Modern Slavery

Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

Date: 27 September 2023

Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) requires commercial organisations operating in the UK with an annual turnover in excess of £36m to produce a ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’ for each financial year of the organisation.

This is the first financial year BH Live has exceeded the turnover threshold of £36m and therefore this is the first modern slavery statement we have produced.

Introduction from the Chief Executive
BH Live is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.

We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we strive to act ethically and with integrity in all of our business dealings and relationships to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. We shall also ensure our approach and stance is clear with our partner organisations.

BH Live is one of the south’s leading operator of leisure and event venues – a registered charity and social enterprise whose purpose is to generate;

  • More participation – through the provision of leisure facilities to encourage active communities, improved health and well-being
  • Higher audiences – through the provision of a diverse range of cultural and artistic events that appeal to a wide audience
  • Greater economic and social benefit – through hosting major conferences, exhibitions, and events for the benefit of the local, regional and international economies and people

Organisational Structure
BH Live is a private limited company by guarantee and also a registered charity. BH Live Enterprises Limited is a trading subsidiary of BH Live. This statement covers all staff, suppliers and activities undertaken by both companies.

BH Live manages a diverse portfolio of venues and leisure facilities, with millions of visits per year. Our geographical reach spans across 15 venues and attractions across Bournemouth, Portsmouth and in Croydon. BH Live has approximately 1,500 staff working at its facilities and currently operates only in the United Kingdom. Our supply chains include local Councils, events producers and promoters, providers of food and drink, energy companies, staff agencies and other business services including IT software services providers. The high risk areas for suppliers where modern slavery is more likely to take place relates to hospitality staff, uniform and clothing, cleaning services, and equipment purchases.

Our Statement
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business or in our supply chains. This statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in BH Live or our supply chains. We have a number of internal policies that are linked with this statement including our recruitment policy (including eligibility of work checks for all employees), whistleblowing policy, and
procurement policy.

Our procurement policy refersto compliance with all legislation including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We aim to only engage with suppliers who also commit to complying with this Act.

Compliance with Our Statement
All persons working for us or on our behalf must read, understand and comply with this Statement and avoid anything that might lead to a breach of it. Individuals should raise concerns or suspicions of modern slavery in any part of our business with their manager as soon as they become aware of it and must notify their manager if they believe or suspect a conflict with the statement has occurred. If individuals are unsure whether a particular activity constitutes a breach of this statement, this should be raised with their manager. We always encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this statement, even if they turn out
to be mistaken.

We will treat any breach of our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement very seriously.

In this year we have carried out checks on our supply chain, we have reviewed compliance with the Act of our top ten suppliers (by spend) by ensuring they have published a current Modern Slavery Statement on their website.

BH Live’s continued commitment
We recognise the importance of maintaining constant vigilance to identify and address any issues associated with slavery and human trafficking within BH Live and also through our supply chains. We are committed to continuing to enhance our capacity to identify, prevent and mitigate any actual or potential risks in these areas. This includes communications through various channels to colleagues and also the ability to report concerns through our management reporting systems.

In order to combat modern slavery and human trafficking, we understand that our efforts need to be ongoing and improved upon year on year. To assess the effectiveness of the measures taken by us to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking, we will use the following performance measures to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains.

  • Staff awareness and training levels;
  • Supply chain auditing

We will provide training to our employees on how to identify and report any potential signs of modern slavery. We will also encourage our suppliers to provide similar training to their employees.

Where possible we will undertake compliance checks on new suppliers by checking those with turnover over £36 million have published a Modern Slavery Statement for the most recent year and also check commitment from other smaller companies especially those in the highlighted high risk areas.

This statement has been approved by the Board of Trustees and is signed by Jon Workman,

Chief Executive.
Jon Workman Chief Executive