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Yorkshire-based Vapour launches Fortinet-backed SD-WAN solution for hybrid workers

Posted: Tuesday 20 April 2021

Elland-headquartered cloud technology disruptor Vapour has launched a solution using SD-WAN technologies to protect UK businesses from the overlooked security risks associated with hybrid working. Deployed as a software licence – with three levels of support available on a ‘price per user per month’ basis – the solution facilitates endpoint visibility and management, secure remote access for employees irrespective of location, and automated threat intelligence and response. Mindful that IT leaders are seeking zero-touch provisioning, this Fortinet-backed technology is even simpler to roll out, as no hardware installation is required. The service has been 12 months in the planning. With transparent visibility to each endpoint, the solution gives IT teams full control over individual compliance, and ensures that endpoint-borne risks such as firewall weaknesses or unsecure home routers will not pose a threat to corporate networks. Security workflows are automated for proactive ongoing management, and dynamic controls mean the SD-WAN technology ‘fixes itself’, based on colleagues’ security posture, and the speed, performance, and traffic on the network at a given point in time. Potential security threats are also raised, and incidents contained almost instantly. Commenting on the timeliness of the launch, Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer said: “We all know that the traditional 9-5 is long gone, with employees seeking increasing flexibility from their working day –especially when it comes to location. Many people are keen to remain at home, some are hungry to return to the workplace, and others want the fluidity to decide from one day to the next. “Hybrid working is definitely the future, but this isn’t the easiest to manage from a network security perspective. This is exactly why we’ve launched this solution – it’s powerful technology designed to liberate businesses, as they move forward in a post-Covid world.” Vapour’s market research revealed that most organisations are reliant on VPNs only, but the cost and time associated with managing this approach to network security means the solution is usually available for a limited number of senior colleagues alone. Vapour’s senior network engineer Salim Ramzan added: “The beauty of our software-focused solution to secure hybrid working, is that it is technically brilliant, but operationally effortless. Even the ‘Lite’ version of the licence includes functionality that I predict 40% of IT leaders don’t currently have. “That’s the benefit of investing in a security-first cloud architecture – security lies at the heart of it, rather than it being an afterthought. For example, a sandbox feature automatically identifies potentially malicious inbound content, sends it to Fortinet and explores its validity, in seconds, before allowing it to land in the recipient’s inbox. If the sandbox is dissatisfied with the outcome, the content is held and the IT director is alerted so that they can investigate it further, in a secure environment, if they wish.” Further information on Vapour’s Lite, Premium and Pro licences, can be found at vapourcloud.com/SD-WAN-hybrid-working
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YPS off to a strong start in new home!

Posted: Tuesday 20 April 2021

Yorkshire Packaging Systems, the leading UK suppliers of shrink and stretch wrapping solutions, are now fully operational at their new headquarters in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, and report that they have experienced a triumphant month since opening their doors on 1st March. The increased capacity offered by the 30,000sq feet double warehouse has allowed YPS to vastly increase their stocks of flexible films, orders of which have been coming in thick and fast in recent weeks, with the firm shipping out as many as 100 pallets of shrink and stretch wrap per day. The double-level showroom has allowed for a greater collection of machines to be showcased and multiple customers have already benefitted from socially distanced machinery trials in the open-plan setting. The increased office space at the Brighouse site also means that YPS can afford to expand the in-house customer service team and as such are currently recruiting for two new sales order processing colleagues. The company’s much-anticipated rebrand was unveiled alongside the move and it has been warmly received by customers and suppliers alike. YPS have revealed some insights behind their branding choices, introducing a futuristic, technological corporate font, a shade of ‘Yorkshire Slate’ to convey the stability and reliability of four decades in business and a striking icon which alludes to a protective packaging layer around a product. Some final touches are being made to the site to prepare it for a grand opening that Yorkshire Packaging are planning when COVID restrictions ease, and early feedback indicates the event will be well attended. Glyn Johnson, YPS M.D. enthused ‘This move is the realisation of many years hard work and planning for our family firm and I still pinch myself daily when I pull up at the gates of our new home! We’ve got our eyes firmly set on further growth and success and the new premises will hopefully facilitate this, allowing us to cater to more customers with shorter turnarounds on machine and film products. I can’t wait to welcome customers through our doors!’
Posted by Yorkshire Packaging Systems
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Posted: Monday 12 April 2021

