Industry experts gather at NBCS’ first Members’ Day to examine ways of tackling business crime

The 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 criminality – is celebrating the success of its first Members’ Day, which took place at Trent Vineyard Conferencing’s facilities in Nottingham on Tuesday 9 January.

With the event running under 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 at the venue to hear about the latest trends and technologies associated with business crime reduction.

Presentations were given by leading industry experts from the NBCS, CapIndex, Mitie, the Athelney Group, Hikvision and CSL as well as cyber security guru Simon Lacey and Paddy Tipping, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire. The subjects addressed stimulated discussion and debate on how to manage business in order to provide a safer and more connected workspace.

The event featured an update on the NBCS and what’s happening within the organisation including its new operating system in addition to work aimed at preventing child sexual exploitation and a dedicated violence reduction strategy. There were also regular breaks during the day that enabled individuals to network, ask questions and be ‘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.

Rethinking security

Jason Towse, managing director of Mitie’s security management business, presented a discourse under the heading ‘Safer and Better Together: Rethinking Security’, in turn delivering a strong message to the audience on the need for the private security industry to work in collaboration with the police service in supporting businesses facing the challenges brought about by the changing threat landscape, and particularly so in the retail sector.

When the day had concluded, Towse commented: “This was an excellent event. Our partnership with the NBCS affords us an excellent 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, 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’re very much looking forward to working together with the NBCS as part of our shared ethos to design out and reduce crime.”

Changing face of electronic security

The brainchild of NBCS managing director Daniel Hardy, the Members’ Day aimed to bring the NBCS member base closer together. Having recently joined the NBCS, Phil Wring (senior business development manager at Hikvision for the UK and Ireland) welcomed the opportunity to present information about the changing face of electronic security. Wring informed Risk UK: “We’re pleased to have partnered with the NBCS and be able to demonstrate the latest industry-leading technology, which helps both of our organisations to deliver on our mutual aim of cutting business crime through collaboration.”

The Athelney Group also relished the chance to talk about how bringing businesses and the police together can result in improved response and performance. The company’s managing director, Bernie Gravett, stated: “Intelligence sharing is vital as it leads to the detention of the most prolific offenders. An area where there’s 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 for a period of hours, though. Conflict and injury risks occur during this time, while staff are taken away from their prevention and reassurance roles. This scenario can be prevented by using Safer Detention Units (SDUs). This is a low cost, secure holding solution that isolates the suspect and protects members of staff. The SDU can be installed in an hour and comes complete with CCTV and audio recording and is ligature-free. Safety in the workplace is paramount. The SDU will reduce violence and aggression, lowering staff absence through sickness. It could also cut down on business costs.”

Offering real value

Daniel Hardy was delighted with the response to the first NBCS Members’ Day and plans are already underway for the next event. He explained: “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 us to offer real value, promoting thought leadership while also supporting change opportunities. The feedback we’ve received so far has surpassed all of our expectations.”

Hardy concluded: “We’re honoured that Mitie, CSL, Hikvision and the Athelney Group have partnered with us. We look forward to working with them regarding a member-based approach towards business crime management.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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