Christmas Fun for BTC Tenants

BTC tenants were treated to the annual Christmas party on Thursday 6th December.

It was a record breaking year for attendees, with over two hundred guests enjoying a buffet and range of games with prizes for the winners.

There was a ‘Pin the Nose on Rudolf’ competition, a Christmas jumper competition and also a virtual reality game kindly provided by VR Simulation.

There was also the raffle, which this year raised an incredible £304 which will be donated to local charities Stay, Newlife Telford and Age UK Telford.

A big thank you to all those that attended and to the catering team who provided an excellent buffet. Merry Christmas!

Solisco Wins OLEV & Innovate UK Competition

BTC tenants Solisco have announced success in a competition that will secure funding for an exciting new project.

Solisco are a start-up company founded in 2016, with a mission to inspire and support the emerging Clean Energy and Electric Vehicle market with innovative solutions that harness the power of the sun.

Being early adopters of both Solar Photovoltaics (PV) and Electric Vehicles (EV), the Founders of Solisco are incredibly passionate about making a difference so that everyone can enjoy the true freedom that comes with renewable energy and zero emission vehicles.

They plan to use this opportunity to explore feasibility for EV charging infrastructure in an innovative and holistic way; incorporating clean technology with smart systems. Solisco’s projects create a fantastic collaboration between consortium partners – West Midlands Combined Authority, Keele University, Ecuity LLP, Mennekes/Driveenergy Ltd, EVBox and EnergiMine.

CEO of Solisco, Parveen Begum said: “We are very excited to get our project off the ground and confident, along with our consortium partners, that we will achieve some great results and insights to share with you early next year!”

Scanning Pens Receive Visit from MP

Lucy Allan, the Member of Parliament for Telford, recently paid a visit to Business and Technology Centre tenant Scanning Pens Ltd to meet staff and discover more about their range of assistive technology devices.

Scanning Pens is the global distributor for the C-Pen. The C-Pen ReaderPen, ExamReader and DictionaryPen’s are pocket-sized devices that read text out loud aiming to promote independent reading and learning.

As a leading Assistive Technology supplier, they combine their expert knowledge with years of experience in the dyslexia field to develop solutions for many educational institutions helping students with reading difficulties such as dyslexia, visual impairment, physical disabilities and much more.

Lucy Allan, a member of the Education Select Committee said: “I was so pleased to visit Scanning Pens and listen to how the pens have supported and transformed many young people who face daily reading challenges. Too many people struggle with literacy problems throughout their lives and this is a fantastic tool to enable them to overcome these difficulties.”

CEO and Co-Founder of Scanning Pens Jack Churchill commented: “We were thrilled to welcome Lucy to Scanning Pens. Since we opened our Telford office nearly two years ago, we have recruited many local people and provided educational support to hundreds of reluctant readers, some with complex learning needs, many of whom live in Telford and surrounding areas. Scanning Pens have always been committed to being an active part of the local community so welcoming Lucy as the local MP was a great honour for us”.

HowToMoodle Awarded Cyber Security Accolade

HowToMoodle have announced that they have achieved a ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’ certification.

The eIC company are UK Moodle and Totara Learn learning management system experts, providing specialist services to help organisations of all sizes and across a variety of sectors.The Cyber Essentials scheme, backed by the National Cyber Security Centre, addresses the most common Internet-based threats to cyber security, which include hacking, phishing and password guessing.

The certification is awarded to companies who meet their strict security standards, which include use of firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection and patch management.

While the Cyber Essentials tier 1 certification can be achieved via a self-certification, at HowToMoodle they have gone further in acquiring the Cyber Essentials Plus tier 2 certification; an impressive accolade that required the HowToMoodle team to participate in a rigorous procedure to demonstrate security processes for both their internal infrastructure and wide area networks.

The team prepared for an external audit by an independent accreditation body. This included internal desktop and server security testing with externally facing vulnerability testing. HowToMoodle also have an ongoing commitment to ensuring the best possible security processes are in place, including regular security testing of all services.

This Cyber Essentials Plus certification has ensured that HowToMoodle protects the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data stored on any devices that connect to the Internet.

HowToMoodle’s Infrastructure Manager, Paul Flanders commented on what this will do for their clients: “This is great news for us and our clients. In addition to the ISO 27001 data centres we use for client hosting, Cyber Essentials Plus certification of our operations network demonstrates that we’re serious about information security across all aspects of our business. We’re delighted that our strict security procedures have been acknowledged with the Cyber Essentials Plus certification.”