Peach launch new Corporate Business Continuity Certification

London - 20 July 2007

The CEO of Peach, a compliance, risk and change management company in the UK, today announced the release of this unique certification scheme for companies, to help with their compliance.

The certification is based on the Author’s 34 year-experience and know-how that have helped blue chip companies and government agencies to save or increase revenue by an estimated 250-300 million US dollars.

For example, at Coutts, BCPM12ä – Business Continuity Planning & Management in 12 steps methodology, helped this bank to re-examine, improve and unify its old ways of business continuity planning and its implementation together with disaster recovery (DR) schemes. The technique was implemented successfully in the UK and in the bank’s overseas offices. Under UK, EU, and US legislation, business continuity and disaster recovery have become compulsory and the penalties for non-compliance are severe. In addition, all leading compliance mandates, such as Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Basel 2, and MiFID - Markets in Financial Instruments Directive require the equivalent of BCPM12ä, or something similar to be put in place and rehearsed and updated at least once or twice a year. Failure to comply could involve also criminal negligence charges on health, safety and environmental grounds.

In the UK, BS25999 Part One: the Business Continuity Management British Standard applies, and in various countries, an equivalent standard applies. Like all other Peach methodologies, no special software is involved; it’s all based on Microsoft Office applications.

The Institute of Management Specialists in the UK accredits Peach’s proven and successful techniques and training courses. IBM and other blue chip clients have hired Peach to examine their products and services and ways to improve them. After fit-gap analysis, identification and rectification of shortcomings, Peach helps their clients to attain their goals with its unique techniques, and subsequently certifies the products or services as ‘fit for purpose’.

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