RAF Festival of Football 2019

Last week the SecureCloud+ team participated in the RAF Festival of Football by fielding their very own 5-aside team. In the festival there were 24 teams participating comprised of various RAF sponsors and RAF station football teams. The festival was held at the Fives Soccer Centre Trafford in Manchester.

24 teams at the RAF Festival of Football

It was fantastic to see various RAF football teams participating alongside the sponsors during the day. During the later stages of the festival, SecureCloud+’s Rob Gittins completed the second draw for the RAF Challenge Cup which was widely anticipated by the attendees. Amongst the attendees were Flt Lt Phil Wilmot of the RAF FA Sponsorship team and Wg Cdr Neil Hope, the FA Council member for the RAF FA.

The festival had a great turnout with numerous members of the RAF family attending the day to support their RAF stations. RAF Marham claimed the title after a great comeback in the final against RAF Halton coming from 2-0 down and winning 3-2 with a last-minute goal. RAF Benson won the plate defeating RAF Waddington on penalties in that final.


Women in Aviation Club Dinner

SecureCloud+ are pleased to have attended the Women in Aviation Club Dinner hosted by The Royal Air Force Club. The event was held as a celebration for women in service. The Royal Air Force are delighted with the contribution of women throughout the history of the Service and held the formal dinner in their honour. The evening was one of celebration as many servicemen and women attended as well as members of the RAF Women’s Rugby Union.

In attendance of the event was Air Marshal Sue Gray who was the ambassador of Women in Aviation. She recently became the RAF’s first female 3* officer and the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces. She was joined by other trailblazing women, who have helped push the limits of possibility for women in the Royal Air Force in recent years – challenging stereotypes across the service.

SecureCloud+ were in attendance  showing our support as we have with our other outreach events such as regularly attending RAF Women’s Rugby Union matches as well as hosting the annual Women’s Rugby Festival at RAF Halton in its 3rd year running


SecureCloud+ – UKAF Rugby partner for the IDRC

people standing infront of bannerSecureCloud+ have been named an official UKAF Rugby partner for the team’s participation in the International Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC). The Company’s partnership with the UKAF Rugby team is beneficial for all involved and extends their ongoing support of the RAF Rugby, especially with the upcoming RAF Girls Festival of Rugby.

In preparation for the tournament, SecureCloud+ hosted a pre-tour dinner with members of the UKAF Rugby team and their supporters. SecureCloud+ will also be providing the team with sporting accessories in preparation for their matches in Japan. Additionally, the competition will coincide with the Rugby World Cup, which is also being held in Japan and commences shortly after. Sgt Lee, Head coach of UKAF Rugby said, “I’m excited about taking the UK Armed Forces team out to compete in the IDRC and to add that it’s being held in Japan, just before the Rugby World Cup, is a huge bonus.”

SecureCloud+ is delighted to be playing a part in the build up to this event. Particularly as the Company feels that the tournament expresses the true excitement of participating in events outside of day-to-day armed forces duties.

SecureCloud+ will have coverage on the latest scores of the teams. Follow the action on https://twitter.com/UKAFRugby


SecureCloud+ in collaboration with CodeNation

SecureCloud+ are delighted with our ongoing collaboration with CodeNation. CodeNation are a cyber security academy based in Manchester that deliver Cyber Technologist apprenticeships and courses.  Earlier last month, Bradley from our Crewe office embarked on a 12-week Cyber boot camp at their academy. This is a tremendous opportunity to enable Bradley to excel in his career in cyber security. Like SecureCloud+, CodeNation believe in the development of the next generation.

As a Company, we strongly believe in investing in our employees which is why we encourage our employees to enrol in courses and certifications to further their knowledge in their respective fields. Jack Wright from SecureCloud+ delivered a presentation as part of the CodeNation course earlier this week to showcase one of our Case Studies as part of the students’ cyber module. Chris from CodeNation said, ‘Jack specifically spoke in detail about cloud technologies. He went into great detail regarding the personal and private cloud and discussed the preference of a hybrid. Our juniors really got a lot out of the session and provided some really good feedback.’

Moving forward, SecureCloud+ will continually have an ongoing relationship with CodeNation whilst also looking to promote the recruitment of young minds that specialise in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.


Jon Egging Trust hosts showcase day

Jon Egging Trust

Earlier this week, SecureCloud+ CEO Peter Williamson had the opportunity to fly alongside Nick English from Bremont in his Broussard.  The focus of the day was our continued support to the Jon Egging Trust and the inspiring work they do developing young people’s life and work skills. Nick English, co-founder of the award-winning British luxury watch brand – Bremont, flew the 1957 Max Holste MH-1621M Broussard aircraft as part of their contribution to raising funds for the Jon Egging Trust.