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Posted by Justo Software
From Market Stall To High Tech Business Owner

Posted: Thursday 08 April 2021

Our Co-Founder and MD features in this months Yorkshire Businesswoman magazine - https://yorkshirebusinesswoman.co.uk/latest-edition/
Posted by Justo Software
Vapour and ICC join forces to deliver next-generation managed service proposition

Posted: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Cloud specialist Vapour has joined forces with global IT solutions provider The ICC Group (ICC), to deliver a next-generation managed service proposition for customers. The collaboration follows ICC’s appointment of well-known industry name Gary Saunders, who will be responsible for growing the managed service division to a multi-million-pound revenue business, in only two years. With a 60-strong nationwide team and an extensive customer base within the SME, enterprise and public sector markets, ICC’s market success to date has primarily been a result of its hardware product and maintenance offering. But recognising the ever-evolving needs of customers, and rising demand for proactively managed services, the organisation sought the skill-set of an experienced Microsoft CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) to bolster its already successful partner portfolio. The collaboration means that when ICC customers want to embark on a digital transformation journey, or a cloud-first overhaul of their communications infrastructure, the two firms will join forces to deliver something that truly satisfies the requirements of the brief, and best leverages the expertise of both teams. “As is the case with any partner we choose to collaborate with, critical to ICC is an unswerving commitment to putting the customer first,” explained The ICC Group’s CEO, Leon Wheeler. “So, whether we’re devising a business continuity solution rich with disaster recovery functionality, a savvy comms platform to facilitate productive remote working, or an analytics layer to unlock business intelligence, it has to centre on what the customer needs, not what we’d like to sell. “This sounds like such an obvious statement to make, but you’d be surprised how much of this still goes on – and it just doesn’t cut it, especially in the current landscape.” Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer added: “Like Vapour, ICC is a technology-agnostic business that doesn’t push its own product agenda. These guys don’t try and sell something from their kitbag, just because it makes life easy. They really get to the heart of the customer’s requirements and develop the right-fit solution from there. I’m excited to see where we can go, together.” Vapour has already taken The ICC Group itself from a legacy on-premise voice system to a licence-based softphone environment designed to support the increased productivity, flexibility and connectedness of colleagues, whether they’re based in one of the company’s four offices or working remotely. “Even this simple transition for our own business, will bolster our grip on what’s going on – particularly for customers interacting with our service desk,” said Gary. “Armed with more intel, we can fine-tune the level of service we provide. We can analyse email and instant message dialogue too, which would traditionally have only been possible with a very expensive omnichannel platform. This is exactly the type of functionality we can open up to our customers, with ease. There are even Technology as a Service options in the pipeline. “It all comes down to adding value, and the perception of value has changed significantly in the last 12 months. Customers need agility from their supplier – that’s what leads to long-term relationships – and that’s exactly what we seek in our suppliers too.”
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Posted: Monday 22 March 2021

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Posted by Justo Software
Spring is just around the corner - a time for fresh ideas!

Posted: Wednesday 17 March 2021

Have you got an idea for an app? We are a Huddersfield based software development business currently working safely from home. Our passion has always been to be great coders. We know what good, and bad code can do to a digital experience. It’s why we started Torchbearer in the first place. The future’s exciting to us. The possibilities endless. Most of all, we want to give those that don’t have our programming skills, the chance to benefit from them. And if nobody ever worked again, we’d still be doing this. If we’ve learnt anything in our short history, it’s that there’s a business perception that software and apps are complicated to make, overrated and very expensive to deliver. Our mission is to dispel these myths and help the dreamers, pragmatists and sceptics out there enjoy great software that adds value to what they and their users do everyday. If you want to talk through an idea or opportunity - then please contact us at pete@torchbearer.dev or Jon@torchbeater.dev
Posted by Torchbearer Interactive
Construction begins on duo of clean energy generation plants in Lancs

