Join our exclusive webinar to see why standards aren't just for big organisations, with illustrations of how standards can help safeguard your business data in the face of cyber threats and support effective energy cost management. Plus, seize the chance to access a treasure trove of over 90,000 British/European and International Standards with our special BSI Membership offer!

Event Details

Unlock the power of standards with our upcoming session! Join us as we demystify the world of business standards, revealing how standards can protect your data and save you money.

In this enlightening webinar, we won't just talk theory – we'll delve into a real-world example showcasing how standards act as a shield, enhancing your business resilience in the face of ever-present challenges like cyber threats and escalating energy costs.

Relevant across all sectors, this session is your gateway to understanding the transformative impact of standards on business success. Don't miss the chance to elevate your knowledge and fortify your business for a future of resilience and trust.

About BSI

BSI is a business improvement and standards company and for over a century BSI has been recognized for having a positive impact on organizations and society, building trust and enhancing lives. Today BSI partners with more than 77,500 clients in 195 countries and engages with a 15,000 strong global community of experts, industry and consumer groups, organizations and governments. Utilizing its extensive expertise in key industry sectors - including automotive, aerospace, built environment, food and retail, and healthcare - BSI delivers on its purpose by helping its clients fulfil theirs.

BSI provides organizations with the confidence to grow by partnering with them to tackle society’s critical issues – from climate change to building trust in digital transformation and everything in between - to accelerate progress towards a better society and a sustainable world. BSI is appointed by the UK Government as the National Standards Body and represents UK interests at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the European Standards Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI).

What will participants gain?

  • An understanding of how standards are created and why businesses use them.
  • Cyber risk - what small businesses need to consider:
    • 40% of UK businesses suffer a cyber-attack each year
    • What are the most cost-effective steps small organisations can take?
    • How can standards help to keep track of cyber risks and mitigate them
  • A step by step approach for SMEs to put in place an energy management system, including:
    • Energy Standards: Guidelines for managing energy efficiently.
    • Interactive Emission Reduction Tool: A tool to help organizations calculate their emission reductions, aiding in managing energy costs
    • Future plans for standards to support net zero transition planning
  • Opportunity to ask our experts questions.
  • Subscribe to a new BSI Membership offer that includes access to over 90,000 British/European and International Standards.

In collaboration with the FSB, BSI is piloting a new BSI Membership offer in tandem with the webinar, featuring full access to BSI's Knowledge digital library with over 90,000 British, European, and International standards at £360 per year. Webinar registrants can express interest in this offer, but only 150 micro organisations can participate during the pilot testing phase. Don't miss the chance to explore this cost-effective avenue for micro businesses to access and leverage the benefits of standards for their growth. To register your interest, please fill in this form.

We hope that you can join us!


Dave Sharpe

Dave is a familiar face at FSB events, regularly hosting webinars, live events and the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. When not working with FSB, Dave is also a presenter with the BBC and can be heard reporting on football matches and contributing to sports shows on local UK radio stations.


David Bell - BSI Director of Standards Policy

David Bell is Director of Standards Policy at the British Standards Institution (BSI), the UK’s National Standards Body. He heads a team which is responsible for BSI's input to the international and European standards bodies, ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC on technical and policy issues.  In addition, David manages BSI's institutional relations with national and regional standards organizations, as well as relations with British industry, UK government and with key stakeholders, including consumer and public interest groups. An economist by training, David was a member of the Council of ISO for five years, and a member of the ISO Finance Committee. David has recently joined the IEC Business Advisory Committee, is a former member of the CEN and CENELEC Boards, and chairs CEN/CENELEC’s Task Force on Africa. 

Matilda Rhode - BSI Digital Sector Lead Artificial Intelligence & Cyber Security

Dr Matilda Rhode is the sector lead for AI and cyber security at BSI and is responsible for developing the strategy around AI and cyber security standards for the UK’s national standards body. She previously worked in cyber security in the aerospace industry and worked as a research scientist applying machine learning solutions to cyber security problems.

Sara Walton - BSI Sustainability Sector Experts

Sara Walton is Sector Lead: Net Zero for BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body. Sara explores key challenges for sectors related to food, retail, and services, alongside practitioners and experts, to uncover real world solutions. She has over 10 years’ experience of standardization development and related solutions. Sara has led UK committees working in, amongst other subjects, governance, public sector procurement, quality management, occupational health and safety and conformity assessment. Prior to working for BSI, Sara worked in business-to-business information publishing, creating, and delivering knowledge solutions for organizations based on their legal and compliance needs.

Thomas Butler - Information & Cyber Security Professional

Thomas is an ex-Big Four information & cyber security professional with over 30 years of experience providing strategic, organizational, technology and risk-based pragmatic solutions across multiple geographies and industries from detailed engineering to board-level engagement. Working from a strong consultancy background Thomas demonstrates expertise in board level communications, executive security management, compliance, strategy, technology transformation, third party assurance, data protection, cloud security and complex security solution design that balances business risk with value centric results.

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