More than 65 delegates from a range of both local and national organisations such as Harrods; Sainsbury’s; Red Bull Technology; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Age UK Milton Keynes and Cousins Safety Ltd, attended the Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum’s Exercise Winchester event, which was designed as an interactive scenario to help businesses explore how their organisation would continue to operate given a dramatic loss of staff and the wider implications of a pandemic incident.
The event which took place at Windmill Hill Golf Club featured an exhibition including; (x)Matters; ClearView Continuity; Risk Centric; DSM; T-Systems; PwC and Public Health MK.
Exercise Winchester was opened by Carole Mills, CEO Milton Keynes Council. There was an insightful presentation from Dr. Marianne Vinson from Public Health England about the current Ebola outbreak and a useful recap on the seriouness of Pandemic Influenza and steps that businesses could take to minimise infection.
The main focus of the day was the business continuity exercise, which was facilitated by an expert team from PwC. Businesses were guided through a changing scenario, which prompted many useful discussions.
The day was rounded of with an engaging presentation from (x)Matters, regarding the importance of Crisis Communications during any incident.