Saffery Champness Accountants host Cyber Security webinar to support entrepreneurs

​On the 24th June, Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants held the first in their 12 part programme of webinars to support Entrepreneurs.  This first webinar was entitled “Managing your business:  Cyber Security” and Jamie Lane, a partner in the Bournemouth Office chaired the webinar, with guest speakers from Saepio Information Security, where all aspects of protecting your business from cyber attacks were discussed.  Whilst many businesses have successfully focused on their technology, especially during the pandemic where remote working has become the norm, the risk from cyber attack events has increased significantly.

Jamie Lane advised, “This is the first of our new series and was well attended from entrepreneurs seeking tips to manage what is an ever-increasing risk in their business.  We are excited about the variety of topics that are going to be covered in our series and especially welcoming many guest speakers along the way.”

 Saepio outlined some quite scary statistics at the outset of the webinar which would be enough for any CEO to take this risk to the top of the board agenda.   91% of respondents to the UK Government Cyber Breaches Survey had encountered an information security incident in the first half of 2021 however 81% of respondents had no dedicated security resource.  With sensitive data and GDPR compliance leading to record fines, and the amount of cyber fraud committed increasing significantly in recent times, Saepio set out some simple but valuable ideas on where business could focus some of their attention to help mitigate risk.

There were some great tips, including using the NSCS Board Toolkit as a resource to manage cyber risk in your business as well as their ‘Exercise in a Box’.  Conducting penetration tests atleast annually to ensure you understand any vulnerability and utilising multi-factor authentication are also good tips.  To see the full webinar visit 24 June – Entrepreneurs Webinar | Managing your business: Cyber security – Saffery Champness.

For a full programme of upcoming webinars go to Events – Saffery Champness.


New Head of Office at Saffery Champness Accountants in Bournemouth

Saffery Partner Roger Wareham has been appointed as the new Head of Office at Saffery Champness Accountants in Bournemouth, taking over from senior Partner Nick Fernyhough, who previously held the role for 5 years.

Nick Fernyhough said, “It has been an honour to lead our office through such a significant phase of its journey with the office having almost doubled in size since I took over the position. I feel it is important to now hand over this role to Roger who is ideally placed to lead the office through its next exciting chapter.”

Roger Wareham commented “I am very proud to succeed Nick as Head of Office. We continue to see significant growth, with some really exciting opportunities in front of us. Our industry is in a period of significant change, both in the mix of firms operating within it but also from technology. We are well placed to take advantage of both of these.”


About Saffery Champness LLP
Saffery Champness LLP is a firm of chartered accountants that advises individuals and families, not-for-profit organisations and businesses across a range of sectors. As a member of Nexia International, it is part of a worldwide network of independent accounting and consulting firms.

For over 160 years, the firm’s success has been founded upon providing clients with a genuinely partner-led service and working with them to create bespoke solutions that help them to achieve their personal and business objectives. For more information or see Twitter @Safferys