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Crisis at Christmas -Thank You

Crisis at Christmas -Thank You 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

For the second year running, Quadratek was proud to support Crisis to ensure homeless people enjoyed a hot Christmas dinner in a warm, safe, and welcoming environment, received physical and mental health checks, new clothes, advice to find safe affordable housing and had a caring ear to listen to them.

 

Crisis, this week, has advised that our donation contributed towards them welcoming over 5,000 homeless people into their centres across the country, ensuring their busiest year to date was a success.  They were able to ensure the festive season was full or warmth, sing-a-longs around the piano, dance competitions, bingo, and much laughter for all.

 

To see more about the great work crisis achieved over the Christmas period, please follow this link: Thank you for supporting Crisis at Christmas

Welcome Mark

Welcome Mark 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

We are pleased to welcome Mark Blissett to the Quadratek family as our Relationship Manager.

Mark joins Quadratek this month having started his IT career many years ago working for British Airways in their computer operations department, before moving to an expert team assembled to plan, install and set up a mainframe computer centre in Wokingham for the Sainsbury’s SavaCentre stores including installing the computer and networking systems on-site.

Having gained experience, Mark joined Safeway stores (formally Argyll Group) as their network manager, responsible for all local systems in their head office in Hayes and headed up a team to establish voice and data links to their regional distribution centres.  Mark went on to work for a large leasing firm (Econocom) as their mid-range systems broker and helped set up a UK based association to ensure standards and ethics throughout the industry were consistent and agreed by all association members.

Mark’s wealth of industry experience made him a founding director of a firm providing second-user hardware to firms not wanting to replace old existing systems with new manufacturers’ offerings. This led to expansion into the maintenance field and offered engineering and tech’ support to customers, as well as 24hr remote support where required.  After successfully exiting this venture Mark joins Quadratek bringing with him in-depth industry knowledge which will be invaluable working with new client project delivery.

Christmas Shoebox Gifts

Christmas Shoebox Gifts 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

With Christmas fast approaching one of our team members and her daughters have been out shopping to fill a couple of shoeboxes for this year’s Rotary Shoebox appeal.

Their local Rotary district, District 1110, supports vulnerable families in Albania, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and The Philippines ensuring children aged 1-15, many living in orphanages, receive a gift at this time of year.

Last year, contributors to  District 1110’s appeal donated 26,437 shoeboxes, split across the 5 countries as follows:

  • Albania                6,123 shoeboxes plus 1 carton of Teddy Bears.
  • Romania              6,189 Shoeboxes plus  3 cartons of woollens for children
  • Moldova               6,079 shoeboxes  plus 5 cartons of knitted clothing items for children
  • Montenegro         6,359 shoeboxes  plus 2 cartons of woollens
  • The Philippines   1,687 shoeboxes

Gifts can include:

  • Entertainment – Plastic or wooden toy, jigsaw puzzle, colouring book, colouring and drawing pencils, pens, writing book, Lego, yo-yo, skipping rope, building blocks, doll, dominoes, modelling clay/plasticine, cuddly toy, stickers, playing cards, sports memorabilia, musical instrument
  • Clothing – Hat, scarf, gloves, and warm fluffy socks
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush and toothpaste, flannel, bar of soap, roll-on deodorant, comb/brush, hair bobbles/bands, mirror, costume jewellery, make-up, razors (age-appropriate), face/body cream
  • Household – T light candles, kitchen cloths/scouring pads, soap flakes, first-aid kit

Gifts NOT to include;

Food (including sweets and chocolate), conflict-related toys e.g. toy gun/knife, battery-operated toy, matches, flammable liquids/aerosols, seeds, washing powder for automatic washing machines

Whilst you can’t wrap up the gift items individually, you can line the inner of the box with tissue paper & cover the gifts as well as decorating your shoebox.

If you don’t have a shoebox to hand you could ask a local shoe shop or pay £2 for a Rotary box

If you would like to send  a gift to a vulnerable child this year please follow this link http://www.rotary-ribi.org/districts/page.php?PgID=570353&DistrictNo=1110

 

Alternatively, why not contact your local hospital & enquire if they are doing shoebox gifts; many do.

Goodwood 2020 is Booked!

Goodwood 2020 is Booked! 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

Goodwood 2020 here we come.

