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Businesses face changing risk landscape in 2016

April 21, 2016 9:35 am

 The risk landscape for businesses is substantially changing in 2016. While businesses are less concerned about the impact of traditional industrial risks such as natural catastrophes or fire, they are increasingly worried about the impact of other disruptive events, fierce competition in their markets and cyber incidents.These are the key findings from the Allianz Risk Barometer […]

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Presentation to Bolton Chartered Insurance Institute on Business Continuity Planning

March 15, 2016 5:04 pm

I give a number of presentations each year to various groups around the country.I was delighted to be asked to speak on the subject of Business Continuity Planning to the Bolton CII at AXA’s Bolton branch on 9 February.I had an audience of over 50 insurers and brokers.With such a well- informed audience, it is […]

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9 reasons I don’t need a business continuity plan

February 22, 2016 5:22 pm

 Nothing serious has ever happened to my business, so really there is no need to go to the trouble and cost of planning for something that is not likely to happen. Our brand and reputation will see us through.We are good at what we do and are therefore ready for anything and have everything covered.Even […]

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Advice on flood resilience measures for businesses

January 13, 2016 4:44 pm

 The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published a reminder to UK businesses that have been damaged by flooding of the availability of government grants to fund flood resilience and resistance measures as properties are repaired. The Association of British Insurers says that Defra is soon due to set out more details of government funding […]

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Fukishima nuclear power station disaster was preventable – see latest report.

September 24, 2015 2:26 pm

  The worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown should never have happened. During the 2011 disaster, tsunami heights reached an estimated 13 metres at Fukushimi Dai-ichi – high enough to flood all of the backup generators and wash away power lines. Click here to read the details.

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Professional services firms: a soft route to the hackers’ real target?

August 27, 2015 2:57 pm

 I saw this article by Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group and wanted to pass on his advice. Professional services organisations such as law firms, accountancy and audit firms, management consultants, M&A advisers and recruitment companies are now being targeted because of the valuable and confidential information which they may hold on their clients, […]

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The particular business vulnerabilities of SME’s.

August 12, 2015 8:31 am

 Importance of the SME sector to the UK economy In 2014, there were 5.2 million businesses in the UK, over 99% of which were small and medium enterprises. SME’s employed 15.2 million people in the UK in 2014. The European Commission’s SME Performance Review estimates the Gross Value Added of SMEs as €473 billion or […]

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4 crisis management lessons from the Alton Towers tragedy

August 3, 2015 2:20 pm

I have been following the aftermath of the Alton Towers disaster with a mixture of human and professional interest. On June 2nd two cars on the rollercoaster crashed in to each other resulting in four serious and twelve minor injuries to those on the ride. Subsequently one of the riders had to have part of […]

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Social media workshop

October 20, 2014 5:37 pm

Since the early 1990’s John has been an active member of the Reading Insurance Institute. He has been asked to deliver various technical presentations on Business Continuity Planning. On the 13 November the Reading CII are running a Social Media Workshop. Involving John Basinger and Mary Carter, Managing Director of Business Fit Club, a Reading-based business […]

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