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2 October 2016Yorkshire businesses unsure of what to do in the event of a crisis

Yorkshire businesses unsure of what to do in the event of a crisis

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Yorkshire businesses are unsure of what they should do in the event of a serious crisis, such as a terrorist attack. That was the response given at a seminar held by risk management and insurance solutions specialists Arthur J. Gallagher.

Over 40 senior level business people from companies in a host of sectors, including Manufacturing, Retail, Rail, Construction and Packaging, attended the crisis management seminar, held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield. Delegates came to learn how terrorism and security risks are evolving, the new threats emerging and how businesses can improve their protection. The event also shared tips on how organisations can increase their resilience and manage a crisis when it occurs.

The programme was led by terrorism experts Paul Bassett MC and Justin Priestley GM, both of whom have long and distinguished military careers. They looked at how terrorism and security risks are evolving, the new threats emerging and how businesses can improve their protection. The seminar will also share tips on how organisations can increase their resilience and manage a crisis when it occurs.

While delegates recognised there is an increasing risk of attacks to their business, potentially causing serious disruption, financial loss or adverse publicity, only three per cent said they have a crisis management plan in place. Indeed, most admitted they are unsure of how they would deal with an incident because they do not have appropriate plans in place.

Dan Binks, Regional Sales Director at Arthur J. Gallagher, comments:“It’s clear that businesses are waking up to the real threat of a potential attack on their business, but what is apparent is that many are not yet equipped to deal with the aftermath, should the worst occur.

“It’s vital that the correct risk management planning takes place, with the help of experienced specialist advisers, and that senior management recognise the role that crisis resilience insurance plays in getting a business back on its feet.

“We know from the recent attacks in France and other parts of the world, the nature of terrorism is changing. Attacks on civilians are on the rise. Firms need to learn how to anticipate, prevent, respond and recover – and become more conscious of the risks they face. They need to better understand their duty of care to employees, implement robust risk management procedures, explore insurance solutions and embed a culture of crisis resilience throughout the company.

“The seminar tackled some of these issues and offered businesses best practice advice for making themselves more resilient to a crisis.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about crisis resilience insurance and risk management support can contact Dan Binks at Arthur J. Gallagher on dan_binks@ajg.com or calling 0113 392 2211.

About the speakers:

Paul Bassett, MC - Paul Bassett is the Managing Director of Arthur J. Gallagher’s Crisis Management team, based in London. Prior to joining Arthur J. Gallagher, Paul worked for other national brokers in various positions in London for 15 years, most recently as the Global CEO for Crisis Management. Before moving into insurance, Paul had a ten year career as an officer in the British Army, where he specialised in Bomb Disposal and high risk search and was awarded the Military Cross in 1994. Paul is considered to be one of the leading global experts in crisis management. He has been a prominent innovator and thought leader of Crisis Management over the past 15 years and has been a speaker at many high profile events.

Justin Priestley, GM - Justin is the Head of Arthur J Gallagher’s Crisis Management Consulting Practice. Justin served in the British Army as an Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) and Logistics and Staff officer, retiring in August 2000 to take up a Consultant’s post within Control Risks Group. Justin spent his last six years in the Army involved in Counter Terrorism and Bomb Disposal duties. From 1996-98 he was responsible for Explosive Ordnance Disposal support for the United Kingdom’s Special Forces (SAS) and from 1998-2000 was involved in National Contingency Plans for incidents involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. During this time Justin was also involved with supporting the Security Services in a Counter Terrorism technical role.

As well as being the commander of bomb disposal operations, his duties entailed operational support, consultancy and lectures/advice to the police, Home Office and other government departments. This included foreign governments and international organisations. He was awarded the George Medal for gallantry in November 2000. He is regularly requested to speak at risk management conferences worldwide on the subject of terrorism threat.

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