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5th Nov - 'Business Continuity' for Your Business

Breakfast briefing: If disaster struck would your business survive?
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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

18 Great Guildford St

18 Great Guildford St
London SE1


Missed the event or looking for further information on BCP's? You can contact Derek Mason on derekmason.sbcs [at]


On 29 August the government/MI5 raised the official UK threat level from international terrorism from MODERATE to SEVERE, meaning a terrorist attack on the UK mainland is highly likely. Recent events reported in the media have not lessened this threat.

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, etc.

  • 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...

Fortunately you will have the ideal opportunity to develop your plans at our free to attend breakfast networking event on Wednesday, 5 November. 90 minutes of your time could make the difference between your company surviving a major incident or otherwise...

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. Light breakfast will be provided.

 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)


This event is open to Better Bankside members only. Interested in becoming a member? Find out more here


Aug 13 2014