Liverpool’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership has been awarded a National Standards Accreditation and has been described as an “outstanding example” of how partners can work together to make cities safer.

Designed to make city centres safer for businesses and employees, there are over 250 Business Crime Reduction Partnerships in the UK. In Liverpool, the BID Safety Partnership sees Liverpool BID Company working alongside Merseyside Police, Liverpool Nightlife CIC and Liverpool City Council to help keep the city safe.

The national standards accreditation provides a benchmark of achievement and success, helping to give reassurance to businesses, police and other stakeholders that the partnership is working and provides good value for money,

In Liverpool, the BID Safety Partnership includes two full time Merseyside Police officers who provide BID Levy Payers with a direct response to non-emergency enquiries about safety, anti-social behaviour and security issues seven days a week; The DISC Intelligence Sharing Platform allows intelligence sharing across businesses in the city centre for both daytime and nighttime economy businesses; Intelligence Sharing Briefings, which discuss safety issues across the BID; A City Watch officer is funded by the BID to monitor the Radio Link network on Thursdays during retail hours, Friday and Saturday evenings; The BID Radio Link Network has over 180 active businesses to provide reassurance and intelligence sharing, operating 24 hours a day, using high-quality digital radios that have access to the main city channel.

Maxine Fraser is the Managing Director of Retailers Against Crime CIC

“Congratulations to Liverpool BID who have achieved the national standard for BCRP accreditation. They are an outstanding example of working in partnership and engaging with their businesses daily going above and beyond what is expected, in particular through their exemplary working relationship with Merseyside Police. They are an excellent partnership leading the way on innovation and best practice.”

Shaun Holland is Director of Operations at Liverpool BID Company.

“A vibrant and successful city centre is reliant on safety and partners working together. When it works well, it should be an almost invisible layer of infrastructure that helps businesses across every sector to thrive, for those moving around the city centre to feel secure and to enjoy their day. It means that as well as being preventative, working in partnership we are able to respond rapidly to provide support as fast as we can. This national accreditation is the result of many years of collaborative working and trust building between partners”.