This week’s sad business news has to be cessation of shipbuilding at Pompey, for centuries, the proud home of our Royal Navy. You can argue that BAE has favoured Govan for political reasons but this only detracts from the main issue.
We should remember the effect closure of car manufacturers in the Midlands had upon smaller automotive suppliers. The same will be said for the many companies which support shipbuilding in the south. The tragic circumstances doesn’t just rest with the unfortunate craftsmen of BAE in Portsmouth. There are many other companies in the supplier and contractor network.
As we manage risk in our businesses, good practice suggests we must monitor our complete supply chain. Both essential suppliers and major customers are constantly under the microscope. Disruption to either direction in our supply chain brings serious business continuity issues for our own companies. There are solutions. Diversification of both products and clients, along with multiple source for supply of materials and specialist services is practiced by many a savvy organisation.
Aircraft carriers are pretty large. Their project duration is extensive and one can easily think “Ooh, where’s the next one in the pipeline?” BAE maybe should have managed its business continuity a little better, or is that an excuse for those smaller supplying companies, who could diversify and provide services to cruise ship maintenance?
The lesson we all learn here has to be how close scrutiny of our suppliers and customers leads to improved business continuity.
It’s just good business sense…
Give me a call, or complete the form below, I’ll ask a couple of questions and offer some thoughts, we can then decide the next steps.
With kind regards – Gareth
Gareth Crompton, MBCI
Abide Consulting Limited
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