National Business Crime Forum increases representation
The Forum held their first full meeting of 2012 at the FSB London Offices last Thursday 15th March. Chaired by Mike Cherry, the forums Vice Chair and Policy director.
I am delighted with the talent that we have in our forums board, strand chairs, and members who will all be playing their role going forward. It is important to address all aspects of business crime and with this collaborative set of people I am confident that we shall be able to influence the appropriate decision makers at the National level.
The two new appointees to the Board were present - Barrie Millett, who is Head of Resilience for EON and John Prior, who is Head of Security for the Home Retail Group, they were welcomed by the two other directors Jean Mountain who represents the British Chambers of Commerce and Richard Stones who is the representative of the Security Institute, and Forum members.
Membership of the forum is steadily growing with representation from partners including the British Retail Consortium, Action Against Business Crime Partnerships, the National Fraud Agency, the Home Office, the National Farmers Union, the Association of Convenience Stores, Facewatch, the Fashion Forum, BOSS UK, EPIC, the CBI and several Regional Business Crime Partnerships.
Members were updated on the proposed structure to ensure genuine partnership engagement led primarily by four new working groups chaired by business leaders who seek to pull together the network of bodies who nationally and locally are addressing their sector or geographic area. Each working group is looking to encourage better collaboration between the various bodies to ensure that business receives the best coordinated support that it can, and is able to raise this to national decision makers.
The Intelligence working group is chaired by Amanda Oliver, Managing Director of the Business Crime Intelligence Bureau. Enforcement is chaired by Phil Collins the Head of Security for Bernard Matthews. Brett Lovegrove is the City Security and Resilience Network (CSARN) has agreed to chair the Prevent strand and Susannah Hancock of Vitim Support is to chair the Reassurance group.
Jean Mountain Vice Chair and Public Affairs director said
" I am delighted with the talent that we have in our forums board, strand chairs, and members who will all be playing their role going forward. It is important to address all aspects of business crime and with this collaborative set of people I am confident that we shall be able to influence the appropriate decision makers at the National level.
The board of the forum have met with Lord Henley, ACC Paul Broadbent of Nottinghamshire Police, who is the ACPO business crime lead, and Mike Weatherly MP, who Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Business Crime, on several occasions and we are encouraged by the response we are receiving from both ACPO and the Government giving full backing to support new structure and working groups."
Looking to the future the forum are holding their second event on the Terrace in Parliament later this year and are looking to host a dinner in the Commons next year. The Board is looking to widen its membership to strengthen the work it will be taking forwards, to ensure that it maintains a good cross section of business representation from across the UK.
Notes to Editors
- 1. The National Business Crime Forum (NBCF) is the National body representing all sectors and Government departments in tackling Crime Against Business including the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and other leading business organisations, ACPO, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Unite.
- 2. The Forum acts as the fulcrum to bring all interested parties together giving the public bodies a visible group representing the interest of all businesses in fighting the criminals who target business, employees, communities and the wider economy through Crime Against Business.
If anyone would like any further information on the Forum or is interested on becoming involved please contact us through our Secretariat, Bernadette Edwards at .