Keeping our capital working for the UK


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).



28 February. The Dynamics of Crowds and Communities post-Incident
Breakfast Briefing.  The reaction of crowds on Oxford St on 24 November to reports of shots being fired is not too surprising. A degree of confusion is an expected reaction to a major traumatic event, whether real or perceived, especially for people who are caught unexpectedly in the open. A similar reaction was observable at the Manchester arena in connection with that recent terrorist attack, but was also a significant feature in the distant Hillsborough tragedy where terrorism was not a factor. While good building design and sound event planning can go a long way to forestall tragic incidents, there is much to consider when managing crowds and communities, which often have a dynamic all of their own. This briefing will consider what role crowd dynamics can play in post-incident behaviour and how best practice can be applied in various, mass self-evacuation scenarios.
Chair: Professor Gloria Laycock OBE, UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science
Simon Ancliffe, Managing Director, Movement Strategies
Dr John Drury, Reader in Social Psychology, University of Sussex
Security Adviser, CPNI
Sponsor and Host: Facebook and Wilson James Ltd

1 March. OSPAS – Thought Leadership Summit and Exhibition
The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAS) summit and exhibition, organised with the support of the Security Commonwealth, will take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Doors will open to the event at mid-day, lunch will be provided, and an exhibition of products and services will be on display. The event is set to finish around 16.30 and the Awards Dinner will follow at 18.45. Confirmed summit speakers include: The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Ian Dyson QPM, Commissioner, City of London Police; Andrew Thomson, Director of Property Services, The Shard; plus a discussion with ex-offenders about their views of security. Tickets cost £100. To register or find out more details go to: or contact the OSPAs team.

6-7 March. SCTX and EPRR Exhibitions
The 2018 Security and Counter Terrorism (SCTX) Expo and the Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) Expo will take place at Olympia in early March. London First and partners Alchemmy will both be making presentations:
• SCTX – Resilience in the Critical National Infrastructure, 6 March, 11:45-12:15, CNI and Business Resilience Theatre.
• EPRR – Why Resilience is the most important issue facing business today: How can Organisations, Communities and Cities become Safer, Smarter and better Connected? 7 March, 15:45-16:15, Ambition Conference Theatre.
Details of the events can be found at: and

22 March. Leading Resilient Organisations
Breakfast Briefing. What makes an effective resilient organisation? A good resilient organisation can successfully identify long-term challenges such as AI and climate change as well as build organisational agility to be able to absorb and adapt. The challenges can expose risks but also present opportunities. Those with the foresight to embrace change and prepare for it can reap competitive advantage.
This breakfast meeting will address the fundamental issues in leading resilient organisations in a turbulent age. The practical issues and implications will be analysed in an effort to identify success and measure progress. Caroline Field will introduce a comprehensive framework for holistically measuring and managing resilience within your organisation. Hazel McLaughlin will explore how to build resilience at the individual and team levels and how to ensure the right culture, values and behaviours that mitigate risk and seize opportunities for the future. Robert Hall will focus on building and benchmarking the resilience of local business communities in city districts. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a group discussion with interactive survey questions for a real-time measure of the core issues and the actions needed by decision makers.
Simon Webb, Director, Nicols Group
Caroline Field, Principal, Resilience Practice, MMI Engineering
Hazel McLaughlin, Partner and Business Psychologist, OE Cam
Robert Hall, Director, Security & Resilience Network, London First

19-21 June. IFSEC 2018 – Conference + Masterclasses
IFSEC has announced a major alliance with London First and Cityforum to host a strategically focused security conference based around the theme of ‘Securing the Open Society of 2030’ at this year’s Exhibition. An exclusive, high-level programme will feature presentations and discussions on subjects such as ‘Understanding the Disrupters’, ‘The Impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Humans, Machines and Data’, ‘Protecting the Citizen and Maintaining the Open Society’ and ‘Making Cities Smart, Safe and Resilient’.
The conference will consist of two half-day summits which will take place on 20 and 21 June in the Gallery Suite Rooms adjacent to the IFSEC exhibition at ExCeL. Complementing the conference, IFSEC will be hosting a range of major masterclasses in its new keynote arena – a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, 250-seat amphitheatre which will be located in the centre of the Exhibition. The masterclasses on 19, 20 and 21 June will focus on themes such as ‘What the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring’, ‘Policing and Security to 2030’, ‘A 2030 Forecast – Emergent Threats’ and ‘Society, Stability and Security – What is on the Horizon’. London First members will receive discounted tickets to the half-day summits. More details to follow.