‘Business as Usual’ in Egypt?

Edward Marks, CEO of Barclays Egypt and North Africa recently gave Sixth Formers an interesting perspective on the crisis in Egypt and how it impacted on business and banking strategy. He focused on his role of keeping everyone safe in the scenario of Egyptian rioters breaking into the bank, despite this potentially meaning evacuating and leaving behind a vast amount of money. He related the need for him to pay attention to detail in order to realise and react to a crisis, with the need for firms to adapt to change in order to survive. The underlying message was that it is important not to assume that it’s just ‘business as usual’ and to have a plan for continuity management.

By Dan Rogers, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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