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CommunityMatt Ball, Communication & External Relations Director
We Bring Strategy ConsultantsFrom We Bring Strategy Consultants, we always focus on collaborating with companies that share our values, from a personal, transparent and professional approach. Assured Clarity is one of those companies which we feel identified with and it is a pleasure to work with them developing different projects.
Xabier Garatea, General Manager
Hoppings Quality Timber ProductsSince 1920, Hoppings Softwood Products Plc (Hoppings) has specialised in the import, manufacture, distribution and branding of quality and sustainable softwood timber products. The company was ahead of many similar sized organisations when it came to placing GDPR firmly on the boardroom agenda, raising the issue two years ago. However, it was in early 2018 that its GDPR Working Party decided to call upon the expertise of Assured Clarity’s certified GDPR practitioners to help them meet the 25th May deadline for compliance.
Carl Hansen is the Finance Director and Company Secretary at Hoppings who, along with the IT Manager, form the GDPR Working Party. He states: “We were looking for expertise, but many seemed over the top with cost to match. From our very first meeting with Carolyn Harrison of Assured Clarity it was evident that they understood our business and what we would need to do to get on the right path towards compliance. We were also impressed by their pragmatic approach and willingness to challenge what we had done and our rationale for doing so.”
The Hoppings team met with Assured Clarity four times, including a meeting with 20 of its 70 staff. Together they compiled a 15-page mapping document which identified and outlined the potential areas of risk and highlighting the course action that needed to be taken. This included working with Human Resources to update staff handbooks and providing employee training, working with Marketing to cleanse the database, as well as putting new processes in place to ensure new data that entered the organisation would be treating in accordance with the regulation.
“Assured Clarity not only demonstrated a robust understanding of the regulation, but also a wealth of experience from helping others on their GDPR journey, which we have certainly benefited from. It has been a very enlightening, informative and collaborative relationship.” Carl concludes: “Today, we are confident that Hoppings is at least 95% of the way there in terms of revising documentation and implementing the process changes needed. However, we have also learnt along the way that GDPR compliance must always be work in progress.”
Sense WorldwideSense Worldwide is an innovation consultancy that uses The Sense Network, a global talent platform that incubates ideas, to help build the futures of Fortune 500 organisations and start-ups alike. The Sense Network naturally holds a lot of sensitive personal data, which it safeguards through stringent measures to ensure it is securely stored, used appropriately and in accordance with all regulation. As such, the company was fast to react when the GDPR was announced, seeking out expert advice to ensure Sense Worldwide would be in full compliance with the new data protection regulation from day-one.
The work toward GDPR compliance coincided with a major database redesign the company was undertaking and Associate Director, Emma Skipper explains the challenge: “Due to the sensitive way in which we have always treated our members’ personal data in the past, we felt confident that our path to GDPR compliance would be fairly straightforward. However, at the time there was a lot of misleading information being circulated and little consensus regarding how certain rules should be applied. It is no exaggeration to say we felt that one unnecessary wrong move had the potential to decimate any database.”
Assured Clarity and its team of Certified GDPR Practitioners were recommended to Sense Worldwide and provided the clear interpretation of the regulation and light-touch guidance as new procedures were introduced and others adapted. “The intimate knowledge of GDPR the team was able to bring, notably regarding issues of managing consent and our internal processes for sharing personal data, was invaluable,” adds Emma. “Assured Clarity brought calm and common sense to the entire process.”
Emma concludes: “Thanks to Assured Clarity and the hard work of our team, we can say with confidence that the right knowledge, processes and culture are firmly in place to ensure Sense Worldwide is today, and will in the future, be fully in line with GDPR.”