The key function of CSSC is to distribute security and safety information to businesses across the UK.
Each business sector is represented by one or more Industry Sector Leader (ISL). There are currently over 2,250 ISLs spread across the UK in over 33 business sectors, who cascade information through their business links, trade organisations and contacts. The messages come from a range of authoritative partners, including police, local government and National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ).
Activity update – 2019 so far
CSSC continues to make an impact in 2019, with an average of nine national and regional messages or bridge calls per month, with a variety of messages. For example, in April 2019, there were fifteen from the Public Order team of the Metropolitan Police, four from National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ), two from CSSC London, three from CSSC Scotland and one from CSSC East Midlands.
The number of trade bodies and associations now registered on the CSSC cascade has reached 119. Since January 2018, a total of 826 new ISLs and Associate ISLs have been identified for National, London and the regions.
CSSC Management Structure
CSSC now covers ten counter-terrorism regions across the UK, in line with NCTPHQ, and can truly claim to be the only national safety and security messaging initiative. The management structure to support CSSC consists of a Board of Trustees, chaired by Sir David Wootton; a Consultative Board, chaired by Sir David Veness; and a Hub Management team for each Regional Hub.
Ongoing Financial Support
In May 2019, Sir David Wootton wrote to the senior executives of the top 500 companies and trade associations who partner with CSSC with a request for ongoing financial support from each of them.
He outlined how until now CSSC has managed to operate solely on the generous donations made by a small number of industry organisations and trade associations and explained how now, “The goal is to create a sustainable financial model for CSSC for the foreseeable future.”
The monies raised will fund the ‘hub team’ and associated activities and the ten ‘regional hubs. It is hoped this model will avoid the necessity for continued sponsorship and voluntary donations.
Activity continued in 2019, with the CSSC AGM in June 2019 bringing together many of the ISLs and other interested parties, and with other events and information. (Full report available soon)
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Don Randall, MBE
CSSC, Deputy Chairman