As the nation gets ready to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we recommend that the retail and hospitality sectors prepare for a busy bank holiday weekend – and an increase in security risk.
Throughout 2022, Her Majesty the Queen has been celebrating 70 years on the throne, a milestone no other British monarch has reached. As part of the Platinum Jubilee festivities, an extra bank holiday has been added to the calendar in early June and the late May bank holiday has been moved, giving the UK a four-day weekend from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June. The long weekend will see a range of public events taking place across the country, as well as street parties and extended opening hours for pubs and bars.
When the Queen marked her Diamond Jubilee back in 2012, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported a “bunting boost”, with increased footfall and sales going up by 3.5% in total. Stephen Robertson, then BRC Director said: “A trip to the shops played a big part in preparations for the occasion. The week leading up to the long weekend was a stand-out for the retail sector. Food and clothing and footwear retailers had the best of it as people bought in special food and drink and encouraged by warmer weather, some treated themselves to shorts, dresses and sandals.”
If the upcoming Platinum Jubilee weekend gives the retail sector a similar boost to 2012, then businesses need to start preparing now, as higher footfall brings additional security risks. Busy trading periods and lively public gatherings can be unpredictable, so thorough preparation is vital to ensure everyone feels safe as they work and socialise, and to guarantee that any incidents can be addressed effectively in a timely manner.
To make sure you are fully supported in your security needs throughout the Jubilee celebrations, please contact us as soon as possible to arrange for any additional personnel or equipment you require. We have a wealth of expertise in event security and offer a range of manned guarding options and the latest security technology.
For the best technology with efficient manpower providing smart protection get in touch with us today to discuss your bespoke security solution.