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First anniversary of five terrorist attacks

March 22 marks the anniversary of the first of five terrorist attacks that impacted the UK in 2017.

Naturally our thoughts are with those killed and injured, their families and friends and all those left behind, especially those who are still coping with the impact of those attacks on their lives. 

The five attacks in Westminster, Manchester Arena, London Bridge/Borough Market, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green, highlighted how important our emergency services and local businesses are for thwarting attackers and helping others. Many individuals and businesses have continued to provide support since then.

It seems appropriate to reflect today on the importance of business engagement and the vital role of the private sector whatever their size in keeping our communities safe.

When attacks strike, some people react instinctively to protect others. But there are many things small and micro businesses can do on an everyday basis to keep themselves, their families, their businesses, employees, customers and communities safe.

Small businesses are the eyes and ears of a community and can alert the authorities to potential threats, so understanding the communication channels for reporting concerns is vital.

A new four week Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) 2018 campaign has been launched, which provides a comprehensive suite of resources for businesses to use in order to support their own, and the UK's security by reporting suspicious activity and behaviour. Click here for further information about the campaign. 

FSB is actively engaged with the Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) project which is being rolled out nationally through regional hubs with an emphasis on co-ordination to address terrorism, business crime and cyber threats. The enhanced CSSC website offers valuable guidance and information, and the ability to sign up for CSSC messaging online.

Business Crime Reduction Partnerships and Community Safety Forums can also help provide local information for businesses. 

Spending a little time now to check your security systems are up to date and robust, that you have up to date contact information and that your staff know what to do in the event of an attack, what to look for and how to report concerns, could be invaluable in an emergency.

Sadly, today’s reality is that the threats to UK business especially from terrorism is severe and persistent.  Everyone needs to play their part to keep us all as safe as possible.