Posted: Friday 12 March 2021

Electrical engineering firm, Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd, has commenced work on two new gas peaking plants in Lancashire. The contract will be delivered on behalf of infrastructure investment and asset management firm, Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. Construction work is well underway on a 10.3MW plant in Great Harwood, as well as a 6MW site in Burnley, and once complete, they will export electrical power to Distribution Network Operator (DNO), Electricity North West. The developments will also provide additional support for the grid and intermittent renewable energy sources – such as wind and solar. Yorkshire headquartered high-voltage specialist, Smith Brothers, is responsible for the private-side of the assignments, overseeing all Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) relating to the design and build of the generation plant, the supporting infrastructure, and final installation, testing and connection. Dave Ogden, director at Smith Brothers said: “We are pleased to be continuing our working relationship with Quinbrook and delighted to be a part of two significant developments. These further strengthen our position of being synonymous with high-quality, ECP and clean energy storage projects in the UK.” Ken Epplestone, project manager at Smith Brothers added: “While COVID-19 has meant that timescales have had to be altered – as is the case the world over – the health of our team takes precedence above all else. With work now well underway at both locations, we are looking forward to energising Great Harwood and Burnley in the coming months.” Located in Elland, West Yorkshire, Smith Brothers is a high-voltage power engineering contractor and accredited ICP, specialising in delivering turnkey network connection packages across an array of sectors – including renewable energy, utilities, industrial and commercial.
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Huddersfield Architects shortlisted for major property awards

Posted: Thursday 11 March 2021

A leading architectural practice in Huddersfield has been shortlisted for the Insider North West Residential Property Awards 2021. Fibre Architects, based in Edgerton, has been shortlisted for the “Small Housing Development of the Year” category along with 6 other developments in the North West Region. The awards are due to take place on 15th July at Manchester Central. This year’s event is set to be a “celebration of the strength and resilience” of the sector despite the recent challenges of Covid-19. Fibre’s project, Williamson Gardens, is a small development of 6 high-quality affordable homes, which were designed and built on a brownfield site in Stockport. Their modern take on a former industrial site boasts communal gardens, dedicated individual cycle storage and a cantilevered canopy running at the front of each home, protecting front entrances. Design Director, Michael Owens comments: “We’re delighted to be recognised in a competitive category at these awards.” “We’re really proud of what we have achieved with Williamson Gardens, transforming a former industrial site into high-quality affordable homes which were all sold on completion.”
Posted by Hellomint Ltd
Growth for fulfilment and direct mail firm despite challenges of Covid-19

Posted: Wednesday 10 March 2021

A fulfilment and direct mail firm has seen turnover increase by more than 46% in the last 6 months compared with the same period a year ago, amidst a global pandemic and strict lockdown measures which have affected many businesses. Despite the challenges of Covid-19 over the last year, Brighouse-based The Flow Group, has seen a rapid increase in turnover. Head of Sales & Marketing at The Flow Group, Andrew Robinson said: “As everyone will agree, the last 12 months have been like no other”. “During each lockdown period, our clients have been initially cautious, but after things have settled, many firms have grasped the opportunity to reach out to their target audience. Given that most people are working from home and therefore, more responsive to their marketing campaigns, especially within the B2C sector." Since completing their merger deal in March with Mr Flyer, The Flow Group has gone from strength to strength, including seeing a significant uptake in their pick and pack fulfilment service for e-commerce businesses. Reflecting the current nationwide demand for online sales, Flow has seen enquiries for this service triple. Andrew added: “For some firms, its very much business as usual. We are really fortunate that we are able to contribute to the growth and sustainability of our clients, especially during these challenging times.”
Posted by Hellomint Ltd
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