Projects and Partnerships:

  • Securing UK Borders. A report examining the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Sponsored by UBM.  
  • What are the Security and Resilience Implications of Brexit? A report examining the implications of leaving the EU as it might affect the private sector in London and beyond.
  • London Bridges. A factsheet that provides businesses with a short and focused overview of security-oriented organisations and agencies in and around London.
  • Safer Spaces Self-Assessment Scheme for Small Businesses. A survey tool to improve the security of buildings and spaces through a MOPAC-endorsed scheme. 
  • B2B Engagement for Better Security. A nine-step guide to help businesses appreciate the best practices when co-ordinating action with neighbours.
  • Business Community Resilience. A project that has resulted in a guide and an aide memoire to help improve resilience to local communities. An associated app (Application for Resilient Communities) will be launched in mid-2017.
  • Guidelines for Business: Responses to a Major Terrorist Attack. A guide approved, by NaCTSO, on what to do before and during the announcement of a ‘Critical’ threat level. A separate aide memoire lists the key security measures to be taken in the face of potential terrorist attack.
  • Joint London First / PwC Report on ‘Enterprise Resilience: A business imperative in an era of change’. See attached.
  • Tackling Cyber Crime. An initiative that helps business connect with the various police and law-enforcement agencies in tackling cyber-enabled crime.
  • Improved Information Sharing. An initiative to help improve information exchange between the public and private sectors.
  • Commissioner’s Informal Business Advisory Group. A regular meeting of leading business leaders with the MPS Deputy Commissioner on common issues that affect the capital.
  • Membership of Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communication (CSSC) hub, London Resilience Business Sector Panel (LRBSP), and London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP).




21 September Water Scarcity and Security in London 
Breakfast briefing. With a growing population, London is expected to require an extra 200 million litres per day of potable water by 2025. This has to be found from a variety of resources, as well as from savings or reuse. Furthermore, to meet the most severe droughts, longer drought permits and orders, and water restrictions lasting nine months or more, may be required. A six-month drought order could cost businesses between £750 million and £1.7 billion. This means that water security is a priority issue that must be tackled if London is to be secure for the future. The briefing will look at the challenges and what businesses can do in resilience planning.
Chair: Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Chair, London Climate Change Partnership
Alex Nickson, Water Resources and Growth Lead, Thames Water
Christine Cambrook, Associate in the Water Group, BuroHappold Engineering
Sponsor: BuroHappold
CoHost: Thames Estuary Partnership

17 October The Grenfell Tower Fire – Implications for Business
Breakfast Briefing. The tragic fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in north Kensington on 14 June 2017 has made that building a landmark in a number of ways. The cause and lessons are being examined in an inquiry conducted by Sir Martin Moore-Bick. Sadly, there have been three major fires in tower blocks leading to fatalities since 2005. This breakfast briefing will look at what help can be given to industry and interested stakeholders in order to understand the circumstances and ramifications of the Grenfell fire and appreciate what this may mean for business organisations. The event will be aimed at all those concerned with the safety of tall buildings regardless of age, structure or use, and the resilience aspects of recovery. It will be of particular benefit to those with safety and security responsibilities for residential premises including blocks of flats, hospitals, halls of residence and hotels. There will also be an introduction to the new Civil Disaster Response Task Force set up by the government after Grenfell.
Chairman: Steve Hamm, Head of London Resilience
John Frost MBCI, Head Of Business Continuity, Marks and Spencer, and Chairman of the Retail Business Continuity Association
Jon O’Neill OBE, Managing Director, Fire Protection Association
Rob MacFarlane, Deputy Director, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office
Sponsor: BNP Paribas
30 November UK Security Expo. Briefing. Presentation and demonstration of London First and partners’ ‘Application for Resilient Communities’ app.