Localised Intelligence & Risk Report
What value would you place on accurate information when lives and multi-million dollar facilities are at risk? Business leaders are empowered when they have relevant and local intelligence.
A regime change, a virus outbreak, new risks of bribery and corruption, recent adverse regulations, these are high-level threats often occurred rapidly over a short period and they can make or break a company. Yet many companies with business ventures or facilities overseas are fundamentally unprepared for such threats.
When a sudden change happens, company directors and business leaders may scramble to find adequate plans or have enough information to help them make informed decisions. When the team is in distressed, mistakes are unavoidable, which can then set off a chain reaction and further compound the problems.
What you need is the most up-to-date information and threat intelligence obtained from authoritative sources and gained from where it applies most critically – locally. This is where our local intelligence specialists, part of our London-based corporate intelligence team, can assist. We proactively monitor geo-political and security events around the world and offer localised intelligence and risk reports which accurately evaluate the environments which our clients operate.
Common issues faced by company pertaining to overseas ventures or facilities
In an ideal world, a company should be able to plan for different kinds of scenario and devise counter measures accordingly. The topics should cover financial risk, strategic risk, operation risk, compliance risk, reputation risk, to name but a few.
In reality, we live in a highly complex world with unexpected events taking place daily. It will take too much time and resources to create a comprehensive plan and keep it updated as things change, which are constant. Assumptions made a year ago are likely to be swept under a mountain of paperwork as not many will remain relevant today, exhausting your resources and demoralising your planning staff in the process.
When you add overseas ventures or facilities into the mix, things are likely to get more complex, more rigid, and even more uncertain in some instances. Business leaders are well aware that communication problems because of language barriers, compliance issues pertaining to local tax, differing business affairs because of local partners having a different attitude, among many, are regular struggles without considering additional business and political changes.
In other words, although you and your team accept that change is inevitable in business, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the planning process and may not have adequate resources to manage and respond to changes happening overseas. But with our local intelligence team working alongside you, you will have clarity over local events, culture, political, legal and regulatory issues.
The value of localised intelligence and risk reports
When information is tailored to specific requirements and locations, based on intelligence gathered from these locations and taking into consideration any wider geo-political issues affecting the target of interest, business leaders are able to transform challenges into opportunities.
At Blackhawk Intelligence, our local intelligence, particularly local security and threat intelligence is gathered through local human intelligence (HUMINT), security reports from embassies and diplomatic sources, as well as open-source intelligence data (ONSIT). Our reports are accurate, succinct, transparent and cost-effective. We can deliver our reports or briefings to you on an hourly, daily, weekly or ad-hoc basis. We can also further customise the reports to suit C-level executives, managers, and/or administrative staff.
Business leaders and employees possessing accurate local intelligence are in a better position to:
- Assess and manage risks
- Reduce ambiguity and confusion
- Respond to crises and adversity
- Make informed decisions to keep overseas employees, facilities and investments safe
What localised intelligence and risk reports can reveal
It is evident that countries that were once considered safe are now considered risky, while others are suffering from higher risk woes. As such, business leaders can benefit from having timely and accurate information pertaining to:
- A coup d’état
- Political, social or religious unrest
- Terrorism threats
- Low-level and high-level criminal activity
- Traffic disruption
- Planned demonstrations
- Other key events, such as anticipated power outages that are likely to disrupt the smooth running of your business
Opportunities are revealed too
While the main aim of local intelligence is to highlight risks, timely information also presents tremendous opportunities for business leaders to take advantage of. You can use the information to forge new local partnerships or launch new products or services.
Rely on Blackhawk Intelligence for localised intelligence reports
Using progressive investigative methods, our local human intelligence (HUMINT) specialists collect, process and analyse information which can assist with your decision-making process. Geo-political and security related events are closely monitored so you can accurately assess and manage the risks with greater confidence.
Sources are dependent on the specific location. For example, the highest value sources are identified and utilised as per the location, but typical sources include:
- Open sources (local and English-language media and newspapers)
- Local HUMINT (Human intelligence) gathered by means of interpersonal contact
- International security reports, e.g. from embassies & diplomatic sources
The localised intelligence and risk reports by Blackhawk Intelligence
- Daily Security Reports deliver fresh updates on daily incidents & events.
- Emergency Action Notifications deliver real-time notifications and alerts on current events and risk factors, offering suggestions on what to be avoided and recommended responses to specific situations. These notifications are sent to key personnel within 30 minutes of receiving key information.
Format of the briefings
The format, frequency and target audience are tailored to each client. However, there are two popular client formats:
- Detailed weekly updates including forecasts and risk matrices
- HUMINT briefings on particular issues
There is no room for compromise
Our corporate intelligence team oversees five functions – due diligence, research, security, GDPR and risk management. Localised intelligence is part of risk management with cross-functional support from due diligence, research and security teams.
Multidisciplinary and dynamic, our corporate intelligence team consists of investigators, financial analysts and lawyers, as well as a global network of intelligence experts. We have the expertise and resources to assist the UK and international clients with issues concerning their business ventures and facilities overseas, so business leaders know how to mitigate threats and formulate a robust risk management solution.
Every piece of local intelligence and security threat is professionally researched, cross-reference and delivered through cost-effective local intelligence reports.
To find out more about how Blackhawk Intelligence can help you to reduce risks pertaining to your business ventures and facilities overseas, call us today on +44 (0)20 8108 9317.
Company A had a factory in an Asian country which witnessed a series of demonstrations severely impacting its operations. Our local intelligence team monitored the situation closely and kept Company A updated as the events unfolded. At one point, our local intelligence reports forewarned of protests that shut down a major airport. The company took proactive steps to stop personnel from flying in and out, successfully keeping its employees safe and minimise business disruption in the process.