Peter Williamson said “The whole event was great. Due to Bremont’s generosity in providing yesterday’s event as an auction prize, it has enabled the trust to benefit and for our  organisations, who have a similar ethos, to work together closer on community outreach projects.‘’

We look forward to working with the trust and their mission to inspire the young generation. For more information about the trust please visit https://www.joneggingtrust.org.uk/


Graduates attend Royal Marines Cricket match

On one of the hottest days recorded in the UK, SecureCloudgraduates, alongside senior members of our team were invited to support the Royal Marines Cricket Club.    

The SecureCloud+ team all agreed that it was a fantastic day for a sizzling game of cricket which captured the excitement and tradition of cricket. The result was in the Royal Marines favour as they won with only 1 wicket to spare which ensured that spirits were high during the awards ceremony, courtesy of SecureCloud+.  

We are pleased to play an active role in supporting the Royal Marines Cricket Club and would like to thank the entire team for their outstanding hospitality. 


ISO 27001 & ISO 9001 awarded to SecureCloud+

ISO 27001 & ISO 9001SecureCloud+ are delighted to announce that we have passed our ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 certification following our annual visit from the British Assessment Bureau on Monday 1st July 2019. The auditors systematically went through the clauses of both standards to verify our compliance which resulted in zero major and zero minor non-conformances.  A tremendous result.

Peter Jackson from SecureCloud+ said, ‘By achieving Certification demonstrates that SecureCloud+ has systematic processes in place which ensure we achieve quality, improve security, protect our assets, promote efficiency and above all, meet customer requirements. These certifications are in recognition of  SecureCloud Managed ICT solutions for Government, Intelligence and Public-Sector organisations.’

ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 is a system for managing the information security of a businesses. It minimises the risks of security breaches and increases client trust.


A day in the life of a Reservist : Reserves Day

infantry SecureCloud+ would like to celebrate Reserves Day and commemorate all the reservists who give up their time to serve in our country. Today, a reservist and SecureCloud employee Liam describes how he balances working for SecureCloud+ and military life.  

Liam- SecureCloud+ 

 ‘I always had the desire to be part of the Armed Forces, but as my personal circumstances changed a full-time role in the military was no longer an option. Joining the British Army, as a reservist, has allowed me to fulfil my career aspirations inside and outside of the military. 

 Being a reservist has taught me many skills which I use in my current role as Sales Support for SecureCloud+ such as the ability to liaise with all ranks of the military and an understanding of their vision.  I was originally attracted o SecureCloud+ because they were Silver Award Winners of the Armed Forces Covenant and actively employed Veterans and Reservists. Serving reservists like myself, receive 2 weeks extra leave in order to fulfil our annual training campThe Company also supports several military focused charities like Combat Stress, RAF Benevolent Fund and actively support the military in various outreach projects. The Company is supportive in many ways and with its mix of diverse personnelhas created a refreshing workplace which I enjoy working in. ‘’ 

SecureCloud+ would like to thank Liam and Reservists across the UK for their dedication. 


SecureCloud+ at The AOC RAF No 22 Group Conference

SecureCloud+ is proud to have attended the AOC  RAF 22 Group Conference  at MOD Lyneham on 19th & 20th June. More than 180 senior personnel, including a part of 22 Group Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering (DSEME) attended the conference. The conference theme was Growing the Next Generation which focused on looking at innovation in training, education and modernisation.

The conference was a great platform for us to demonstrate our Networked Collaboration Service (NCS) which is currently in service throughout the MOD but also at RAF Cosford, No 1 Training School which is part of the 22 Group. We were able to share with the wider audience how we are transforming Defence training to deliver better training to more people, in Realtime and over geographically dispersed locations at a reduced cost.

During the conference we were able to connect to one of the MOD’s live virtual learning environments (VLE) LEARN and ingest other training material and live feeds from various sources.

We would like to extend our thanks to the RAF No 22 Group RAF and Air Vice Marshal Warren James and his team for inviting us to contribute.


SecureCloud+ attends the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Golf Competition

Royal Aeronautical Society Golf Competition

SecureCloud+ are proud to have participated in the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Golf Competition at the Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire. The SecureCloud+ team comprised of Rob Gittins and Ewen Litster alongside guests, Stu Butler of BAE Systems and Vince Kerr of L3 ASA.

The cobwebs were blown off the clubs early with four birdies in the first seven holes of the Texas Scramble. The scores were taken and adjudicated with the Team finishing third in the Texas Scramble with a score of 58.7. Stu Butler, also did the team proud by finishing second in the Stableford with 19 points.

Rob Gittins from SecureCloud+ said,

‘It was a pleasure to have attended this event alongside Vince Kerr and Stu Butler. SecureCloud+ are very keen on strengthening the relationships with our partners with the added bonus of enjoying a great day of golf.’’

The day finished in the nineteenth hole with the team enjoying the hospitality of the Club alongside many other attendees . SecureCloud+ would like to extend our thanks and appreciations to the Royal Aeronautical Society and Frilford Heath Golf Club for hosting this event.

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