Norwich Business Crime Conference


12 March 2024


The Forum - Auditorium, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF


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The Norwich Business Crime Conference is a must-attend event for all local businesses in Norwich! Join us on Tue Mar 12 2024 at 09:00-12:00 in the Auditorium in the Forum.

This conference is designed to address the pressing concerns and challenges faced by businesses in the current economic environment. It’s an opportunity for business owners, managers, and employees to come together and learn effective strategies to combat crime, protect their assets, and ensure the safety of their staff and customers.

Throughout the morning, we have lined up an impressive itinerary of expert speakers, industry professionals, and law enforcement representatives who will share their insights, experiences, and best practices. Topics will include theft prevention, modern day slavery, the launch of the exclusion notice scheme, and emergency preparedness.

Not only will you gain valuable knowledge and practical tips, but you’ll also have the chance to network with like-minded individuals and forge new connections within the local business community. The conference aims to create a supportive environment where attendees can learn from each other and collaborate to make Norwich a safer place to do business.

Register now for the Norwich Business Crime Conference and take a proactive step towards safeguarding your business!

Giles Orpen-Smellie, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk.

Giles Orpen-Smellie was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk in May 2021. Giles has a military background. The son of a soldier, he followed his father into the Parachute Regiment and served for 34 years. After leaving the Army in 2012, Giles worked in the charity sector.

PC James Chard

As a member of Norwich city centre’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, PC Chard specializes in implementing innovative solutions for a safer community. James’ strengths lie in strategic problem-solving and the implementation of effective crime prevention through process design strategies, and he has successfully spearheaded initiatives to increase crime reporting and combat retail crime, ensuring a secure environment for businesses and residents alike. Currently, he is leading the implementation of a new Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) process for our county, leveraging his IT skills to enhance the efficiency of crime prevention measures. Join James at this Eventbrite event to decode and explore this cutting-edge approach to safeguarding our urban spaces and fostering a thriving retail environment

Sarah-Jane Niles, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Coordinator

Modern Slavery can affect any business, any sector, hidden in supply chains and tainting fair trade. Corporate compliance, including due diligence has the attention of the UK Government right now. Is your business ready? Sarah-Jane Niles coordinates partnership work in Norfolk through the Norfolk Anti-Slavery Network. Former management accountant, registered paramedic, qualified trainer, Sarah-Jane offers businesses advice, guidance, training, and response, working closely with Norfolk police and the Gangmasters Labour and Abuse Authority with live data and operational teams offering a free resource to businesses to build resilience against Modern Slavery.

Superintendent Patrick Holdaway

Superintendent Patrick Holdaway, from the City of London Police, has led the National Business Crime Centre (NBCC) since December 2018. Prior to that Patrick was the business crime lead in Hampshire Constabulary where he spent 26 years prior to transferring to the City of London Police in 2021. During this time Patrick has worked across policing and government to raise the issues that affect business, developing and sharing best practice to prevent violence and tackle organised crime. Through Patrick’s leadership the NBCC has been formally recognised on a number of occasions for its work supporting policing, private security and the retail and transport sectors.

Brian East, Security Manager at Chantry Place Shopping Centre

Join Brian East, security manager at Chantry Place Shopping Centre to discover how they implement measures to deter crime and antisocial behaviour in Norwich.

Join Michael, project coordinator at Norwich Business Improvement District, to learn about ALERT, Norwich’s business crime reduction partnership and how the new exclusion notice scheme will work to help keep Norwich safe