Formed by Mike, with the support of the National Business Crime Forum (NBCF), the meeting secured huge industry interest with representatives from the Home Office, Federation of Small Businesses, British Retail Consortium, National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Association of Convenience Stores and Business Crime Reduction Unit.
Mike was elected the group’s chair; with MPs Penny Mordaunt Tony Lloyd and Mike Gapes sharing the position of vice chair; and MPs Peter Aldous and Brandon Lewis the group’s treasurer and secretary respectively.
The APPG-RBC kick-started the meeting by discussing issues around reporting crime; making grants more accessible; developing a better dialogue among business representatives, community groups, crime partnerships, the police and the government; the need to recognise that crime affects smaller retailers disproportionately; and the importance of government supporting Crime Reduction Partnerships as part of its Big Society drive.
Speaking on the formation of the group, Mike commented,
“It is almost unheard of to have a group such as this form within a month – and even rarer for one to gain so much support so quickly from industry and MPs from all across the UK. I am looking forward to bridging the gap between industry and parliament to raise the profile of retail & business crime matters – after all, dialogue costs the government nothing, with everything to gain from better communication with the group’s impressive raft of stakeholders.”