 

The tickets are booked, outfit discussions are in full flow and the countdown has begun…..

….only 301 Days & 18 Hours to go, whoop whoop!!

Book your tickets here https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/goodwood-revival/

 

HPE Partnership Retained

HPE Partnership Retained 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

With our partnership spanning many years, Quadratek is delighted to announce we have retained our status for another year.

Why you should partner with HPE, direct from the HPE horse’s mouth

  1. We’re #1 in server sales worldwide, and #1 in cloud infrastructure
  2. We’re a leader in most of the other market segments we serve: #2 in networking, #2 in total storage, and #2 in IT services
  3. Partners generate 70% of HPE hardware revenue.
  4. HPE invests $1.1 billion in partner business annually
  5. Over $6B in IT investment funding is available to partners and customers via HPE Financial Services in FY17
  6. HPE Partner Ready sets the industry standard, earning recognition from CRN
  7. The HPE Partner Ready Programme is the most profitable partner programme in the industry, with higher pay-outs than key competitors
  8. The HPE Partner Ready Portal gives partners direct access to all the critical business tools and information they need to do business with HPE
  9. Our innovative Social Media Centre gives partners ready-to-post social media content.
  10. HPE is a highly respected industry leader with over $20 billion in revenue, more than 400 locations in 120 countries worldwide, and a $1 trillion addressable market in the next 3 years.

If you would like to become an HPE partner, why not take a look at the Partner Ready programme https://www.hpe.com/uk/en/solutions/partners.html

Welcome Shaun

Welcome Shaun 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

We are pleased to welcome Shaun Hockaday to the Quadratek family as our Business Development Manager.

Shaun has vast experience in business development and account management roles within the telecoms and information technology sectors.  Shaun’s work life started as an RF telecoms engineer in the Royal Airforce carrying out his various roles in RF communications, satellite and special communication solutions. After leaving the Airforce Shaun joined a major telecoms company developing and rolling out mobile telecoms infrastructure that was, at that time, in its infancy. Working alongside the tier-1 mobile telecoms operators Shaun developed and introduced 2G/3G/4G radio and wireless solutions into their networks. During this time, he moved from a mainly engineering role, where he headed an engineering team, into a major commercial management role, being responsible for the relationship with the customer, sales and business development.

Shaun’s subsequent roles have gained him experience in IT, software, managed services and solutions with industry-leading Telecom, IT and Wireless companies specialising in end-to-end Wireless, RF, Structured Cabling and Data solutions.

Shaun brings a wealth of experience and will be able to help you with your business requirements and challenges.

Crisis at Christmas

Crisis at Christmas 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

For the second year running, Quadratek will be supporting Crisis to ensure homeless people can enjoy not only a hot Christmas dinner in a warm, safe, and welcoming environment but making sure they receive:

  • An initial assessment and companionship
  • Medical and optician checks
  • New clothes
  • Someone to talk to and help with mental health
  • Courses, training, and CV writing
  • Help finding safe, affordable housing, and support with paying rent and bills
  • Support to leave homelessness behind through Crisis’ year-round services

Facts

Crisis at Christmas 2018:

  • 4,676 guests were served hot meals and received the necessary checks and advice
  • 35,957 meals were served
  • 778 health checks took were carried out
  • 1,547 beds were provided
  • 787 advice session took place
  • None of this would have been possible without the 12,300 volunteers who helped out over the festive period

We would encourage as many people to support Crisis and the fantastic work they do by selecting one, or more, of these links:

 

To learn more about the great work Crisis does and how it all started, take a look here https://www.crisis.org.uk/about-us/history/#welcome

 

Our Karla is Never One to Turn Down a Challenge!

Our Karla is Never One to Turn Down a Challenge! 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

So, 12 months ago I signed up for the Beachy Head Marathon (one of the UK’s biggest off-road marathons) as a friend talked me into it and I felt I needed a challenge.

The last full marathon I competed in was the 2013 London marathon running for the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity where I raised over £1,500.

Training started in June where I would often get up early so I could get the runs out the way before the sun came out and it didn’t impact too much on work and play!  By mid-August I was on target for the distance but then came the hills!  If I’d known then what I know now, I’m not so sure I would have signed up for this but I don’t give up easily!

