News 

December 2016 – Trends in Consulting Work

Merrycon reports that over the past year it has seen a distinct and long term shift in the Business Continuity (BC) consulting services that it is asked to provide to its clients away from implementations of  Business Continuity Management (BCM) programmes to designing and running exercises and making improvements to existing BCM programmes.  It is believed that this results from the fact that BC is now well established in many organisations, and that the emphasis is moving on to making improvements in BC capability.

November 2016 – The Exercise That Goes Wrong

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal Business Continuity consultant, assists Ian Charters, of Continuity Systems, in presenting “The Exercise That Goes Wrong” at the BCI World Conference in London. This session provides an interactive workshop that explores the pitfalls of poorly planned exercises. It provides a fun way to learn how NOT to exercise your plans - and is possibly the most entertaining session ever to be presented at a BC conference.

September 2016 – Continuity 2.0 Implementation

Merrycon starts works on a project with a client to look into the feasibility of implementing the new approach Business Continuity Management (BCM), known as Continuity 2.0. The aim of the project is to see if it’s possible, and desirable, to move away from the traditional process driven approach to one that focuses on results – improving the organisation’s resilience capability.

August 2016 – GPG Update for 2017 

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal Business Continuity consultant, is asked by the Business Continuity Institute (the BCI) to join the team of Business Continuity professionals updating its Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) for 2017. Mel is allocated to the group reviewing Professional Practice 4 (PP4) – Design, led by Mohan Menon.

May 2016 – Business Continuity Conference in Malaysia

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, presents a session on exercising and is a panellist in the plenary session at the GRCCS-BCI International Conference and Exhibition on Business Continuity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

January 2016 – A New Approach to Business Continuity

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, explains why he believes that Business Continuity needs a new way forward and that the traditional business continuity plan no longer works for today's organizations in an article published by Continuity Central (www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/business-continuity-news/781-a-new-approach-to-business-continuity).

November 2015 – BCI Worldwide Conference and Exhibition 

BCI Worldwide Conference and Exhibition: Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, presents a session entitled "The BCP is Dead!" in the Future Resilience Practice Stream of the Conference.

September 2015 – BCI Webinar 

As part of the BCI's Education Month, Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, presents a webinar on 16 September entitled "Planning a BC Training and Awareness Campaign.

August 2015 – Presentation Accepted for BCI World 

A presentation entitled "The BC Plan is Dead!" by Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, has been accepted for the BCI World Conference to be held in London in November.

May 2015 – BC Course in Kuala Lumpur 

As part of its international affiliate agreement with GRCCS, Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, presents the Business Continuity Institute’s (BCI’s) 5 day Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) training course in Kuala Lumpur.

March 2015 – GRCC Affiliate

Merrycon is pleased to announce an international affiliate agreement with GRC Consulting Services Sdn Bhd (GRCCS) of Malaysia. GRCCS provides consulting services in Governance, Risk, and Compliance, and is a licensed training provider for the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in Malaysia and China.

September 2014 – Mel Gosling is awarded Fellowship of the BCI

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal BC consultant, is awarded Fellowship of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).

September 2014 – BCI Webinar 

As an Approved Instructor, the BCI asks Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal BC consultant, to take part in its Education Month by presenting a webinar. The webinar, entitled "What loss should I plan for" examines the concept of a maximum scale of loss and why many organisations fail to make a decision of this vital aspect of the scope of their BCM programme. 

April 2014 – BCI Trainer Accreditation 

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, has been accredited by the BCI as a trainer for its GPG training course, which prepares candidates for the BCI’s certification exam. Mel has been providing this course for many years through Continuity Shop, but the BCI has recently decided to accredit individual trainers.

March 2014 – Prolonged Recovery Test 

Merrycon successfully carries out a month long test of its recovery plans by moving its operations to Hong Kong for a full month. A number of lessons were learned, as would be expected, but Merrycon is now confident that it is has the capability to relocate across continents at a moment’s notice with minimal disruption in services to its clients. Key to this capability is cloud backup of Merrycon’s data and the use of cloud based applications. 

November 2013 - BCM World Conference

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, facilitates Stream A of the BCM World Conference in London, and in conjunction with Continuity Shop presents the BCI's Good Practice Guidelines training course around the Conference. This gives delegates the opportunity to attend the Conference and sit the training course and the Certificate of the BCI exam (CBCI) in one neat package.

