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17 October - If disaster struck would your business survive?

Gain practical insights on how your business can survive a disaster
Time and details: 
8.30-10am
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

"At 08.45am on a Monday morning a major fire takes hold at your work location following an explosion. Everyone is evacuated. There are casualties. Many are traumatised. Police are stopping your employees outside a 400m radius away from your workplace. The mobile networks are down. Your workplace and contents have been totally destroyed..."

Would your company know where to start recovering?

Now, more than ever, is the time to develop, review and test your company’s Business Continuity plans and associated initial emergency actions should disaster strike as a result of terrorism or indeed a ‘lesser’ major incident such as fire, flood, gas explosion, pandemic and riots.

  • There are approximately 400,000 incidents from fires alone in the UK each year
  • 90% of businesses that suffer a significant loss of data go out of business within 2 years
  • 80% of businesses affected by a major incident never re-open or close within 18 month
  • Yet only 49% of businesses have Business Continuity Plans

This free breakfast session, run by Derek Mason (arguably the UK's most experienced Business Continuity Manager), will present easy steps that you can take to ensure that your business could survive a disaster of any kind; an issue that may otherwise stay at the bottom of to-do lists until something goes wrong. 

Derek has had 17 years Business Continuity Management (BCM) experience within HSBC as their UK Business Continuity Manager. He has unequalled business experience of recovering from major disasters (and numerous other lesser incidents). He is quick to point out this is due to the size and spread of the HSBC locations rather than HSBC being a particular terrorist target or suffering from an ancient curse! He led HSBC through major incidents such as the IRA bombing campaign in the 1990’s (including the total loss of 22 and 12 storey Head Office buildings), water ingress, the Buncefield oil depot explosion and many other lesser "everyday" incidents. All of which have (or could have) impacted his organisation and HSBC’s customers.

Derek has helped develop a sound and practical Business Continuity Management approach within HSBC based upon these experiences, using simple, cost effective practices which are equally at home in smaller businesses. His previous background was in IT and included Data Centre and Telecommunication Network Operations.

He has presented at several local authority and business club BCM events and at Sheffield University. He is passionate about his subject and is now available to pass on his cost effective and proven approach to smaller companies through his SIMPLE BUSINESS CONTINUITY SOLUTIONS business (but without the exorbitant consultancy costs and contingency solutions normally associated with this subject).

Nov 24 2015