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Crisisboardroom: The answer to handling a crisis as margins are squeezed

Posted on 4th November 2019 at 09:42am

After months of real life and simulation exercises, Crisisboardroom®, a new tool to help businesses manage a crisis is being launched tomorrow (November 5, 2019) at the BCI World Conference and Exhibition in London.

This all-in-one kit comprises a mobile case containing everything an organisation needs to control extremely stressful and fast-moving situations. Indeed, Crisisboardroom has already proved invaluable in serious incidents across the world, including in the US, UK, China, Germany and Belgium.

Crisisboardroom is the invention of a team comprising experts in crisis management and business continuity. Team members designed it from their own experience in major emergencies and from watching other organisations in crisis situations. Head of the company, Russ Timpson, has a background in Royal Navy submarines, Fire Service and the airline industry.

He says: “There is currently a colossal pressure on businesses with margins being cut back and it becomes impossible to meet every single target with pressing budgets. It is in this gap when a business measures risks where Crisisboardroom becomes a valuable tool. Leaders prepare for a crisis hoping they never have to face one in their whole careers. This toolkit takes the organisational lead for them in the event they have to activate their crisis plans.”

Crisisboardroom is designed to be a portable resource kit, providing a simple and effective command tool to visualise the status of a crisis. It contains templates and checklists for crisis command with tools and accessories that, over years of use in real situations, have been found to enhance a crisis response.

For the Crisisboardroom team, evidence of the effectiveness of the kit comes from the people who use it and know first-hand of its value, both in simulations and real-life tests. A client who used it in a real-life scenario notes: “The boardroom kit provided a ready-made structure and process for quickly restoring business operations. The set up by functional requirements saved time during the critical golden hour, while allowing us to set focused objectives.” Another customer acting as a gold commander in a simulation says that he does not think he could have carried out the role without it.

Within the kit, a crisis response team will find n easy to follow process for efficient command in the heat of a crisis event that provides a structure and shape to the crisis response. Use of the kit does not require extensive training or preparation, it is based on techniques that have been tried and tested globally. Crisisboardroom is made up of low-tech resilient tools – ie no wires or IT – so it can be used effectively even if power is down.

Russ Timpson says: ‘We found businesses do have good business continuity plans written up, but the problem was that when an emergency happened, no one had read them. We know this kit is effective. It works. It’s designed to be intuitive.”

Crisisboardroom offers a free training session with every kit purchased, to ensure it is used effectively.

Read the full story behind Crisisboardroom’s inception and development here and watch a video here

Businesses interested in Crisisboardroom are invited to meet the team at the BCI World Conference and Exhibition in London on November 5–6, 2019 at the Novotel London, West Hammersmith, W6 8DR, UK 

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