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Free training event in West Sussex to help protect local businesses from online fraud

Business owners will be able to attend an informal session over a free breakfast and have a chance to hear the latest cyber security tips and advice straight from the experts.



The average cost of fraud to a UK business is now nearly £35,000 so it is vital business owners are up to speed with the latest online safety measures.

West Sussex County Council has today announced it has teamed up with police to host a free Stay Safe training session for anyone who owns or runs a business in West Sussex, regardless of its size or turnover.

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For just an hour of their time business owners will be able to attend an informal session over a free breakfast and have a chance to hear the latest cyber security tips from experts at South East Regional Organised Crime Unit along with advice from the Community Safety Team at West Sussex County Council.

This free training session takes place at County Hall, Chichester on 5 November 2018 from 6.45am to 8am. Breakfast rolls and refreshments will be provided and parking is free.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“Police figures show that nearly half of UK firms identified a breach of data in the last 12 months, the majority as a result of phishing emails to staff. Becoming a victim of online fraud can be devastating for any business so it’s vital those in charge know how to spot the threats that exist so they can ready staff to protect against them.”

Places at the event are on a first come first serve basis and places need to be booked in advance.

Tickets can be reserved here

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West Sussex County Council and partners are also hosting various Stay Safe sessions for West Sussex residents or  professional groups on how to protect children and vulnerable adults when they go online. For full details and to book a place visit


B&M to open on 13th April in County Mall Crawley and there are jobs available!

It will be the second B&M store for the town and will open in the former BHS site.



It will certainly be a welcome boost to the local economy as a brand new store opens in the town.

Opening at 9am on Saturday 13th April, more than 50 jobs are being created.

A spokesperson from B&M said:

“We’re feeling really positive about the creation of more jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door in the a few weeks.”

Job roles are now advertised on the B&M careers website and range from sales assistant, to floor managers and cleaners.

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