The South Yorkshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses has committed itself to helping the Rotherham business community to work in partnership with the police, the council and other agencies to tackle crime and create a safe and vibrant Rotherham where businesses can thrive.
This includes supporting businesses to play their full part in spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation and working with other organisations to help keep young people safe and bring perpetrators to justice.
Three weeks ago the FSB helped Rotherham re-cement its place in the vanguard of international business relations when the New York Stadium hosted over 100 entrepreneurs – many of whom were new to the UK – in presenting the important Anglo-Polish National Business Conference.
The FSB said it is proud to be planning more future events in Rotherham in a similar vein, starting on 16 June, when it will meet the present challenges head-on with its ‘Businesses waging war against crime’ event.
It is working with South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham MBC on a project to help tackle the most pressing issue of crime in South Yorkshire. The FSB is also looking to secure the support of local businesses in the battle to reduce crime and its impact on the local economy.
The ‘Businesses Waging War Against Crime’ event will take place from 6.00pm on 16 June at Rotherham Town Hall.
Sgt Katherine Wallis will be outlining a joint project with the FSB to tackle child sexual exploitation. An awareness package and a code of conduct has been put together for small businesses, being rolled out across South Yorkshire. This will be available to businesses at the event.
Police Community Support Officer Jemma Guinn of the Rotherham Safer Neighbourhood Team will also present the Rotherham Business Crime portal: an internet based system which allows businesses in Rotherham to access secure information on the activities of those convicted of committing criminal offences, in order to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.
The event is free to attend and all businesses are welcome, but booking is absolutely essential.