Venue Security is high on the agenda at MIA Conference

Bob Quick QPM, the CEO of Bluelight Global Solutions Ltd, has been invited to speak at the Meetings Industry Association Conference on 20th March 2017. Bob, a former Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations at Scotland Yard, alongside hospitality and events consultant Bridget Baker, will be discussing the issue of venue safety, safeguarding and security, and the impact of terrorism and crime on travel and tourism.

The MIA conference entitled “Don’t stop – rethink”, will encourage the meetings, conference, and events industry to take the lead and make the most out of the current economic situation, while empowering and equipping delegates with the tools to act on the commercial insight offered by the numerous sessions.

With over 30 years of experience as a UK police officer specialising in counter terrorism amongst several other public safety roles, Bob will identify valuable steps that venues can take to reduce security risks, including:

  • Finding the balance between robust security while remaining a welcoming place to visit.
  • Develop a threat and vulnerability assessment and identify the risks of those threats occurring.
  • Ensuring security staff are trained and communicated with efficiently.
  • Creating security plans that are kept under review.

“It is highly important for associations like the mia to discuss issues of security. There is a need to drive awareness of the current and potential threats facing the industry from both criminals and terrorists, and it is important to drive home the message that there is no longer any ‘normality’ as the capabilities of terror organisations and criminals increase and their tactics continue to evolve. Events such as the MIA conference provide a valuable opportunity to become educated about the current evolving threats to venues, and the security practise developments that must be implemented to combat the issue.” – Bob Quick QPM speaking about the conference.

Bob Quick QPM will outline the context of global security risks in relation to crime and terrorism, and how it can unpredictably impact upon the UK MICE industry and vulnerable venue businesses. Since 2014, the current international terrorism threat level in the UK is severe, but while the relatively low number of terrorism incidents in the UK is positive news, it does raise the potential for venues to allow minor lapses in security to go unchecked as they don’t feel at risk – giving criminals and terrorists an opportunity to exploit. It is therefore of paramount importance to integrate all security provision, including physical, technical, and human elements, to maximise the efficiency of systems and to safeguard UK venues from impending threats.

Find more information about the mia conference at www.mia-uk.org/event/dont-stop-rethink.