August 2013 - Article in Continuity magazine

An article entitled "From the opening plays to the end move" by Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal consultant, is published in the Q3 edition of the BCI's magazine Continuity. The article explores the progression from the initial response to the close of an incident, and finds similarities with chess. 

June 2013 - BCI Cloud Computing Workshop

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal BC consultant, presents "The Cloud and what it offers BCM" for the BCI in its webinar on 27th June. 

June 2013 - BCI European Awards

Continuity Shop wins the Business Continuity Provider of the Year(Service) at Wednesdays BCI Inaugural European Awards in Brussels - Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal BC consultant, is one of Continuity Shop's trainers.

May 2013 - Council of Europe

Merrycon is pleased to announce that it is part of a consortium that has been awarded the contract to provide BC consultancy to the Council of Europe, in Brussels. The other members of the consortium are Continuity Systems Limited and Absolute Business Continuity Ltd. 

April 2013 - GPG 2013

Merrycon updates its approach to BCM in line with the BCI's 2013 version of the Good Practice Guidelines.

March 2013 - BCM World Conference 2013

Following the success of Stream A at last year's BCM World Conference and Exhibition, Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal Business Continuity consultant, has been asked to facilitate Stream A again at this year's conference to be held in London in November. Stream A takes the delegates through the BCM Lifecycle and enabling them to explore the practical implementation of BCM by working in groups to come up with solutions to typical implementation problems using a hypothetical organisation.

February 2013 - Updated In-House Courses

Merrycon updates its range of in-house Business Continuity training courses.

January 2013 - BCI Publishes Mel Gosling's Paper

The BCI publishes the final paper from Stream A of its 2012 BCM World Conference, which has been produced by Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal Business Continuity consultant, and facilitator of Stream A.

December 2012 - Exam Questions

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal Business Continuity consultant, provides the BCI with 50 new exam questions for its revised certification exam which will be based on the 2013 version of its Good Practice Guidelines.

November 2012 - BCM World Conference

Mel Gosling, Merrycon's principal Business Continuity consultant, facilitates Stream A of the BCM World Conference. Stream A is sponsored by Continuity Shop, and takes delegates through the BCM Lifecycle using a hypothetical case study. 

October 2012 – Updated BCM Approach

Merrycon updates its approach to the implementation of BCM in line with the BCI’s new Good Practice Guidelines (GPG), which is planned to be launched during Business Continuity Awareness Week in 2013, and ISO 22301.

September 2012 – New Good Practice Guidelines

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal BCM consultant, assists the BCI in finalising the draft of its new Good Practice Guidelines (GPG), which is planned to be launched during Business Continuity Awareness Week in 2013.

July 2012 – Nearly 100% merits

All but one of the candidates recently taking the BCI’s certification achieve a pass with merit after attending a recent Continuity Shop BCI 5 day GPG training course run by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal BCM consultant.

June 2012 – Record Half Year

Merrycon is pleased to announce that it has had a record half year in terms of revenue, and expects this to continue in the second half of 2012.

May 2012 – BCM World Conference

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle Business Continuity consultant, starts work on the preparation for Stream A of the BCI’s BCM World Conference being held in November. Stream A will be the stream to attend if for those who are looking for guidance in how to solve the practical issues of the implementation of BCM. Mel has been selected as the facilitator by the Stream’s sponsor, Continuity Shop.

April 2012 – Workshops and Training in Malaysia

Merrycon delivers two Business Continuity workshops (BIA and Developing BCPs) and the Business Continuity Institute’s GPG training course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on behalf of EJF Consulting Services.

March 2012 – Lead Role in GPG Re-write

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle Business Continuity consultant, is asked by the Business Continuity Institute to take the lead role in writing section 4 (Determining Business Continuity Strategy) of the latest version of its Good Practice Guidelines.

February 2012 – Review Against BS 25999

Merrycon successfully completes a review of the Business Continuity arrangements of the subsidiary of a large international company against the British Standard for Business Continuity, BS 25999.

January 2012 – Merits For Most

Of the 8 people that attended the Business Continuity Institute’s Good Practice Guidelines 5 Day training course in the Cotswolds given by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle Business Continuity consultant, on behalf of Continuity Shop, 6 achieved a pass with Merit in the Business Continuity Institute’s exam.

