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4th July - How to Survive a Disaster

80% of businesses affected do not recover from disasters
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Monday, 2 July 2012
18 Great Guildford Street,
London SE1 0FD

You can contact Derek Mason on derekmason.sbcs [at] (subject: Business%20Continuity)


"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?

Fire, Floods, Terrorist threats, Riots, Pandemics, Long-term electrical failure:

  • 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 months
  • Yet only 49% of businesses have Business Continuity Plans...

Come along to this free breakfast briefing to hear easy steps that you can take to ensure that your business could survive a disaster of any kind.

Run by Derek Mason, arguably the UKs most experienced Business Continuity Manager, the session is an easy opportunity to address an issue that may otherwise stay at the bottom of to-do lists until something goes wrong.

Derek Mason 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. More recently Derek ensured BS25999 Business Continuity concepts were firmly embedded within HSBC and implemented a combined but simple Business Impact Analysis and Business Continuity Planning process whilst minimising costs. 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 27 2012