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Suffolk businesses get GDPR masterclass

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Businesses in Suffolk have been hearing about the measures needed to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is being introduced in May. 

Ufford Park Hotel in Woodbridge hosted the event, which was organised by the Federation of Small Businesses and delivered by a number of FSB service providers. 

Reflecting the level of interest in GDPR and its implications for small businesses, the event sold out quickly – with a lengthy waiting list for tickets. 

Following an introduction by FSB East Anglia Area Lead Mike Drain, Tim Lazenby outlined the new FSB Insurance service and the benefits that it offered.

Beverley Bates of LHS Solicitors then detailed the services that were available to FSB members to support them with GDPR on an ongoing basis, such as the legal helpline and documents portal.

Beverley explained that the legal helpline had been exceptionally busy recently, taking around 500 calls per month on GDPR. 


Rianda Markram, also of LHS Solicitors, then explained the key components of GDPR, and fielded questions from the audience on the ways in which it would affect their businesses. 

The concluding presentation of the evening saw Paul Allen from NCC Group discuss the links between GDPR and cyber security, and explain how businesses could make themselves more cyber resilient. 

Given the level of interest in GDPR at present, the issue will also be the subject of a presentation at FSB’s next Connect networking event at The Ipswich Hotel on 17 May. Tickets are available here.