2017 was an amazing 12 months for Keysource.
In our first full year since we joined property services group Styles&Wood, we’ve seen growth across all parts of our business as we continue to position ourselves at the forefront of critical environment consultancy. We’ve won a number of new contracts as well as continuing to build on our existing relationships in the education, technology and utilities sectors which has seen us being recognised across the industry and beyond with a top accolades.
2017 also saw the launch of our new seminar series ‘The Future of the Data Centre’ with teams also contributing to industry discussions, featuring in the likes of Data Centre News, Data Center Dynamics and Data Centre Solutions.
We couldn’t have managed all of this without the dedication and support of our excellent in-house teams, and to kick off the New Year we recognised some of the people that had made a special impact on the company, our colleagues or our clients throughout 2017.
The winners were:
Andy Szec – Excellence in Organisation – A colleague who knows where everything is and keeps it where you can find it, saving you time and money.
Chloe Foster – Rookie of the Year – An outstanding new addition to the team.
Luis Soto – Making the Difference Champion – An individual who has embraced behavioural change and is setting the standards for Health & Safety.
Luke Brimelow – Marvellous Multitasker – A colleague that is able to keep the plates spinning.
Phil Clift – The Asker of Good Questions – A colleague who seeks clarity to help us all become more effective.
Tom Blundy – Calm in the Eye of the Storm – A colleague who stays calm even when things are hectic.
We are delighted to announce Keysource has been shortlisted for Building Performance Consultancy of the Year at this year’s CIBSE Awards.
Now in their eleventh year, the CIBSE Building Performance Awards showcase the teams, products, initiatives and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment.
The prestigious Building Performance Consultancy Award recognises consultancies that have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the design or refurbishment of buildings to meet client expectations of performance, throughout its operational life.
Chosen by a panel of judges, this shortlisting acknowledges our drive for continuous improvement, innovation and knowledge sharing within the industry as well as the businesses commitment to employee development.
Jon Healy, Associate Director, Keysource commented:
“As the global requirement for critical environments increases, particularly within the data centre sector, the sustainability and environmental efficiency of both new and legacy facilities is becoming increasingly crucial.
“To be shortlisted for this prestigious award is a testament to our contribution to the building community. We have an excellent track record in designing and delivering world class critical environments and it’s fantastic to be recognised as a leader in our industry.”
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 6th February 2018.
Following on from our blog last month on how we are trying to bridge the growing skills gap in the technical and engineering industry, we are proud to announce that we have successfully retained our Investors in People certification.
Valid for three years, this certification recognises our continuing commitment to staff development, training and wellbeing. As part of the process the company received special praise for the motivation of its people, its strong communication across all levels and its support for staff development.
The Investors in People Standard provides a practical framework for improving business performance and competitiveness through good practice in people management. We were first awarded the accreditation in 2009, joining 22,000 like-minded companies in the UK.
Stephen Whatling, Managing Director at Keysource, said:
“Our people are our most important asset and are key to our objective to be the ‘Critical Services Provider of Choice’. Over the last 12 months there have been some major changes at Keysource, the most significant of which was our acquisition by Styles&Wood Group Plc. It was really important for us to be able to continue communicating and developing our teams throughout this period, which has been reflected by the great feedback we received during this assessment. As part of the Styles&Wood Group we have even greater access to initiatives to support our people, including training programmes and flexible benefits packages.”
Robin Simpson of Investors in People South of England said:
“Maintaining accreditation against the Investors in People Standard is challenging for any organisation and is testimony to the continuing commitment of Keysource to its employees. This is especially noteworthy following a period of transition. The Company’s support for staff development and the open communication with its workforce are particular highlights, and bode well for continuing success in the future.”
We are proud to announce Keysource has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories at this year’s Data Centre Solutions (DCS) Awards.
Our data centre managed services project with the Metropolitan Police Service, which picked up a top award at last year’s DatacentreDynamics Awards, has been shortlisted for Data Centre Management Project of the Year. This project sees Keysource working as a key pillar in the MPS SIAM framework, helping the MPS deliver technology transformation against their 20:20 objectives.
Keysource is also really proud to have been shortlisted for the new Excellence in Service award. This award recognises companies that have gone above and beyond, not only for their customers but also in shaping the industry. Launched last year Keysource’s consultancy and professional services offering has challenged traditional approaches to IT asset strategy and through engaging much earlier with our customers we’ve delivered highly diverse and innovative strategies that meet long term customer requirements.
The awards assessment panel thoroughly reviewed all entries for the awards before selecting the finalists, who now face a public vote. Voting opened on 27th March and will close on 27th April and votes can be cast at www.dcsawards.com/voting.php.
The awards are backed by Datacentre Solutions magazine, the official journal of the Data Centre Alliance. The DCS Awards will be announced at an evening event at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on the 18th May.
Jon Healy, Associate Director, Keysource commented:
It’s great to have been chosen as finalist for our project with the Metropolitan Police Service, and that the company has been recognised for its customer approach through our new consultancy offering. We hope to succeed in May following a success in previous DCS Awards. We hope lots of people will visit the website and vote!
2016 has been a very big year for Keysource. We have started working with some amazing new clients, won some top awards and become part of Styles&Wood Group Plc!
We kicked off the year by extending our higher education portfolio, once again proving that our knowledge of the University sector can deliver real benefits. March was a bumper month for us as we secured contracts with the Metropolitan Police and Southport & Ormskirk Hospital. We were also accepted as a member of the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service, which enabled us to provide more opportunities and qualifications for our staff.
In April, we were extremely pleased to have been chosen by Chayora to design nearly 1.8million sq ft of white space for a nationwide network of data centres throughout China. We also won a RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award for a third year in a row, this time receiving a Gold award.
Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Awards and Events, said: “To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for Keysource. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to.”
To support our continuing growth, we opened new offices in the centre of London in May. We were also chosen by a leading pharmaceutical company to design and build a new critical data centre in the midlands, as well as securing the Data Centre Solutions New Design/Build Data Centre Project of the Year for our work with Jaguar Land Rover. Meanwhile, we won a key contract providing facilities management for Leeds City Council in July.
As we moved into Autumn we entered our Fundraising Month. Over the course of September, the Keysource team took part in the formidable Nuts Challenge, the Dragon Boat Race, the London to Brighton Bike Ride and hosted a Macmillan coffee morning. As a result, we raised an incredible £4000 for a variety of charities. Autumn also saw the start of a new chapter for Keysource after the Limited company was acquired by Styles&Wood Group Plc as part of their diversification strategy.
The year has ended as it began, with an exciting mix of contract and award wins. We added Staffordshire University, the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter to our growing University portfolio.
Howard Whiteley, Interim Director of Digital Transformation at the Staffordshire University said: “Keysource has provided us with excellent advice throughout the past six years, as we update our IT strategy we are confident that Keysource will continue this, supporting us to implement a best-in-class solution for the University.”
We also won our third award of the year, picking up the award for Public Services Digital Delivery at the Datacentre Dynamics EMEA Awards 2016 for our work on the Metropolitan Police’s data centre estate. One of our engineers; Tom Blundy, was also a finalist in the Young Mission Critical Engineer of the Year category.
Mark McLeod, Director of Service Delivery for the Metropolitan Police said: “This award recognises Keysource’s effectiveness and skills in supporting the Metropolitan Police Service’s IT transformation.”
As we draw towards the end of 2016 we would like to thank all our staff for their hard work, and to our clients and suppliers for helping us to make this a brilliant year. We look forward to a prosperous 2017!