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Workspace® Commits To Best-In-Class Connectivity By Seeking Wired Certification For 50 Buildings

Workspace® Commits To Best-In-Class Connectivity By Seeking Wired Certification For 50 Buildings

•    London’s largest flexible space provider has already certified 15 locations, which achieved the international commercial rating scheme’s two highest rankings
•    Workspace has made a long-term commitment to provide its 4,000 business occupiers with an exceptional technology infrastructure by securing a rating of Wired Certified Gold or above for 50 buildings across its portfolio by 2019
Workspace® today announces its commitment to certifying 50 buildings across its portfolio to a Wired Certified Gold rating or above by international connectivity rating scheme WiredScore by 2019. To date, WiredScore has certified 15 of Workspace’s locations at a Wired Certified Gold rating or above – reflecting Workspace’s ambition to provide the highest standards of digital infrastructure across its portfolio.
Workspace hosts a diverse community of around 4,000 businesses in well-located spaces across the Capital, including the City, Kennington, Farringdon and London Bridge. Each enterprise, from newly formed start-ups to multinational corporations, comes with its own unique set of needs and ambitions, but one thing that all modern businesses have in common is a reliance on exceptional connectivity. The partnership with WiredScore represents one element of ‘The Workspace Advantage’: the company’s ambition to furnish London businesses with the best office environment to help them succeed. This includes world-class technology infrastructure, design-led locations with space to grow, and opportunities to network and collaborate.
Chris Pieroni, Operations Director, Workspace, said: “London is the world’s financial hub, one of the globe’s tech capitals and a growing hotspot for creative industries. Given the Capital’s strength in attracting and growing business, you would expect all businesses to have access to the same standard of high-speed, resilient connectivity. Instead there is a significant variance, which has traditionally disadvantaged smaller organisations that don’t have the resources for a dedicated team to maintain their digital infrastructure. In fact, one in four small businesses in the UK are held back by unreliable internet connections.
“At Workspace, it’s important for us to play a leading role in providing London’s most enterprising businesses with the environment they need to succeed. We have already achieved Wired Certified Gold or above at 15 locations and intend to roll out the accreditation across our portfolio. The work we are doing to secure these ratings reiterates our commitment to the needs of our occupiers and the globally recognised seal of approval should reassure our customers.”
Mark Bembridge, CEO of Smartology, based at Workspace’s Metal Box Factory in Southwark, said: “As an advertising technology company, it is crucial that our own tech capabilities are of the highest quality, and the Wired Certified Platinum rating gives us peace of mind that the infrastructure in our office will support our operations. We are encouraged to see Workspace’s continued dedication to facilitating reliable connectivity for its customers, which was a driving factor behind choosing Metal Box Factory as our London base.”
William Newton, President & EMEA Managing Director, WiredScore, said: “Connectivity is critical to business operations. By seeking a Wired Certified Gold rating or above for 50 buildings of their portfolio, Workspace has demonstrated its outstanding commitment to delivering excellent connectivity in its properties and making sure its tenants are in a space they can thrive in.”
Wired Certification champions cutting-edge technology by providing the definitive certification for rating the connectivity of office buildings. To date, 400 million sq ft of commercial real estate has been Wired Certified globally. All 15 of the Workspace locations that have been certified have secured a Wired Certified Gold rating or above – which confirms that they provide world-class, secure and resilient connectivity that meets the needs of customers’ now and future-proofs the properties for the years ahead.
Workspace secured its ratings by providing tenants with immediate access to high-speed internet connectivity, best-in-class levels of infrastructure diversity and robust emergency back-up services to protect against service disruption. Workspace owns its properties and therefore has full control of, and can regularly upgrade, the digital infrastructure in line with changing connectivity requirements.
Workspace’s Metal Box Factory in Southwark and Mare Street in Hackney are two of the few commercial spaces in London to have achieved the Wired Certified Platinum rating for connectivity – alongside notable buildings such as The Shard and BBC Broadcast Centre.


 
Virtus Consult secures NHS SBS Framework place

Virtus Consult secures NHS SBS Framework place

Leading multi-disciplinary real estate consultancy Virtus Consult has been appointed to the NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) Framework, after its application to participate in the proposed Framework Agreement was accepted.
Having submitted its proposal in January 2018, Virtus Consult can reach a greater number of public-sector organisations, looking to procure Construction Consultancy Services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
The four-year contract, will develop an effective partnership between Virtus Consult and the NHS SBS, providing the business with an opportunity to maximise sales and build working relationships with a number of high-profile members and associates.
Virtus Consult Director, Jan Ponsford, said: “It is gratifying to learn that our all hard work has come to fruition and we have been successful in the specific lots targeted, including: Project Management, Quantity Surveyor, Principal Designer Services and Energy Efficiency and Associated Products.
“Securing the NHS SBS Framework Agreement will ensure more public-sector organisations can now benefit from our experience, expertise and cost-effective services to help them save money on all their future infrastructure and energy efficiency projects.
“Using the Framework means that no formal tendering is required, allowing participants to save valuable time and money during the procurement process, while offering organisations the freedom and flexibility to choose the suppliers they want to work with.
“The Framework will help publicise our business to a much wider customer base, as it is made available free of charge to all public-sector organisations in the UK, including but not limited to the NHS, blue light services, universities, schools and other local authorities.
“From a business perspective, we’re also able to directly offer our services to a group of core members who have paid a fee for the complete portfolio of NHS SBS Framework Agreements, meaning we are targeting customers that are actively seeking professional support.
“Given our industry experience and history delivering projects for a range of public sector clients, we believe the SBS Framework will further solidify our position within the industry, while helping us grow and secure new business.”
Nathan Hodgson, Category Manager at NHS Shared Business Services, commented: “The aim of this Framework is to provide estates, facilities and capital teams a compliant route to the market for the provision of consultancy services from a wide range of specialisms.
“It delivers a range of pricing options for both traditional design and build options, allowing customers to identify the support they require directly – streamlining the entire procurement process.
“We were especially impressed with Virtus Consult’s application and after careful consideration decided to award the NHS SBS Framework to the business on a four-year contract.
“Given its abundance of industry experience and proven track-record delivering projects across a range of different sectors, we are sure that Virtus Consult will experience the true potential of the SBS Framework and the benefits it offers businesses.”


