Last Thursday saw a packed room turning up on a cold winter’s evening to learn about the new data privacy regulations – the GDPR. The Chamber marshalled the knowledge of its members to put together a broad over view of the challenges faced by enterprises of all sizes in implementing the new regulations:

  • Paul Gardner, of GardnerThoprpe Solicitors took us through an overview of the key points of the regulations
  • Tracey Barney, of Guildford HR, reviewed the aspects of the regulations pertinent to recruiting, supporting and leaving employees
  • Richard Paterson, of PAAC IT Ltd, discussed the implications on data and computer systems of keeping personal information secure;
  • Craig McGowan, of McGowan Corporate Solutions suggested ways of mitigating risk through insurance; and
  • Eddie Paterson, of PAAC IT Ltd, galloped through the elements of creating a plan to prepare for the new regulations.

The main message the team delivered was that although there is a lot to do to prepare for the new regulations, there is no need to panic. There’s plenty of time if you start now and put a plan together that covers the issues you need to address.

We received some very positive feedback from the evening – and also some suggestions about improving refreshments next time!

  • Very helpful in finding a way forward,
  • Very useful and informative,
  • Thank you for taking the trouble to inform us about this,
  • Thought provoking, maybe covered too much ground, but glad I came though.

You can download the GDPR presentation and Paul Gardner’s talk by clicking this link. We also have several GDPR articles on our website that you can access here and here.

Further help is available from any of our speakers and a GDPR self-assessment toolkit for small businesses is available on the Information Commissioner’s website, here.