January 2012 – Merrycon Invokes BCP

Following a failure of its NAS drive, Merrycon successfully invoked its Business Continuity Plan. Merrycon’s systems were immediately recovered to a sustainable level, and within 3 days a new NAS drive had been installed brining operations back to a normal level. No data was lost.

December 2011 – 300 Trained in BCI’s Good Practice Guidelines

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle Business Continuity consultant, who delivers Business Continuity training on behalf of Continuity Shop, has now trained more than 300 people in the Business Continuity Institute’s Good Practice Guidelines.

November 2011 – Business Continuity Clinic

In combination with Intellect (The Technology Trade Association), Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle Business Continuity consultant, will be holding a Business Continuity Clinic in London for its members. Intellect represents more than 800 companies ranging from SMEs to multinationals.

October 2011 – Mataco Videos

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle Business Continuity consultant, works with Najeda Online Marketing to produce a series of 5 videos for Savant explaining the benefits of using the Mataco system to manage a Business Continuity programme.

June 2011 – Article in Continuity

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle Business Continuity consultant, has an article published in Continuity magazine on the need for organisations to ensure that they hold a debrief following an incident.

April 2011 – Updated Training Course

Merrycon has updated its portfolio of Business Continuity training courses for 2011with the latest ideas and thinking on the subject. These courses are run in-house for clients, and can be customised to meet individual requirements.

February 2011 – Good Practice Guidelines E-Learning

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal Business Continuity consultant, has been commissioned by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) to work with Richard Middleton of e-learna to develop the new version of its Good Practice Guidelines E- Learning product. Richard is designing and developing the new E-learning product, with Mel providing the subject matter expertise.

January 2011 – Definition of MTPD

An article by Mel Gosling (Merrycon’s principal Business Continuity consultant) arguing that the current definition of the term Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption (MTPD) not only causes confusion, but is actually wrong, and needs to be replaced by a definition that will ensure that the concept is both readily understood and used as originally intended the definition of the term MTPD, is published by Continuity Central. One of the comments on the article stated “Mel has totally understood the problem with MTPD and has articulated it far better than I ever could. Excellent article.”

December 2010 – BCI’s GPG Course

Merrycon is commissioned by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) to update the its 5 day Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) training course, which is based on the 2010 version of the GPG, to version 3.1.

November 2010 – The Next Step for BCM

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant, who was invited to provide his expert opinion as a “leading market practitioner” on the next evolutionary leap forward for BCM by Continuity magazine, has his ideas published in its September/October issue.

October 2010 – BCI’s Membership Committee

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant, steps down from the BCI’s Membership Committee after serving for 4 years. During that time Mel played a significant role in developing the BCI’s Certification Exam and E-Learning Programme, as well as acting as both a Chief Reviewer and Practice Group Leader for the 2010 version of the BCI’s Good Practice Guidelines, and was the developer of the BCI’s new 5 day GPG training course.

September 2010 – The Business Continuity Consultants’ Blog

Merrycon launches its Business Continuity Consultants’ Blog, written by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant.

August 2010 – Merits All Round in the BCI Certification Exam

Every delegate that attended the new 5 day Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) training course in May delivered by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant, that have taken the BCI’s certification exam have achieved a Pass with Merit. This course was delivered in conjunction with Continuity Shop.

July 2010 – Mataco Case Study

Merrycon starts work on producing a complete end to end BCM implementation case study using Mataco, the new web based Business Continuity system developed by Savant in partnership with Merrycon. The end result will provide a comprehensive example of the documents that are produced when implementing BCM.

June 2010 – 90% Pass the ISEB Exam in Athens

In conjunction with Continuity Shop, Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant, successfully delivers the ISEB 5 day BCM training course in Athens, and over 90% of the delegates subsequently pass the ISEB Practitioner Certificate in BCM exam.

May 2010 – Mataco Implementation BCI’s GPG Course

In conjunction with Continuity Shop, Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant, successfully delivers the BCI’s new 5 day Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) training course, which is based on the 2010 version of the GPG.

April 2010 – Mataco Implementation

Version 2 of Mataco, the new web based Business Continuity system developed by Savant in partnership with Merrycon, is released.

March 2010 – Kent County Council Seminar

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant, presents a case study on ensuring supplier continuity at the Kent County Council Emergency Planning Group seminar.

