The day has finally come upon us where we are able to walk back many of the restrictions of the last 16 months of the covid pandemic. The devastating human and financial toll has been significant and the question remains – will society ever be the same again? Our thoughts are with those who have lost friends and family during this time and continue to be impacted.

As the control measures are rolled back there is an overwhelming sense of society readying itself for coming back together; music festivals, sporting events and more.

It was only last month that Rose Partners was strategically and operationally supporting the G7 Conference in Cornwall. Events such as these are very much part of our core business. Our leadership team has extensive major event experience and have planned everything from the London 2012 Olympics through to football world cups e AGMs in Africa.

However, the effects of the pandemic remain and the impact on hosting major events has been seen in recent weeks and will continue to do so as we go forward. These effects are not just at the tactical and operational level but societal. We only have to look back at the events of the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley where hundreds of England fans overwhelmed an under-resourced security operation. The shameful events of that day were the manifestation of football fans ‘being released back into the wild’, high demand / low ticket availability and a security operation not prepared.

As we look forward to the rest of the year and into 2022, event organisers will need to develop robust and resilient strategic plans for major events. The ‘pingdemic’ will undoubtedly impact law enforcement as it will affect event security providers. The pent-up demand for social interaction, the restarting of company and government events and the desire to ‘get back to normal’ will generate unprecedented demand on event safety and security.

COP 26 represents the next major shop window for event security and the eyes of the world will be on Scotland, not only to deliver outcomes that will deliver meaningful targets and plans to tackle climate change, but the smooth functioning and operational delivery of a flagship event will be vital to its success.

Key success factors to planning and delivering such an event are, but not limited to,

  • Threat led planning – truly understand through intelligence and threat assessing how the risks will manifest that could impact your event. COVID-19 will be on your risk register
  • Detailed planning – from the strategy to the risk mitigation plan. The planning must include a ‘plan b’ not only for managing the strategic threats to events but also the inevitable impact to the workforce of COVID-19
  • Crisis management – creating robust resilience within your planning and creating contingencies
  • Rehearsals – bench test all your plans with all parties involved through table top exercises and ensure emergency services are engaged
  • Strategic engagement – strong relationship management and interaction with law enforcement

Rose Partners is a trusted provider to government and blue-chip companies alike for major event management. From strategic inception through to delivery, we have a highly experienced leadership who have built high performing teams to execute on the most complex of events.