For many businesses, the last 6 months have been a battle for survival and, on a theoretical level, this would appear to be exactly what Business Continuity Planning should be all about. However, since anecdotal evidence suggests that very few plans had considered this scale of crisis, it begs the question whether we have over-complicated our processes and are now missing the fundamental point of resilience planning?
Should Africa take a continental view of Higher Education post COVID-19? There are certainly many reasons why they should and COVID may provide an excellent opportunity to do just that. India’s new National Education Policy contains much that could be relevant to Africa as well, and Morocco could play a leading role in guiding Africa towards the provision of a joined-up, continent wide Higher Education system fit for the 21st century.
Many African nations took a very proactive approach to COVID in an attempt to mitigate the effect on their fragile health systems; however, from a purely economic perspective, prolonged lockdown and quarantine will have a significant effect. Businesses that routinely trade with Africa need to be assured that partners or suppliers are suitably resilient but may also need support if they are to stay afloat at all. Inverroy’s Africa Lead, Toby Ingram considers these issues and looks at Business Continuity and Resilience from a global perspective.
During the COVID lockdown, the number of people using subscription TV services such as Netflix has gone up significantly but, due to the recession, traditional broadcasters’ advertising revenue has gone down. Moreover, due to the need for COVID restrictions, the production of new TV material has all but disappeared. Subscription services are hoovering up any new TV shows that do exist by outbidding the traditional broadcasters, leaving the unpleasant prospect for the BBC/ITV of empty schedules or endless repeats in the years to come. Are we watching the end of traditional TV broadcasting?
We’ve seen countless political u-turns in recent months that have been decried by the media or opposition parties but is this really fair? In a modern-day society, if a leader is able to identify when the plan needs changing and has the courage to do so, should this not be seen as a strength rather than a weakness? Inverroy Senior Consultant, Stu Wallace, investigates….
If a second wave of COVID was to hit the UK or one of your key supplier’s operating base areas, would you be as prepared as you can be? Have you found the time and energy to document all the good things that you did so that they can be repeated if required? Have you identified the areas where your response could be improved? Have you talked to your Tier 1 suppliers to ensure that they are as prepared as possible? This short article will explore a few of the things we might be considering now, just in case.
This month’s blog is a guest article by a friend of Inverroy who felt so strongly about a recent issue that he volunteered to do an article for our blog. Sandy Williams (Artificial Lift Performance Ltd) tells the story of the unexpected death of his Mum and recounts how his family recovered (kind of) from the situation, spared their Dad some additional pain and coped – giving her a wonderful funeral. It also provides advice that we should all bear in mind to help an incredibly tough time slightly easier….
Globalisation is the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale; but has Coronavirus compelled us to view globalisation in a new light and consider where in the world we might be vulnerable?