Worrying figures show that business crime costs £12.6 billion a year to businesses and equates for over a sixth of crimes committed in the UK. Businesses will have the opportunity to discuss this and other issues in a unique question time style debate on 23rd April, chaired by Crimewatch presenter and BBC newsreader, Matthew Amroliwala.
The debate, held at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, will explore how businesses can better secure and protect themselves in today’s risk conscious environment. It will feature a panel of nationally significant figures in the field including Bruce Mann, Head of Civil Contingencies Secretariat at the British Cabinet Office.
Bruce Mann said: “The Business of Security and Protection is an ideal opportunity for experts in the industry to highlight and explore the many security hazards that businesses face in the modern world, ranging from money laundering and cyber crime to burglary and terrorism, and seek out positive solutions to these.
“As the largest centre for financial and business services outside of London, and with the University of Leeds partnered with the British Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, Leeds is the perfect place to hold such an event. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to contribute to this debate and encourage UK businesses to attend this key event in the business calendar.”
Deborah Green, Chief Executive of the city’s marketing agency, Marketing Leeds, which is organising the event said: “Whilst it is true that there has been a 20 per cent increase of business crime in the UK in the last five years, The Business of Security and Protection will highlight the many innovative ways major businesses in Leeds and the UK are using to limit the threats they face today, and is an opportunity to share best practice. The event will also help raise the profile of Leeds as a city leading the way in its approach towards dealing with business risk.”
This exclusive event will also highlight the many innovative ways businesses are using to limit the threats they face today, debate whether high profile threats such as acts of terrorism have created a security obsessed culture and identify just whose responsibility it is to ensure our businesses are safe and secure. It will feature an audience of major UK businesses and experts drawn from the field.
Places are limited – to book your place, register on the website at www.thebusinessof.co.uk/register.