We were delighted to welcome AM Osborn to our new offices in Reading. Amongst other things we discussed the up and coming RAF rugby season and plans for the next RAF Girls Festival of Rugby which is supported by SecureCloud+ and is to be held once again at RAF Halton. This year the event welcomed over 400 girls from U13s, U15s and U18s age groups – with the buzz around this year’s event already building we anticipate it will double in size!
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a key deliverable of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme and we are proud to announce we have once again achieved certification. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed cyber security certification scheme that provides a clear statement of the basic controls which should be implemented to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats and provides a baseline to build upon. The scheme addresses five key controls that, when implemented correctly, can prevent around 80% of cyber-attacks.
We were delighted to once again join the amazing athletes from the AFPST at their annual charity dinner. The Service charity exists to accelerate the recovery of wounded, injured or sick military personnel and veterans. This is achieved by the medium of performance alpine skiing, snowboarding and Nordic/biathlon, providing a winter sports focus for disabled athletes to regain their spirit of challenge and competition. We urge you to visit their Facebook page to see all these outstanding athletes in action.
We felt privileged to receive an invitation to this year’s Founder’s Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea where Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex reviewed the Chelsea Pensioners at the annual Founder’s Day parade. This event is the highlight of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s calender and commemorates the founding of the home of the Chelsea Pensioners in 1682 by King Charles II. Gary Lashko CEO and the in-pensioners made us feel extremely welcome and we thank them for sharing their 325th anniversary with us.
Due to our continued success, we are delighted to announce we have moved to larger premises in Reading. The larger offices allow us to showcase our expertise in developing technological solutions, managing complex projects and protecting secure networks within our innovations suite.
Situated a mere 300m from Reading Train Station, means that our customers, suppliers and business partners can now visit us without the hassle of being stuck in traffic and we can all do our bit for the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.
The rain did not discourage over 300 rugby-mad girls converging at RAF Halton on Sunday for the 1st RAF Girls Festival of Rugby community outreach project supported by SecureCloud+. Local U13s, U15s and U18s teams from Reading & Newbury, Old Northamptonians, Old Albanians, Grove, Peterborough and Basingstoke arrived, mid-downpour, at RAF Halton to mark the start of what would be a unique day of rugby.
Midway through the pool matches, and to the girl’s amazement, the roar of a helicopter overhead alerted the girls that something special was about to happen. A Puma II helicopter from RAF Benson with two England Internationals, Claire Allan (36 caps) and Meg Jones (2 caps) landed pitch side to much excitement and rapturous applause. The crowd, which included Air Marshal Phil Osborn the RAFRU President, Air Vice Marshal Andy Turner, Air Vice Marshal Christina Elliot, Group Captain James Brayshaw (RAF Halton Station Commander) and Group Captain Al Lewis the RAFRU Honorary Secretary, spent time chatting and posing for photographs with the players and the two England Internationals before the matches concluded.
The smile on the faces of all the girls, coaches and helpers was testament to the unbridled success of the event, proving that a career in the RAF is “No Ordinary Job”. This included the amazing Air Cadets who helped in the organisation of the day and were rewarded with a trip in the Puma II helicopter. Plans are already underway for the RAF Girls Festival of Rugby in April 2018 to coincide with the RAF 100 Centenary.
Although we have supported the majority of the key pledges of the Armed Forces Covenant since we were established in 2014, we are proud to announce that we are now officially part of the Armed Forces Covenant Community.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community. The pledge is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is our commitment to you.
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The Quarter Final draw for the 2016-17 RAF Cup and Plate took place at our Innovations offices in Crewe. The draw was carried out by Peter Williamson and Rob Gittins and was overseen by Flt Lt Nicola McNamee. We are thrilled to once again be supporting this event and look forward to cheering on the side-lines at the first match on Wednesday 1st February.
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Winners of the event will receive the Keith Christie Trophy. A trophy named in honour and memory of the former RAF Senior Representative Team Head Coach who passed away in 2015.
Supporting the Armed Forces Para-Snow Team (AFPST) is extremely rewarding and as we specialise in end-to-end managed services at all tiers of the Government Classification System we were delighted to help the team out by supplying them with our Enterprise Mobility Management Service.
This service was adapted with a new collaboration area that allowed them to share and manage information more effectively across the teams. It also allowed them to securely access trusted applications, data, email and external gateway intranet services which meant an improved work and charitable commitments balance.
The AFPST did themselves proud – click the link below to view their timeline.
On Remembrance Day, SecureCloud+ teamed up with the Art Café in Whitchurch-on-Thames to host an art show in aid of Combat Stress. Combat Stress is unique in integrating the use of Art Therapy and Occupational Therapy in treating ex-servicemen and women suffering with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Both treatments combine creative expression with reflective discussion to encourage positive change.
Several pieces created by veterans were on display ranging from mixed media to sculptures – the common theme throughout was how emotive and moving each piece was. The turnout for the event was impressive with people from the local community, the military and industry attending and raising over £1,000 for a truly worthy cause.
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive at Combat Stress said;
“We are so grateful to SecureCloud+ for holding their Art22 show in aid of Combat Stress.
“For many veterans, Art Therapy and Occupational Therapy are a key part of their recovery and it’s great that some of the work produced in their sessions was on display at this art show on Remembrance Day.
“Over the last five years we have seen a 71% increase in referrals, so fundraising by companies like SecureCloud+ is vital to ensure we are able to continue to support every veteran that comes to us for help.”
Thanks again to all of you who contributed to these events.