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Strong turnout for Newhaven’s business event, featuring talks on sustainable travel and data protection


Almost 60 local businesses attended The Newhaven Enterprise Centre’s latest Networking Hub for presentations on data security and sustainable travel options.

Guest speaker, Keiron Northmore from Greenlight Security (a Sussex-based IT firm), has many years of experience helping businesses protect themselves from cyber security risks and is a trusted advisor in the IT industry. Keiron’s talk was on the ‘Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard’ (PCI DSS), and he advised that any business which takes payment using card – either directly or via PayPal – needs to have an understanding of these standards. Interestingly, Keiron noted that SMEs are prime targets for data thieves and in 2013 alone, 87% of small businesses suffered from a security incident of some kind.

Also speaking was Harriet Knights, a project officer for the Sustrans ‘Bike It!’ scheme. Harriet has been working closely with The Newhaven Enterprise Centre in recent months to organise events and promote green travel. At the Networking Hub, she gave an informative presentation on how sustainable travel can save the environment as well company money. Harriet also brought along an electric bike for the attendees to test, which proved immensely popular.

Roxanne Haid, centre manager at the Basepoint operated business centre, comments: “It was brilliant to have not one, but two terrific guest speakers lined up at our latest Networking Hub which is why I think we achieved such a strong turnout. We received a lot of positive feedback after the event, and I think everyone took some form of advice away with them which was great.”