is now closed 
Please contact us directly for the details of the next session. 
The Continuity Forum invites you to a specially built workshop event designed to get your planning off to the right start and ensure your planning delivers real value.
Through the day we break down Business Continuity Management into a series of easily manageable chunks that help you apply the lessons learned quickly and easily within your organisation.

Kuwait Business Continuity event focuses on regional development

Kuwait December 7, 2011. 
Business Continuity continued its development in the Middle East with the first Kuwait Forum event held at the Swiss-Belhotel Plaza on 30th November. 
Over 70 professionals from different organizations from the Financial, Manufacturing, Trading and Oil and gas sectors attended.

Our monthly Charities ...

 Some of the sharper eyed amongst you will have noticed that pretty recently we have added a new feature to the Business Continuity Forum Website. Its up there in the top right hand corner ... our monthly charity.
The Continuity, Emergency and Security aspects of industry have a close involvement and understanding of what can go wrong and how lives can be ruined through a myriad of causes. Many of us have witnessed first hand some of the terrible things that do happen in this world. 

Shadow Planner 4.2 release adds communication dimensions

ICM today announces Shadow-Planner 4.2 which, for the first time, will allow an organisation’s Business Continuity coordinator to initiate real-time two-way communication directly with relevant staff via email, or SMS during an incident. 
Coordinators will now have access to the complete functionality of Shadow-Planner while on the move via the Blackberry PlayBook tablet, and can synchronise BC Plans and contact information directly onto their Blackberry Smartphone. These innovations mean that coordinators are no longer tied to their desk and can immediately access critical information and pre-approved BC plans, wherever they are, saving precious time and minimising the impact of a crisis. 

Business Continuity Veteran Joins MIR3

Pickren’s BC/DR Expertise Allows MIR3 to Offer Expanded Consultative Offerings and Strategic Support
SAN DIEGO (July 21, 2011)—MIR3, the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification™ and response technology, announced today that Ann Pickren has joined the company as vice president of solutions, effective immediately. This new role enhances the level of strategic and consultative service MIR3 can provide to its growing base of customers.

ICM shares data on the causes of BCM plan invocation

ICM Business Continuity has released figures showing the causes of customer invocations from January through to June 2011. 
Out of 58 events 42 where related to hardware with 15 attributed to other causes including seven down to power issues and two instances each of Flooding, Fire and Data Corruption. There was even one denial of Access event.

Business Continuity Lead Auditor Course Special Offer

We are pleased to be able to offer you access to the BSI's BS 25999 Lead Auditor at a massive saving of well over £1000!  
The 5 day course will be run in central Manchester commencing on the following dates - 
6 June 2011 (2 places left @ £1000 + VAT)
18 July 2011 (£1100 + VAT)
 Refreshments and lunch included.  
The BSI advertised rate of circa £2300 per delegate however I can offer the course at significant discount rate per delegate (rate negotiable for multiple bookings). 

Business Continuity Awards - 2011

The CIR Business Continuity awards dinner was held last night at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel. 
The winners were:

MIR3 event to help with Hurricane preparations

MIR3 To Help Companies Prepare For Hurricane Season
Hurricane Seminar Will Look at 2011 Season Predictions and Offer Enterprise-Level Preparedness Solutions
In advance of the 2011 hurricane season—which begins June 1— ImpactWeather, Inc., an organization that helps businesses worldwide fulfill their safety, security, operational and risk management missions, with sponsorship support from MIR3, the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification™ and response technology, will present The 22nd Annual Hurricane Seminar for Business and Industry: Innovation, New Techniques and What to Expect in 2011. Taking place Tuesday, May 24, at the Hilton Houston Hobby Airport from 7:45 a.m. until noon, this year’s lineup will educate business and industry leaders on how to get, and stay, prepared for the hurricane season.

Global Continuity extends Global Assist reach with new deal

Global Continuity has signed agreements with Fusion Insurance Services and Oliva Underwriting Management to deliver Global Assist, GC's Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solution to the SME Sector and reduces potential costs for all parties. 

HML renews BS 25999

Financial outsourcer HML has had its BS25999 Business Continuity Planning Certificate renewed for the second year in succession.
KPMG visited HML’s Skipton and Derry sites to assess the company’s Business Continuity Management System and related planning, preparation and governance.
Dave Edlin, HML’s Business Continuity Specialist explained why external accreditation is so important for organisations: “Gaining the BS25999 Certificate gives HML’s stakeholders peace of mind that should the unexpected occur, business will continue as close to normality as possible.

BS25999 achieved by Vocal


The British Standards Institute has awarded Vocal, best known for its iModus notification system,  full BS25999 accreditation – the British standard of business continuity management. The accreditation incorporates the entire organisation and including the iModus system. 

ICM's latest version of Emergency Office now includes Voice and Apple

ICM has launched a new version of their Emergency Office Remote Working Solution with upgraded features that extend the capabilities of the service and raises the bar across the sector by adding voice capabilities.  
The Emergency Office is a remote working solution offering corporate data and now new telephony services from any PC over standard home broadband connection.

Phoenix Group reorganise - ICM & Servo to merge

From April, 2011 ICM and Servo are to  merge to create one company. The new combined business continuity group will employ more than 600 staff, offering strategic IT and business continuity services from 17 UK locations. 
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