NBCS celebrates inaugural year of success for Associate Membership scheme

Daniel Hardy

Daniel Hardy

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) – the 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 a successful first year for its Associate Membership scheme. The NBCS recently welcomed Milestone Systems, Axis Communications, the GMS Group, SmartWater and SWL Security as Associate Members, with these organisations joining Mitie, CSL Group, Hikvision and the Athelney Group as part of what is a pioneering initiative.

The Associate Membership scheme bridges the gap between technology providers and end users, giving vendors access to senior decision-makers at some of the nation’s most prestigious organisations. Through a range of initiatives such as one-day seminars, they gain a unique opportunity to demonstrate their risk management, security, fraud and loss prevention solutions.

The NBCS has also introduced a monthly series of Crime Call events, whereby NBCS Members and Associate Members take part in a conference call to discuss specific issues and examine how technology can help address them by creating safer environments.

Furthermore, the NBCS actively seeks to open new avenues for Associate Members across a range of vertical sectors and Government bodies by encouraging participation across its initiatives such as Operation Bird and the Community Guarding scheme. It also helps position the NBCS as a critical friend of business, the police service and all business reduction partnerships through furthering the use of technology by all those affected by business crime.

NBCS Associate Membership is available in a number of different packages and costs between £4,000 and £15,000 per annum. The basic package features advertising and promotion to existing members, while the premium package includes consultancy from senior NBCS personnel who are able to advise on subjects such as fraud risk, risk management, enterprise risk management and security deployment.

“Having Milestone Systems, Axis Communications, the GMS Group, SmartWater and SWL Security join us is the icing on the cake of what’s been a very busy, but exciting year for the Associate Membership scheme,” enthused Daniel Hardy, managing director at the NBCS.

“Having so many prestigious security solutions providers on board has proven to be mutually beneficial both for them and NBCS Members, and has allowed us to encourage these two interdependent groups to engage in constructive dialogue,” continued Hardy. “We’re currently talking to a number of other companies and will soon be in a position to announce their Associate Membership status as well.”

*Organisations can find out more about becoming NBCS Associate Members by visiting https://home.nationalbusinesscrimesolution.com/join-us/associate-members/ or by sending an e-mail to enquiries@nationalbusinesscrimesolution.com

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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