Free support which is available to Staffordshire businesses to help them combat crime was highlighted at an annual showcase event.
Hundreds of people from a wide range of organisations attended the Let’s Do Business 2016 staged by Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
Businesses across Staffordshire can now sign up to receive free Business Crime Alerts provided by the wider Staffordshire Smart Alert scheme launched by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.
Deputy PCC Sue Arnold, who is spearheading the Business Crime Matters campaign on behalf of the PCC, said:
“Local businesses are the life blood of our economy but companies can often feel that crime against them is seen as victimless and that it is hard to get help if needed.
“The Business Crime Matters strategy and the recently launched Staffordshire Smart Alerts are there to help support businesses. Whether you are a large or small company there is information and support available to you.
“Business Crime Alerts, provided by Staffordshire Smart Alert, offer up-to-date relevant information on business crime. Businesses can also choose to receive business crime messages specific to their industry, such as retail, motor trades and education. The Staffordshire Smart Alert system is set to improve engagement between Staffordshire Police and local businesses as well the residents of Staffordshire. You can sign up for Business Crime Alerts at www.businesscrimematters.com
“Programmes like these turn the tables on criminals by joining up and sharing information about crime, working closely with the police.”
As well as information on Business Crime Alerts, delegates at Thursday’s event (23 June) were given details about free training for businesses to support domestic abuse victims in the workplace. The training by Staffordshire Women’s Aid leads to at least one member of staff at a business signing up to become a Domestic Abuse Champion. Businesses can find out more at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/domestic-abuse/
Businesses at the event were also provided with information to raise awareness about modern slavery.
You can find out more about the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Business Crime Matters strategy and the support available for businesses at www.businesscrimematters.com