March 2010 – Training in China

In conjunction with Continuity Shop, Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principle business continuity consultant, delivers the BCI’s 5 day training course to employees of SGS in Shenzhen, China.

March 2010 – Mataco Implementation

Kent County Council, the first user of the new web based Business Continuity system, Mataco, which has been developed by Savant in partnership with Merrycon, successfully completes its implementation. Mataco is now being used by Kent County Council to maintain and develop its Business Continuity Management (BCM) programme.

February 2010 – BCI’s GPG Course

Merrycon is commissioned by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) to produce the new version of its 5 day Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) training course, which is based on the 2010 version of the GPG.

January 2010 – Record Year

Merrycon is pleased to announce that 2009 was its best year to date for Business Continuity consulting.

December 2009 – Sale of Mataco

The new web based Business Continuity system, Mataco, which is being developed by Savant in partnership with Merrycon, has been selected for use by an NHS trust to support their implementation of Business Continuity Management (BCM).

November 2009 – Standards: A Curse or a Blessing?

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal consultant in Business Continuity, makes a controversial and thought provoking presentation at the BCM World Conference and Exhibition in London.

October 2009 – Supplier Continuity

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal consultant in Business Continuity, has an article on the importance of ensuring continuity in the supply chain published in Continuity Magazine.

October 2009 – County Council selects Mataco

Mataco, the new system to support the BCM process, has been selected by one of the UK’s largest county councils. The web based solution will help the council collate critical function data and integrate it with associated response guidance. It will link to other sources of information in order to safeguard the interests of its key stakeholders. The solution will support the county council’s accreditation to BS25999-1:2006.

September 2009 – Merrycon Partners with Savant to build new BC System

Specialist software firm Savant Limited is partnering with Merrycon in building a new system to support the BCM process. Savant, a Lake District based company, will build the new system as a flexible web based solution. Merrycon will be providing specialist knowledge of Business Continuity issues and requirements, with Savant developing the system and providing support. The new system will be known as Mataco.

August 2009 - Business Continuity Analysis Course

Merrycon announces the availability of its new 2 day in-house workshop to provide training in how to undertake the key elements of business continuity analysis that underpin the development of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) : Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and Continuity Requirements Analysis (CRA).

August 2009 - Community Resilience

Community Resilience, the non-profit organisation working with local, regional and national government, the police, fire brigade, ambulance service, NHS, and voluntary organisations, selects Mel Gosling, Merrycon's Managing Director, as one of its business continuity consultants following strong recommendations from a local authority.

July 2009 – System Upgrade

Merrycon announces the upgrade of its Microsoft Access based business continuity system to Office 2007. Users that do not have Office 2007 can continue to use the existing version, or can elect to use a runtime version of Access 2007, supplied free of charge, by Microsoft.

June 2009 – ISEB Exam Success

Merrycon's principal business continuity consultant, Mel Gosling, has tested his knowledge of Business Continuity Management by sitting the British Computer Society's Business Continuity Management Practitioner exam. Merrycon is relieved to report that he passed the exam with a score of 86%.

April 2009 – Merrycon Bucks the Trend

Merrycon is pleased to announce that the first quarter of 2009 was its busiest on record for providing business continuity services, bucking the downward trend of the UK economy.

March 2009 – BCM in the Middle East

An article by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal consultant in Business Continuity, providing a practical guide to implementing Business Continuity Management (BCM), is published in the Middle East's Business and Finance magazine, Capital.

February 2009 – Merrycon Provides BC Services to JMG

Merrycon has been appointed by the insurance broking company JM Glendinning to provide business continuity services to its clients.

February 2009 – SMEs: Stop the preaching

Continuity Magazine publishes an article by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal consultant in Business Continuity, and Andrew Hiles, Managing Director of Kingswell International, which puts forward the view that the time has come to stop preaching to an audience that doesn't want to listen and using scare tactics that cannot be substantiated, and to start taking action to improve the resilience of small organisations on which most people depend for their livelihood.

January 2009 – BCM case Study

Merrycon provides a complete Business Continuity Management (BCM) case study for use by Continuity Shop in its public Business Continuity Institute Good Practice Guidelines Training Programme. This case study contains a comprehensive and in depth example of the implementation of the BCM life cycle by a commercial organisation, and will be used by the students in the training programme to provide a practical reinforcement of the theory presented.

