Mitie’s Professional Services business division launches new risk consultancy

Mitie’s Professional Services business has launched a new risk consultancy. Involving a team of seasoned professionals with more than 100 years of experience, the Threat Mitigation offer will be led by Ian Carter, former New Scotland Yard chief police officer and Ken Allison MBE, a former British military officer. Offering industry-leading advice and techniques in risk management, the new service will add to the extensive Professional Services capabilities Mitie provides to its clients and will be marketed under the Source8 consultancy brand.

With businesses facing an evolving range of threats from cyber crime and natural disasters to disgruntled members of staff, fresh approaches are needed to address organisational risk. The Threat Mitigation Team will help clients to understand the threats and risks which could cause their business harm such that they can protect the essentials; namely their people, property, information and infrastructure.

Ian Carter

Ian Carter

Business interruption remains the top peril for the fifth successive year in the Allianz Risk Barometer, with almost two-thirds (37%) of businesses ranking it in the top three most important risks they face. Offering an end-to-end service from consulting through to delivery, the specialist expertise within the Threat Mitigation Team provides clients with an efficient, thorough and holistic service ensuring nothing is missed. This focus ensures resources are concentrated where they will have the most impact and that the approach to risk is sustainable over the long term.

According to a Management Today survey conducted in association with DuPont in February last year, less than half of business owners (48%) have no continuity or crisis management plan in place. By identifying and addressing real risks, the Threat Mitigation Team can put preventative systems, practices and processes in place. Should issues occur, they’ll be on hand to help businesses cope. Assisting a speedy recovery is vital, with the Business Continuity Index stating that 75% of companies without crisis plans in place fail within three years of disaster striking.

Ken Allison

Ken Allison

In addition to mitigating business threats, deploying a robust approach to threats and risks also signals a clear commitment to staff and customers and can even assist operational performance and cost reduction.

Speaking about the new venture, Simon Venn (managing director of Professional Services at Mitie) informed Risk Xtra: “Throughout my career, I’ve seen many unwanted events create significant amounts of damage that could well have been prevented by strong risk assessment, analysis and mitigation. Some businesses don’t yet fully understand how vulnerable they really are. They determine to use ‘sticking plasters’ to patch up problems rather than taking the right action to address underlying causes.”

Venn added: “It’s only when resilience and security failings actually occur that senior executives find out that their risk management mechanisms are either inadequate or unsuitable. Our Threat Mitigation Team provides critical support to help prevent potential issues destroying our customers’ businesses. Taking expert advice and pre-emptive action early can prove crucial when it comes to resilience during and recovery from a crisis episode.”

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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