15th January 2018 … National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not for profit initiative that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, is celebrating the success of its first Members’ Day, which took place at the Trent Vineyard Conferencing suite on 9th January. With the theme of Creating a Safer Connected Workspace, over 150 delegates comprising retailers, security providers, technology providers, police business crime leads and police and crime commissioners gathered to hear about the latest trends and technology associated with reducing business crime.
Presentations were given by leading industry experts from NBCS, CapIndex, Mitie, Athelney Group, Hikvision, CSL DualCom Group, as well as cybersecurity guru, Simon Lacey, and the police and crime commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Paddy Tipping. The subjects they addressed stimulated discussion and debate on how to manage business in order to provide a safer and more connected workspace.
The event also featured an update on NBCS and what’s happening within the organisation including its new operating system, its work to prevent child sexual exploitation and its violence reduction strategy. There were also regular breaks during the day that enabled individuals to network, ask questions and get ‘hands-on’ with in-depth product demonstrations.
The atmosphere was relaxed, informative and enjoyable for all attendees and helped to bridge the gap between technology providers and end users.
Jason Towse, Managing Director of Mitie’s Security Management business presented on Safer and Better Together: Rethinking Security; delivering a strong message to the audience on the need for the private security industry to work in collaboration with the police in supporting businesses with the challenges brought about by the changing threat landscape, particularly in the retail sector. After the event he commented, ‘This was an excellent event and our partnership with NBCS provides a great opportunity to offer our clients greater security. We look forward to working together through this innovative new partnership model and helping to reduce crime and risk for UK businesses.’
These sentiments were echoed by John Goy, sales director at CSL DualCom Group, who added, ‘It was great to be able to talk to delegates about how we can help overcome network connectivity challenges in the retail sector. This was a highly worthwhile event for all concerned and we are looking forward to working together with NBCS as part of our shared ethos to design out and reduce crime.’
The brainchild of NBCS managing director, Daniel Hardy, the Members’ Day aimed to bring the NBCS member base closer together. Having recently joined NBCS, Phil Wring, senior business development manager at Hikvision UK & Ireland, welcomed the opportunity to present information about the changing face of electronic security, and stated, ‘We are pleased to have partnered with NBCS and be able to demonstrate the latest industry-leading technology, which helps both of our organisations deliver on our mutual aim of cutting business crime through collaboration.’
The Athelney Group also relished the chance to talk about the ways that bringing businesses and the police together can result in improved response and performance. Its managing director, Bernie Gravett, commented, ‘Intelligence sharing is vital and however, this will lead to the detention of the most prolific offenders. An area where there is business risk opportunity is safe and secure detention rooms. Most suspects are taken to offices and security colleagues will guard them until the police arrive. This can be hours. Conflict and injury risks occur at this time, and staff are taken away from their prevention and reassurance roles. This can be prevented by using the Athelney Group’s ‘Safer Detention Unit’ or SDU – a low-cost secure holding solution that isolates the suspect and protects staff. The SDU can be installed in an hour and comes complete with CCTV, audio recording and is ligature free. Safety in the workplace is paramount, the SDU will reduce violence and aggression in the workplace, lowering absence through sickness and could reduce business costs”
Daniel Hardy was delighted with the response to the first NBCS Members’ Day and plans are already underway for the next event. He concluded, ‘NBCS members comprise some of the UK’s largest companies and, as everyone’s time is precious these days, facilitating associate member suppliers and member end user conversations based on current business risks allows NBCS to offer real value, promoting thought leadership, whilst supporting preventative change opportunities. The feedback we have received so far has surpassed all of our expectations and we are honoured that Mitie, CSL Group, Hikvision and Athelney Group have partnered with us – we look forward to working with them regarding a member-based approach to business crime management.’
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