December 2008 – Too Much Jargon

Following the debate held at the Business Continuity Institute's 2008 Symposium on whether or not there is too much jargon in Business Continuity Management (BCM), Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal consultant in Business Continuity, has his views published published in the Soap Box feature in Continuity Magazine.

November 2008 – Bad Practice Guidelines

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal consultant in Business Continuity, has his summary Bad Practice Guidelines published in Continuity Magazine. The idea for a Bad Practice Guidelines came about during a meeting of the BCI’s GPG Quality Review working group. What started off as just an amusing idea has a serious purpose. Just because a practice isn’t in the Good Practice Guidelines it doesn’t mean that it’s Bad Practice. By using this Guide, practitioners should be able to identify some of the more common Bad Practices that are still to be found in the world of business continuity.

October 2008 – Use Consultants

The Business Continuity seminar held in the north of England for local Health care organisations, presented by Mel Gosling of Merrycon and Emily Thompson of Living Continuity, proves to be a much needed and popular event. Comments from delegates include “I do believe that it is important to bring Consultants in to do the job as it focuses the organisation to the job in hand. If left to an employee there is not the same buy in from management”

September 2008 – Merrycon Hits 50

Merrycon’s Business Continuity system has now been implemented in more than 50 organisations, providing an easy to use and flexible tool that enables its clients to keep their Business Continuity and Incident Management plans up to date.

September 2008 – Clients Come Back for More

Two clients, for whom Merrycon developed Business Continuity Plans back in 2004, have come back to Merrycon to re-start their now dormant Business Continuity Management programmes.

August 2008 – Health Service Seminar

Border Continuity announces that it is holding a seminar on Business Continuity in Penrith on 14th October for Primary Care organisations in the Health Service. This seminar is free of charge and is presented by Mel Gosling of Merrycon and Emily Thompson of Living Continuity. It will enable those tasked with implementing Business Continuity in their organisation to learn about how other Primary Care organisations in the Health Service have tackled the complex issues of Business Continuity Management in the NHS.

August 2008 – Border Continuity

Merrycon establishes a marketing partnership with Living Continuity Ltd, called Border Continuity, to provide business continuity services to organisations in the north of England and the south of Scotland.

July 2008 – BCI’s Test & Exercise Planning Workshop

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s principal Business Continuity consultant, presents on “Participation & Preparation” at the BCI’s Test & Exercise Planning Workshop held in Leeds in the UK.

July 2008 – In-house BCM Workshops

Merrycon announces the availability of its new set of in-house Business Continuity Management (BCM) workshops, based on the 2008 Good Practice Guidelines produced by the Business Continuity Institute, aimed at organisations that have a need to train staff in the theory and practice of BCM.

June 2008 – Paper for BCI Symposium

Merrycon’s paper, “Ensuring Continuity of Outsourced Services”, is accepted for presentation at the 2008 BCI Symposium for senior practitioners – Taking BCM to the Next Level

May 2008 – Exercise Scenarios

Merrycon releases a software tool for use by Business Continuity professionals to generate and specify scenarios and scripts for use in exercising Business Continuity and Incident management Plans.

April 2008 - Business Continuity Conference

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s Managing Director, and Principal Business Continuity Consultant, speaks at the Business Continuity Conference at ExCeL London on the evidence that BCM really works.

February 2008 - Investing in Business Continuity

Capital, the Business & Finance magazine for the Middle East, publishes an article by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s Managing Director, and Principal Business Continuity Consultant, on why organisations should invest in Business Continuity.

January 2008 - Recovery of Critical Systems

An article by Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s Managing Director, and Principal Business Continuity Consultant, on the need to test the recovery of critical computer systems is published in the technology issue of the Disaster Resource Guide.

December 2007 - Merrycon’s BCM Approach

Merrycon updates its introductory document on Business Continuity Management .(BCM) to explain how Merrycon’s approach enables an organisation’s to start implementing the BCM process quickly, easily, and at an affordable price.

October 2007 - SME Case Study

Mel Gosling, Merrycon’s Managing Director, and Principal Business Continuity Consultant, presents a case study at a seminar for SME’s organised by Leeds City Council on how one of Merrycon’s clients used its Business Continuity Plan in response to a flood.

July 2007 - Service Continuity Plan Pilots

Merrycon pilots its new Service Continuity Plan packages for Primary Care Providers with a Dentist in Cumbria and a GP in Leicestershire.