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Business continuity veteran launches new BCM consultancy

A new UK-based company which aims to demystify business continuity management and make it easier and more straightforward than ever before has opened its doors for business.

With more than 15 years’ business continuity experience with RSA (Royal & SunAlliance), one of the UK’s leading general insurers and a FTSE 100 company, Ian Houghton’s trademark no-nonsense, down-to-earth approach will now be available to clients across the country with the launch of his own consultancy.

Called Easy BCM Ltd, Houghton’s new venture aims to make business continuity management easy to understand, implement and maintain for companies large and small.

“I’ve always believed that BCM should be approached in a sensible and straightforward way, to reflect the nature, scale and complexity of a business,” explains Houghton. “Too often plans are dictatorial and take no account of the industry, the size of the organization and the complexity of its operations.

“At Easy BCM we make business continuity management accessible and show clients that it can be a valuable asset for a company which can help drive improvements in many different areas.”

Despite launching only recently, Houghton’s new venture has already secured two major clients with more set to benefit from his straight-talking approach.

“BCM is about people and we’re passionate about what we do, whether it’s supporting you with BIA completion, writing plans or educating and training your critical teams,” continues Houghton, adding that designing and running tailor-made exercises is another speciality.

“Once plans and teams are in place, we can put both to the test through highly realistic exercises where a situation develops in real-time, including the all-important communications element, where journalists and TV crews are literally banging on the door demanding information.”

He concludes: “Whatever we do, we do it to the highest standards, as cost-effectively as possible – and always with a smile too!”

Paul Gant, managing director of Phoenix Shadow Planner, agrees: “In short, Ian gets things done. He achieves this through highly effective project and people management. He is straightforward, motivational and passionate about his work, supportive of the people he works with and always ready with a smile.”

Continues Gant: “Ian also possesses excellent skills as a committee chair, having established and led the Shadow Planner User Group over the past year. It’s hard to see how it would have got off the ground so successfully without him.”

He concludes: “Without doubt, RSA’s loss is industry’s gain – and I wish him all the best with Easy BCM.”

Ian can be contacted via email at ian@easy-bcm.co.uk.

•Date: 2nd October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

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