The Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications Partnership is Shortlisted for a Business Continuity Award

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The Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications Partnership (CSSC) has announced that it has been shortlisted for a 2013 Business Continuity Award for its contribution to continuity and resilience.

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The CSSC partnership used an unprecedented level of commitment and goodwill to affect and benefit millions of people around London and beyond

Now in its fifteenth year, the Business Continuity Awards recognise those business continuity, security, resilience and risk professionals whose innovative strategies and approach to the industry make them stand out.

The CSSC has been shortlisted for the prestigious award category ‘Best Contribution to Continuity and Resilience’ in partnership with Vocal, this shortlisting recognises the ground-breaking project which created a new communications infrastructure for London leading up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games, and now continues as an on-going legacy project after the Games.

This unique partnership between the Metropolitan Police, Home Office, London First and business sector groups worked together during the Games to ensure London stayed connected, and their work now stands as a blueprint for effective communication in other event hosting cities.

Chris Wilson, who was the Project Director for the CSSC and who was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the CSSC project said: “to say that this was a ground breaking project is an understatement. This was a true public/private sector partnership that had never happened before on this scale. What we jointly achieved was to enable safety and security messages to reach every sector of the business community in London very quickly through iModus. Without this partnership between high levels of government, police and private sector individuals it would simply not have been possible.”

“The CSSC partnership used an unprecedented level of commitment and goodwill to affect and benefit millions of people around London and beyond. Our shared vision to work in partnership, along with our commitment to succeed has changed the face of how security services can communicate with the public sector, and has gained recognition not just in London but around the world.”

Karen Ramirez, Managing Director of Lingua Communications and Industry Sector Lead for the travel industry explains why the CSSC is so commendable: “In a world that presents ever increasing security challenges CSSC provides information that makes a valuable contribution to business resilience and preparedness. Fast time, accurate communications from an entirely credible source delivering ‘one single truth’ ensures our sector can make informed, business critical decisions to maintain ‘business as usual’ in times of disruption – be they physical, logistical or informational.

Trevor Wheatley-Perry, Vocal’s Managing Director explains: “We are incredibly proud to have been part of the CSSC project and the long-term legacy that it brings with it as a world-recognised initiative. It’s a clear example that, although Vocal is a commercial organisation, the work we do is incredibly important and tangible to the safety of millions of people and the security of the places in which they live and work.”

The winners of the 2013 CIR Magazine Business Continuity Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 30 May, 2013 at the Hilton on Park Lane in London.

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