Q. When is a plan not a plan?


A. When it’s based on invalid assumptions, untested, out of date and/or no-one knows about it!


It’s one thing having a plan, but unless the assumptions it’s based on have been verified; unless the strategies and solutions that underpin it have been proven through exercising and testing; unless it’s kept up to date; and unless the people it relies on to put it into operation actually know about it, it’s not really a plan at all.

A continuous improvement programme will ensure your plans are effective and up to date. It will ensure an appropriate level of awareness and further develop the skills and abilities of your key people. In short, it will verify your business continuity capability.

Elements of your continuous improvement programme may include:

  • A programme of exercising and testing;
  • An organisation-wide awareness programme;
  • Targeted training for key teams or individuals;
  • Strategic reviews of the business continuity programme;
  • Periodic reviews and updates of crisis/incident management and business continuity plans.

Acumen can provide expert assistance in all of the above areas, helping you to maintain and further develop your organisation’s business continuity capability

What would you rather have? :

a) A plan that was written years ago, that’s been left to gather dust and few people even know exists;

b) A plan that’s proven to be effective, is kept up to date, that people know about and that has a fighting chance of working when you need it.

Delete as applicable!

Can We Help?

Our clients regularly ask us to come back and help with their continuous improvement programmes, including :

  • Project/programme management;
  • Audits, capability reviews and health checks;
  • Exercise and test planning, preparation, facilitation and monitoring;
  • Training courses, briefing sessions and workshops.

We’ve remained involved with several of our clients’ business continuity programmes for a number of years, so we must be getting something right!

To discuss how we might help you to maintain and further enhance your business continuity capability, email us at info@acumen-bcp.co.uk

What Our Clients Say

Andy is a reliable and trusted contact and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who is looking to embed Business Continuity in their workplace.

Andy Marshall
Head of Group Security & Resilience, EMEA