Business leaders plan ‘fight back’ to restore Rotherham’s reputation in wake of grooming scandal

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Business leaders in Rotherham want the town to ‘fight back’ to restore its reputation in the wake of the grooming scandal.

The South Yorkshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses has announced plans to ‘restore the town’s reputation as a great place to do business’.

The FSB are planning to work with South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council on a new initiative called ‘Businesses Waging War Against Crime’ as part of the campaign.

A meeting about the initiative will take place on Tuesday, June 16, at Rotherham Town Hall at 6pm, where police will be outlining a joint project with the FSB to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Information will also be given about the Rotherham Business Crime portal - an internet-based system which allows companies to access secure information on the activities of those convicted of committing criminal offences.

Gordon Millward, FSB regional chairman, said: “The FSB is 100 per cent committed to restoring the commercial reputation of the Rotherham business community.

“Things have been said describing a Rotherham which, frankly, we don’t recognise. After 150 years of industrial tradition we cannot allow the town’s legacy to be determined by the nefarious activities of a small minority of criminals.

“We are looking to secure the support of local businesses in the battle to reduce crime and its impact on the local economy. As we move forward, we must ensure that local businesses are united in the battle to eradicate crime and repel the stigma once and for all.”

The event at the Town Hall is free to attend but places must be booked.