Author: Carolyn Brownell

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Cardiff Against Business Crime (CABC) was awarded the runner up prize at the ATCM 2019 Town and City Management Industry Awards for Best Safety, Security and Resilience Scheme.

The Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) is an industry recognised body that is dedicated to promoting the vitality and viability of urban centres across the UK and Ireland.

The ATCM Town and City Management Industry Awards celebrates significant contribution to and development of urban centres across a range of categories.

CABC was highly commended for its safety, security and resilience initiatives including CityNet radio, Terrorism and Vulnerability Awareness Training, Night Marshals and Street Pastors.

ATCM recognised CABC’s innovation, expertise and collaboration across partnerships. As well, as CABC’s positive impact on businesses, the public and the public, private and third sector.

The award follows the announcement that Cardiff Against Business Crime was the fourth in the UK, and joint first in Wales (as well as Newport), to gain accreditation against the new open standards for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRP).

Executive Director of FOR Cardiff, Adrian Field said:

“This award is further recognition of Cardiff Against Business Crime’s commitment to high industry standards.

CABC has made a huge impact in its first year and will continue to support and develop initiatives that make Cardiff a safer and more welcoming place for those who visit, live and work in Cardiff.”

FOR Cardiff are delighted to announce that our Cardiff Against Business Crime (CABC) scheme was the fourth in the UK, and joint first in Wales (as well as Newport), to gain accreditation against the new open standards for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRP).

The rigorous standards for BCRP’s  are measured against governance, benefits, data integrity, systems and communications and by demonstrating that accredited partnerships meet the national standard our police partners can have the confidence to ‘dare to share’ information and act on the information they receive from BCRPs to foster a culture of collaborative working.

The National Association of Business Crime Partnership (NABCP) assessor said, “The ‘new’ Cardiff BCRP is supported by FOR Cardiff and was only initiated in the previous 12-18 months. It has recently commissioned a new digital radio system with 200 members; seen a change to the BCRP Board and management structures; worked to support the recent Purple Flag Award; and only last week underwent an office move. All these have provided challenges which have been met and I believe exceeded by the administration arrangements it has in place. Notwithstanding this, they also demonstrated full awareness of the new current GDPR and Data Protection arrangements and the changes needed to BCRP policies and guidelines have been made and introduced. I am satisfied that the requirements for the standard have been met and exceeded in many areas of its work and recommend it for accreditation.”

David Wilson, National Coordinator of the NABCP described CABC as “operating an excellent scheme”.

Paul Hurley QPM, Independent Chair of Cardiff Against Business Crime Board of Management, said “I am delighted with the progress we have made in our first year where we have delivered what we promised and more and we are determined to build on this progress to support our member businesses to drive down crime. I am particularly pleased with the partnerships we have forged, and I believe this has been the key to our early success. Gaining accreditation with the new open standards demonstrates that we are a robust and vital member led partnership and one of the best performing BCRP’s in the UK ‘’

FOR Cardiff announce their successful bid to make Cardiff a Purple Flag accredited city.

The Purple Flag accolade has been awarded to Cardiff by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) for offering an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

Purple Flag is the scheme that recognises excellent city centre management at night, similar to the Blue Flag for safe beaches and Green Flag for parks.

An application led by FOR Cardiff and involving partners such as South Wales Police, Cardiff Council, British Transport Police, Cardiff Licensees Forum, Street Pastors and a host of cultural venues and attractions was scored against the five core standards set by Purple Flag. These include being safe and welcoming, accessibility of the area and a diverse choice of leisure and entertainment activities available to all.

Enhancing Cardiff’s safety during the evenings and night time, FOR Cardiff has funded training sessions for club and pub staff on vulnerability awareness, brought in Night Marshals to help people get home safely at various taxi ranks and signed up 102 night-time economy businesses as subscribers to their CityNet Radio system – providing a direct line between clubs and pubs to a Police Officer monitoring the city’s CCTV. Other initiatives such as Club Crew, have helped students in and around Cardiff at night-time and to date have assisted more than 400 students struggling with mental health and wellbeing issues.

Adrian Field, Executive Director of FOR Cardiff said: “Our mission at FOR Cardiff is to make sure the city centre is a welcoming and safe environment that can be enjoyed by everyone. That includes the Purple Flag hours of 5pm-5am. Cardiff can now officially be recognised for its varied cultural offering and its safety.”

“FOR Cardiff are proud to lead on obtaining the Purple Flag award along with a multitude of partners and look forward to retaining it for years to come. We have a friendly and vibrant city centre that is worthy of this accreditation.”

Sarah Walker, Purple Flag Programme Manager at the ATCM said: “We were all excited to receive the submission from Cardiff for Purple Flag after hearing and seeing some of the great work that is going on in the area with FOR Cardiff and their strategic partners across the board.

“The key points that came from the overnight assessment carried out by the Purple Flag assessors were their strong partnerships and their key initiatives like Club Crew and Street Pastors to name but a few, in working towards and managing a safe and diverse evening and night time economy.”

Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said that the accreditation is long overdue, “It’s very important for residents and visitors alike to know the capital city of Wales offers both a safe and enjoyable night out by providing a vibrant and diverse range of entertainment to be enjoyed by people of all age groups and backgrounds.”

The application was submitted in October and Cardiff was assessed on Saturday 1st December.