Remembrance Day

What is it?

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day marks the end of World War 1 at 11am on the 11th of November 1918. This day was created in memory of the many who have lost their lives in war – not just during WW1 but WW2, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On this day since 1919, a two minute silence is held across the nation so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead” – King George V.

Inspired by the fields of poppies that grew where many of the battles were fought, poppies are worn by millions as a symbol to remember all of the people who have given their lives for their country in war.

Red: The red poppy is the most famous symbol, used to commemorate those who made the sacrifice

Purple: Worn by those that feel the services of animals like horses, dogs and pigeons etc drafted into the war should be seen as equal to that of human service.

Black: Commonly associated with the commemoration of black, African and Caribbean communities’ contribution to the war effort as servicemen, servicewomen, and as civilians.

White: The white poppy is handed out by a charity called Peace Pledge Union, which promotes peace; they say that the white poppy commemorates people who died in conflict, but focuses on achieving peace and challenging the way we look at war.

Poppies are available for purchase at the reception throughout the week, be sure to purchase one on your way in, and don’t forget to hold your two minute silence in remembrance of our soldiers. A two minute silence will also be held in the hospitality area for those who would like to join.

Wild West Cookout for BTC Tenants!

There was a fine ol’ time had by all as the EIC & BTC Wild West cookout moseyed in to town on Thursday afternoon.

A regular treat for our tenants, the annual summer event is always one to look forward to, but this year we added a taste of the Frontier with themed food as well as a rodeo bull.

Despite a hesitant start with the bull, the tenants soon got into the swing of things, but with wildly varying results! Some were also decked in fancy dress, looking like they had just stepped off a plane from Texas, with rodeo skills to match, although it’s fair to say others are best off sticking to an office…

Well done to the prize winners for the day. They were:

Best time on Rodeo Bull – Jamie from The HSS (38.2 secs)

Best fancy dress – Eishpal from Round Software

Thanks to everyone that attended. See you next year!

Graduate Employment and Training Provided by LRS

Land Referencing Services, one of the Business & Technology Centre’s longest serving tenants, are taking on university graduates and training them via their own in-house training programme, LRS Academy®.

In 2015 it was recognised that there were no qualifications in land referencing, so in order to fill the skills gap within the sector, LRS set up LRS Academy® as a sister firm to address this problem. It was designed, not only to train and develop new members of staff, but also to polish the skillset of their highly-respected existing team.

Through the academy, they have taken on a host of graduates including individuals from the University of Wolverhampton via the graduate scheme. These graduates have acquired valuable new skills at LRS with some also working their way up through the company to become team leaders.

One of the graduates to get to that position is Aidan Wilkes, who said: “The graduate scheme, provided by LRS in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton, has been extremely beneficial. As a Geography Graduate of 2015, it was hard to find relevant jobs close to home. The scheme offered me a chance to get my foot in the door and gain some valuable experience. The scheme also gave me the platform to become a permanent member of staff at LRS.”

Land Referencing Services are the perfect example of how companies within the Business & Technology Centre can use collaboration opportunities with the University to access talent. Director of LRS, Martin Glover, said:  “The graduate scheme is a perfect way for us to be introduced to a pool of skilled individuals, sometimes at very short notice. We would recommend the programme to any organisation looking to gain access to professional and qualified graduates.”

To find about more about Land Referencing Services, visit www.land-referencing.co.uk

Get Digital – Survive or Thrive

Representatives from EIC and BTC were in attendance at Get Digital – Survive or Thrive – an event held at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale by the Marches Growth Hub.

The event was all about enabling local businesses to find out all they need to know about how new technologies are changing the way we work.

The day began with a keynote speech by Bruce Daisley, the head of the European arm of Twitter. In an interesting and informative talk he detailed how he arrived at his current position, and also his opinions on what a productive and healthy workplace should be like.

Bruce was then joined on stage by local business leaders and academics, including Tim Luft, head of former BTC tenants VR Simulation, for a Q&A session.

Later in the day, there was an expo and also workshops for people to benefit from the knowledge of tech-savvy industry professionals. These included Web Development by Nick Carr of Focus Digital and also Smartphone Videos for Business by Stone’s Throw Media.

All in all, it was an extremely informative day and an important way of keeping the region’s businesses informed and engaged with current and future digital technologies.