Saturday 26th October arrived, and after a good hearty breakfast, my Berocca and my running gear fit for all eventualities, we set off for the start line in Eastbourne and there came my first hill! 2,200 participants crossed the start line and as I waved back at my family, I thought to myself WHAT HAVE I LET MYSELF IN FOR?!

The views were spectacular and the weather conditions were perfect so every step made for picturesque views of the magnificent South Downs National Park countryside and the East Sussex coastline. However, the countless hills with an elevation of 1,318 metres, 300 steps and 14 gates were another battle of mental and physical determination. The wind picked up on Seven Sisters and as I could see the lighthouse in the very far distance, I wondered how I was going to make it to the end that was still 6 miles away.  After 5 hours 57 minutes of running and climbing, I crossed the finish line in place 1,201.

Would I do it again, well I never say never!

Karla

 

If you fancy setting yourself the challenge of an off-road marathon. Here’s the link to next year’s Beachy Head Marathon (of course, other marathons are available!) https://www.active.com/eastbourne-eastsussex/running/distance-running/beachy-head-marathon-half-and-10k-2020.

For all you marathon (and aspiring marathon) runners, here is this year’s recommended pre-marathon meal http://mediafiles.thedms.co.uk/Publication/ES-MarW/cms/pdf/Angelo%20Pasta.pdf – enjoy!

 

RoSPA Awards 2020 – The journey begins

RoSPA Awards 2020 – The journey begins 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

And so, the process begins.  We will be spending a lot of time over the next 8 months logging in and out, building, updating, adding to, and finally submitting our entry to next year’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Achievement Awards.

With 4 awards under our belt; 1 bronze and 3 silver, our aim for this submission is to achieve Gold. Our Compliance Co-Ordinator, Jan O’Mahoney, attended the RoSPA Awards Excellence forum earlier this month and came away with a wealth of knowledge and tips so fingers crossed.

Why should you join the RoSPA team??

Well, in the words of RoSPA:

“Accidents at work and work related ill health not only cause major disruptions to business processes but the effect on quality of life to the individual cannot be understated. That’s why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

Established in 1956, The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards offer organisations a prime opportunity to benchmark safety performance year on year and ensure consistent performance between sites. They also provide an effective route to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.

It is one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world, with almost 2000 entries every year and a reach of over 7 million employees.

When organisations enter our awards scheme, they access a valuable and influential network by becoming part of our vibrant awards community.

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards:

  • Benchmark performance
  • Enhance team morale
  • Access to Mentoring Scheme
  • Access to Awards Excellence Forum
  • Win tenders and new clients
  • Contribute to CPD
  • Get inspired to drive change”

 

If you would like to submit an entry to next year’s RoSPA awards to show your company’s commitment towards excellent standards in Health and Safety, take a look here https://www.rospa.com/Awards, drop them an email at enquiries@rospa.com or give them a call on +44 (0)1212 482 040

Good luck

RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum

RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

‘We’d like you to attend the forum’ they said.

‘Urrgh’ I replied.

After 3 years of receiving a RoSPA Silver award, we needed to aim for Gold. But I must admit, the thought of sitting in a large conference suite with 100s of other people listening to corporate bodies discussing health and safety in the hope I ‘may’ come away slightly wiser wasn’t something that appealed to me, but after discovering HMS Belfast was the host, I changed my mind!

I set off, albeit rather sleepily, on the 0627 train to London Waterloo under the night sky.  A short stroll, on what turned out to be a chilly but bright morning, to HMS Belfast certainly woke me up and I was feeling optimistic about the day.

I wasn’t disappointed.  Not only did we start the day with a fantastic breakfast that would give any top London hotel a run for its money, but it was also a thoroughly interesting, informative, and helpful day.

We listened to talks by several members of RoSPA; Awards Ambassador, Awards Standards Manager, OSH Policy Adviser as well as leaders in their field; Arco (Experts in Safety and the UK’s leading supplier of safety equipment), HSE Recruitment (The UK’s leading Health, Safety, Environmental and Risk Management recruitment specialists) and Vector Equilibrium (a leader in helping business and individuals transform stress and become more resilient to life’s challenges).

Not only did I come away with numerous photos of HMS Belfast following a free tour, but I also came away with a multitude of notes, ideas and thoughts – now to put them into a logical report to take advantage of for our 2020 submission.

 

Why not visit HMS Belfast https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

 






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