 
Gold Award Makes Cleankill Pest Control An Industry World Leader

Gold Award Makes Cleankill Pest Control An Industry World Leader

Surrey based Cleankill has become one of the first pest control companies in the world to be awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard, demonstrating the company’s commitment to high performance through good people management.
Cleankill Pest Control has offices in Kenley, South Croydon, and Seaford, East Sussex, and employs 33 staff. The company started trading from a bedroom office in 1995 and now has a turnover of over £2 million.
Cleankill’s Managing Director Paul Bates said: “As an award-winning pest management company, Cleankill is extremely proud of its Investors in People accreditation which it has held since 2005. After our 2014 assessment we were awarded Investors in People Silver status – the first pest control company in England to achieve this level. We have been working very hard since then to make improvements and take recommendations on board and this has paid dividends.”
Investors in People Assessor Anne Hyde added: “The Investors in People Gold Award is testament to Cleankill’s commitment to engaging, empowering, developing and rewarding the whole workforce.”
The Investors in People assessment report cited the company’s ethos called ‘The Cleankill Way’ as one of the reasons for the company’s success. The Cleankill Way underpins everything that happens across the organisation and states that:
• Our staff are the most highly trained in the industry
• Our staff enjoy working for Cleankill, including through appropriate recognition and reward
• Our customers and their needs are at the heart of our business strategy
• We invest, at all levels of the company, into our communities as a responsible business, both in terms of our time and charitable giving, and in our ethical and green credentials, ensuring that as a pest control company our minimal use of pesticides and our investment in newer techniques means that our effect on the environment is minimised.
Cleankill has won a number of awards in recent years including: Best Business for Staff Training and Development at the 2016 Croydon Business Excellence Awards, Green Business of the Year at the 2017 Gatwick Diamond Awards and Responsible Business of the Year at the 2018 awards. The company was shortlisted for the international Investors in People Excellence in Social Responsibility Award in 2016.
Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.
Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Cleankill Pest Control. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. The Cleankill team should be extremely proud of its achievement.”
For more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.com


 
ISM reports successful event for relaunch into Scotland

ISM reports successful event for relaunch into Scotland

Intergrated Security Management (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of door entry and intercoms, has hailed the success of Security 2018 Scotland, in particular the positive reaction to its innovative Compact Series.
ISM also showcased its recently-launched IP Connect range of IP door entry products and popular Genesys Integrated Security Management System (ISMS) at the event in Glasgow.
Geoff Pye, Managing Director (Joint) at ISM, says the event was a useful springboard to focus again on the Scottish market: “Security 2018 Scotland has given us a great platform to engage with potential customers and showcase our portfolio of high-quality and reliable systems.
“The Compact door entry system was particularly well received, and it was also very encouraging to have some initial conversations about our new IP Connect range.”
Compact is a robust, vandal resistant telephone entry system for low-rise residential buildings owned or managed by authorities that need a cost-effective system, that is easy to use, install and maintain.
Security 2018 Scotland was hosted at the Hilton hotel in Glasgow and featured a lineup of top industry speakers including Gordon MacKenzie, Head of Security Services at University of Strathclyde, and Dr David BaMaung, Director at Camor Training.


 
UK businesses warned about a ticking data time bomb - in the warehouse

UK businesses warned about a ticking data time bomb - in the warehouse

UK businesses are being warned there could be as many as 30 million out of date boxes in warehouses around the country - acting as at ticking data time bomb.
For years, companies have outsourced storage of millions of boxes filled with papers and records, sometimes for legal reasons because they have to be kept and sometimes for convenience.
But information management experts Crown Records Management say up to 15 per cent of boxes stored are past their 'destroy date' and being kept unnecessarily.
That has huge data protection issues when the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in on May 25 this year - because companies will need to know what personal data they hold, where it is and be able to edit or delete it on demand.
David Fathers, Regional General Manager at Crown Records Management, said: "This is a far bigger problem than people realise because GDPR doesn't only apply to digital data, it applies to physical data on paper too.
"That means keeping boxes full of records when you don't need to - and especially when you have no idea what they contain - is a ticking data time bomb. It could cost businesses a lot of money and in the worst case scenario lead to data breaches and big fines.
"Getting accurate figures on the number of boxes affected across the country is difficult because of the mix of outsourced managed items and ‘in-house’ storage facilities and then there is also self-storage or removals companies that house documents too. Our company alone stores millions of cartons of documents and we estimate that around 15 per cent are either past their destroy date, or have been kept for over 10 years having never been accessed.
"Based on that, our estimate is that the total number of outsourced boxes alone is between 150m-200m - and that could mean a staggering 22.5-30m cartons which are being kept unnecessarily.”
Businesses are being advised to either destroy boxes which no longer need to be kept or at the very least know why they are keeping them.
David Fathers added: "A lot of people are keeping these boxes 'just in case' or because or they don’t know what’s in them – or because they are worried about throwing something away which will miraculously become useful in the future.
"But that is a false economy. Under GDPR companies really need to know what data they are storing and where it is.
"The regulation gives citizens new rights to ask for their data to be edited or deleted and so paying to store 'mystery boxes' really is bad news."


 
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