Harrison Beale and Owen hosts GDPR seminar to offer practical support to local businesses

9th February 2018

On Thursday 1st February, 50 delegates came together at Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa for Harrison Beale and Owen’s third GDPR seminar, in partnership with Risk Evolves and Emms Gilmore Liberson Solicitors, to offer practical advice and tips in preparation for the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation on 25th May 2018.

GDPR Seminar

The seminar opened with a general overview of the new regulations delivered by Helen Barge, Managing Director at Risk Evolves. Helen addressed the key principles of the new regulation and offered a guide to the key definitions in order to help delegates understand who will be impacted and in what way. Helen also highlighted some of the misleading myths surrounding GDPR on topics such as the notorious fines coming into force and the implications of Brexit.

Matt Jackson, Associate Director at Emms Gilmore Liberson, took delegates through a five step process from a legal perspective to ensure businesses are taking the necessary steps to become compliant with GDPR.

To conclude the practical seminar, Paul Lawrie, HB&O’s HR consultant, highlighted the key areas to consider relevant to HR and employee rights, expanding on topics such as Data Subject Access requests and the possible HR issues to surface from the new regulations.

The seminar provided an all rounded outline to GDPR and offered advice that works for the business, ensuring GDPR is used as a tool rather than being seen as an inconvenience.

Louise Gumery, Client Relationship Manager at Poppleton and Appleby said ‘I thought the presentation was extremely helpful and most of all provided a very practical approach’

HB&O has proactively been taking steps to ensure they are ready for the implications of GDPR and has chosen to adopt the Information Assurance for Small Medium Enterprise (IASME) standard together with the optional module for GDPR Readiness.

HB&O offers specialist HR support and can advise on the implications of GDPR on employee data, as well as staff training to ensure your staff are fully up to speed. For more information, please contact paul.lawrie@hboltd.co.uk

Want to know more about GDPR?

The Information Commissioner has published a guide on the 12 steps to take now in preparation for GDPR as well as a number of helpful blog articles to explain different aspects - visit www.ico.org.uk for details.