Data Protection and Coronavirus


A message from The Information Commissioner

I began last month’s newsletter talking about how I was looking forward to seeing so many of you at our Data Protection Practitioners Conference in Manchester. The world feels very different a few weeks later…

To view the complete document click here… 


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The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now become law…..


NEWS -26th March 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now become law and is available on

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Culture & Governance


Improving culture in financial services is a continuing priority for the FCA.

FCA updated article, read here….

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FCA’s approach to ensuring firms treat customers’ fairly


Speech by Nisha Arora, Director, Consumer and Retail Policy at the FCA, delivered at the TISA Vulnerability Conference.

Read full article here….

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CII CPD Lunchtime Seminar: Background to Cyber and Claims Handling – Book your place today!


Date: Tuesday 17th March 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Registration from 11:45am)

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount House, Manchester M2 5NS

Speaker(s): Eur Ing Mark Hawksworth, Global Technology Specialist Practice Group Leader

Cost: Free of charge

Why is cyber hitting the headlines now, when computers have been around since the 1970’s? This presentation will cover the reasons why criminals have been able to monetarise cyber attacks over the past decade. We will explore the methods used by criminals to attack UK business, who is carrying out these attacks and explain how criminals are able to interact with other criminal groups, buy and sell, software, data and information.

We will look to provide a more in depth review of cyber claims handling using two award winning case studies.

For further detail so or to book your place click here…

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Please support Karen in her next challenge (I am sure she thinks she’s a mermaid!)

SwimSWIM 22 challenge

 “I have committed to swimming the English channel twice! (well the equivalent distance – 44 miles) over the period 22nd February  to 22nd May 2020 in my local pool to raise money for’’

Maybe this will be training for the real thing one day – who knows  (At least I won’t have to avoid the jellyfish and the oil tankers and endure before smothered in goose fat by doing it this way)

It’s going to be tough but I will be swimming towards a healthier me (before I become a couch potato) and also help provide a better future for people living with diabetes. I have family members and friends who suffer with diabetes and was astonished by the figures…..

Did you know there are over 4.7 million people living with diabetes in the UK, the complications of which lead to over 500 premature deaths every week?

Please support my challenge by hitting the donate button on my profile page to donate please click here….

I will  track my progress on my fundraising page regularly

Thanks ever so much for your support, it is much appreciated (no matter how small)



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Sophos sale hampered by FCA Change in Control blunder


Today was meant to be Brit security biz Sophos’s last day on the London Stock Exchange following its £3bn purchase by a US venture capital company.

But there’s been a bump in the road, a stick in the wheel, because Sophos was a member of the UK government’s “cycle to work” scheme – which offers staff loans to pay for bicycles and related stuff like lights, helmets and panniers.

For full story click here…

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IIM Lecture: Long Range Weather Forecasting and Insurance


The IIM are delighted to welcome Piers Corbyn to Manchester to present to our members.

As the industry becomes increasingly data and analytics driven Piers will offer an insight into how he and his company, Weather Action, look to accurately predict long range weather patterns and how this information can be applied in an insurance context.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the session, delegate will explore:
- What drives the weather and climate
- Methods and reality of long range weather forecasting
- Application of long range weather forecasting to insurance

Speaker Biography
Piers Corbyn is a leading pioneer of long-range weather and climate forecasting; founder and Director of WeatherAction.

 Tuesday, 18 February 2020
 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Manchester City Centre
For further details and to book, please click here…
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FSCS hikes broker levy up by £11m for 20/21


The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has announced a levy increase of £11m for brokers in its Plan and Budget for 2020/21.

According to the FSCS’s forecast, the general insurance distribution class is expected to pay a levy of £23m for the financial year, up from £12m in 2019/20.

To read the full article click here….

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First Aid for Mental Health Course


Manchester City Centre

9am – 1.00pm

19th March 2020

£75 plus vat

Contact us for details and to book your place…

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