Representatives from companies including Shell, Petrofac and Ernst & Young joined security specialists from International SOS, the Metropolitan Police and The Savoy Hotel to discuss the potential threats facing the events industry.
During the seminar session, where groups were given an event disaster scenario to work through, Nour Hussein, business development manager at International SOS, said event planners need to be aware of security risks, without scaremongering delegates. "You need to be sure you have a communication system in place, this could include Whatsapp Groups or an event app in case the SMS system goes down." He added that pre-planning was key, to ensure as much information was gained before the event as possible. Other recommendations included the introduction of an evacuation plan pre-event, and working closely with the venue to evaluate any potential risks.
"The workshop was a great success, attracting event managers from different industries," said Anthony Coyle-Dowling, senior director of event business development & marketing at BCD Meetings & Events. "A key highlight was the openness and sharing of best practise around contingency planning and security when organising and managing events. From the initial feedback, I am confident that we developed some great best practise ideas, which can be implemented when clients are planning to organise their next event."
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