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.”
Furthering our commercial success in the education, technology and utilities sectors, we have secured new contracts to support three customers’ changing data centre needs.
The new contracts will see us deploy our expertise of working in live environments to deliver projects and services for the University of Leicester, cloud hosting provider brightsolid, and a major utilities company
For the University of Leicester, we will deliver a significant upgrade to the critical cooling infrastructure across its data centres, to support an increase in capacity and maintain high efficiency. The works will keep the institution at the forefront of best practice and discovery-led research. It is our latest contract in a partnership with the university, which has seen us operate the institution’s data centre estate since 2008.
Leading Scottish cloud hosting and colocation provider brightsolid, has appointed us to continue to deliver industry leading critical environment facilities management services for its Tier III Design Certified data centre in Aberdeen. The extended contract follows the first phase of the project, which we delivered in 2015, and has seen strong demand for the facility’s high specification.
We will also continue to deliver on a relationship dating back to 2010 with a major utilities company to carry out the design & build of a data centre at a critical site. The project will see our team work under strict site constraints due to high security and business critical nature of the facility.
Stephen Whatling, MD at Keysource, said:
“As the market for the expansion and improvement of existing facilities remains strong, we’re enjoying growing demand for our expertise in working in challenging, live environments. These contracts demonstrate that our strategy of forming long term partnerships with customers, continues to produce repeat business opportunities, while helping them to remain at the forefront of efficient data centre design and operation.”
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!
We are proud to announce we have been appointed by a leading cruise ship operator to design and install a new data centre at its new headquarters in Uxbridge.
The contract will see Keysource deliver a turnkey data centre system to support the client’s business critical IT services associated with the operation of 14 cruise ships – including performance monitoring and proactive identification of potential issues.
The project follows a decision by the client to relocate its staff from Italy and central London to consolidate its operations and support future growth. In addition, the system will also house data for the recordings generated by the client’s UK contact centre which receives calls from new and existing customers around the world.
Keysource’s appointment will see it lead on key design objectives including the support of flexible IT requirements and the ability for the data centre to work efficiently at low loads in line with business requirements.
Jon Healy, Associate Director at Keysource, said:
This new solution will be developed in line with the latest regulations and industry standards. It will guarantee long term reliability and availability of critical services to the business but ensure they are delivered in a sustainable and efficient way, maximising the return on investment
Critical environment specialist Keysource – part of the Styles&Wood Group – has been announced as the winner of the Public Services Digital Delivery category in the Datacentre Dynamics (DCD) EMEA Awards 2016, for its work on the Metropolitan Police’s data centre estate.
Keysource was awarded the management of two of the critical data centres as part of the force’s wider strategic implementation of the technology transformation programme in March 2016. The company’s role included managing assets, capacity, efficiency, certification and compliance, as well as taking responsibility for delivering management and physical security management.
The Awards are part of a unique global series that provides worldwide recognition to outstanding individuals, teams and projects. An independent panel of industry experts reviewed all the entries for the awards before the winners were announced at the ceremony at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on the 7th December.
Mike West, Managing Director at Keysource, commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Public Services Digital Delivery category. We are proud to have worked with an organisation which has such a rich history and is a symbol of global excellence. This win is testament to the hard work and commitment of our team, quality of our people and our ability to manage high profile, complex projects.”
Keysource is part of integrated property services group Styles&Wood Plc, which provides a full range of professional and contracting services to some of the UK’s premier brands and leading blue chip organisations.
This includes designing, project managing and delivering a diverse range of property programmes including minor refresh works, conversions, shell fit-outs, complex refurbishments and specialist technical services to the data centre and critical facilities sectors. It also provides building intelligence systems, which specialise in optimising the management, running and performance of the built environment.