A CHESTER city centre initiative managed by Chester Renaissance has been set up to make the city an even safer place for residents, visitors and workers and is proving to be a huge success.
Chester Against Business Crime (CABC) has just been presented with a nationally recognised Safer Business Award.
Rita Waters, chief executive of Chester Renaissance, said: “Chester Renaissance was set up to drive momentum and bring added value to efforts to complete and accelerate the economic growth of Chester. This scheme is certainly helping us get our message across to a wider audience and helping promote Chester as a safe, must-see, European city.
“With almost 200 radios issued to businesses, retail stores, pubs, clubs and the police within the city, and by working in partnership with other stakeholders, information is quickly shared helping to prevent crime and reduce the cost to businesses.
“As a direct result of Chester Against Business Crime, more than £42,000 worth of stock belonging to city businesses was recovered in just one year, a fantastic achievement of which we are rightly proud.”
Chair of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Regeneration Policy Development Board, Cllr Stuart Parker, says the Chester Renaissance scheme is a great example of partnerships working together.
He said: “The work of Chester Against Business Crime is quite simply a beacon of good practice. While we should not forget Chester is already a safe place, I am delighted to support this scheme which is helping make the city an even more pleasant place to live, visit and do business in.
“I congratulate the scheme on receiving this richly deserved award and would encourage any business not already signed up as a member to join as quickly as possible.”
Bob Lelliott, who runs the scheme on behalf of Chester Renaissance, says he is delighted with its success.
He said: “This benchmark award recognises and demonstrates our achievements in partnership working, Data Act compliance and information sharing.
“The award is only presented to business crime initiatives after a rigorous assessment by the Home Office-funded Action Against Business Crime Group.
“There are more than 200 Business Crime Reduction Partnerships in the UK and I am proud Chester is one of the first schemes to gain the award with distinction.
“In effect we enhance the link between the police and the business community. By working closely with the police we help them not only detect retail crime but also prevent it.”
Inspector Mel Williams of Cheshire Police, says Bob Lelliott and the Chester Against Business Crime scheme deserve to be recognised for the first class service they provide to the city’s business sector.
He said: “This award recognises some outstanding work by Bob and his team who have worked tirelessly with the police and local partners to identify crime trends and problem offenders.”