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RSM launches partnership with Subtle Speaks aimed at securing safer nightlife

The ‘safer dance’ partnership combines RSM’s Insight4GRC risk management software with ESG (environment, social and governance) and risk consultancy to provide nightlife businesses with tools to reduce sexual harassment

RSM UK has launched a new partnership with Subtle Speaks, a community interest company, to help nightclubs and music venues stamp out sexual harassment and other risks associated with the night-time economy.

The ‘safer dance’ partnership combines RSM’s Insight4GRC risk management software with ESG (environment, social and governance) and risk consultancy to provide nightlife businesses with tools to reduce sexual harassment and other risks for both customers and staff.

This includes club and festival promotional activities developed following significant experience of working with businesses in the night-time economy.

The concept of safer dance was developed by Birmingham City University graduate Sam Hennerley and Jack Young, a music marketing consultant.

Safer Dance has recently been working with nightlife businesses to explore and consult on their approach to managing sexual harassment risk.

A series of pilots focused on the management of sexual harassment risk have already been carried out with participation from large well-known nightclubs in London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Data from UN Women in 2021 highlighted that 71% of women in the UK have some form of experienced sexual harassment in a public space. This figure rises to 86% among 18-24 year-olds. According to Drinkaware, more than three-quarters (79%) of females think harassment is likely to happen to them or their female friends on a night out.

Paul Callum, associate director of risk assurance, RSM UK, said: “Managing sexual harassment can be challenging for venues, so having a risk management framework provides them, their staff and their customers with the confidence that they take safety seriously.

“As clubs and venues have emerged from the pandemic, they have faced a whole new world of uncertainty and nervousness among customers, regulators, investors, social agitators and government. Businesses are therefore seeking to formalise and strengthen the management of key risks, and Safer Dance helps progressive business leaders in the night-time economy do that.”

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