With one year to go until the UK Olympics, and Bournemouth also in the final stages of bidding for ‘city’ status, a national business security advisory service has visited the town to brief local businesses and employers on security and staff safety issues.
The award-wining UK-wide not-for-profit business group, CSARN (City Security and Resilience Networks) - who work closely with businesses, police forces and government departments across the UK - delivered its first regional security briefing in at the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth (21st July, 2011) in association with the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC) and emergency planning specialists Resolve Network.
Chief Executive Officer for CSARN, Richard Bingley said:
“Bournemouth is a regional economic powerhouse, on the verge of city status, and Dorset is an excellent choice to host the sailing and paralympic sailing events in 2012. We are keen to do all we can to support the Bournemouth and Dorset business community prepare for new and emerging business risks.”
The successful event was FREE to attend for all business and employer groups. Topics covered included avoiding, planning, preparation and recovery from:
-Cyber crime and data hacking
-Terrorism and political violence
-Emergency planning and business continuity
-Fire, flooding and contaminations
-Crisis communications and media management
-UK and regional maritime security
Speakers included the last head of the UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), Poole-based maritime security expert John Twiss, and Justin Crump, Chief Executive of the business intelligence company, Sibylline.
Mr Bingley continued:
“The sad reality nowadays is that regional towns and city businesses are often just as vulnerable to large-scale emergencies as capital cities, but the good news is that there is lots we can all do beforehand, together, to prevent, avoid and even prepare for major incidents.”
Mr Bingley pointed out figures show only 50% of UK companies have emergency plans, and of those that do, just half practice emergency planning at least every year. CSARN have committed to deliver future briefings in Bournemouth and to incorporate the town into its busy schedule of business briefings in upcoming UK cities including Liverpool, Manchester, London and Liverpool.
The event was opened by Mr Nigel Hedges, the President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce, and chaired by Paul Hayden, Managing Director of Emergency Management specialists Resolve Network, and former Chief Fire Officer Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
Nigel Hedges, the President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce, said:
“BCTC members were delighted to hear more about what they can do in terms of emergency planning and staff protection and we were delighted to work with CSARN to provide such a high quality and informative workshop.”
To find out more about the Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce please visit: www.bournemouthchamber.org.uk
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