The latest Oxford Cyber Security Cluster-supported event looking at how SMEs across Oxfordshire approach cyber security took place on Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire with talks from Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, Detective Sergeant (DS) Sally Russell from Thames Valley Police, Sue Staunton of James Cowper Kreston, Neil Britten from Vistage and Stewart Benger on behalf of the Cluster.
Attended by over thirty people from across the county, our speakers examined the challenge for SMEs in making sure that cyber security is and remains firmly on the board agenda. DS Sally Russell first reminded the audience that this is a crime that affects businesses large and small by showing a series of videos of local business owners who have themselves been victims of cyber-crime.
Neil Britten from Vistage, gave a summary of views from their members, much of which backs up earlier survey findings. Typical comments were “I don’t have time to”, “It’ll never happen to me” and “I’ll deal with it if it happens”. During Neil’s insightful talk, he also reminded us that we should be mindful that buying decisions are often based upon emotion and not fact, as we’d like to believe.
Nicola Blackwood, outlined the UK Government’s perspective on the crucial part cyber security plays within our modern economy. She talked about the UK Government’s recent National Cyber Security Strategy, GCHQ’s new National Cyber Security Centre, the Cyber Essentials scheme, guidance such Ten Steps to Cyber Security and addressing the skills gap. She also spoke about her personal experience as a Minister in the Department of Health.
Sue Staunton from James Cowper Kreston spoke of her experiences of working with her SME clients and efforts to encourage them to ensure they have appropriate measures in place to reduce their vulnerability to cyber-crime.
Stewart Benger, Oxford & Thames Valley Cyber Security Cluster Manager, went on to provide some views from the cluster. One of the highlights of the event for the speakers, though, was an impromptu opportunity for a photo shoot with Commander Tim Peake (or more correctly a life-size cardboard cut-out!), the UK’s last astronaut to spend time on the International Space Station.
For more information on the Oxford Cyber Security Cluster please visit www.oxcyber.uk .
The site also includes details of future events being run across the county, along with other useful information on the topic of cyber security.
ADEY’s pioneering work in maintaining and protecting central heating systems has been rewarded with a second Queen’s Award for innovation.
Announced by Her Majesty The Queen, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise celebrates the excellence achieved by Cheltenham-based ADEY in developing its innovative range of high performance chemicals used by heating engineers and plumbers in households and workplaces all over the UK – and to a growing international customer-base too.
Specifically, the award recognises the development of new chemical formulations for the company’s MC1+ ‘Protector’ and MC3+ ‘Cleaner’ range of products, uniquely designed to work in tandem with ADEY’s market-leading MagnaClean magnetic filters. The chemicals safely help to clean the water that circulates inside central heating systems and prevent further corrosion, before the water passes through a magnetic filter which makes it easy to capture and remove the ‘sludge’. By keeping the system clean, the boiler will work more efficiently, saving energy and reducing repair costs.
“We’re delighted and incredibly proud to receive this great honour – the UK’s highest accolade for business success,” says John Vaughan, ADEY Chief Executive. “It’s testament to our highly skilled teams. Innovation has always been at the heart of the ADEY story.
“Since our original invention of magnetic filtration and the MagnaClean filter – which also received a Queen’s Award for innovation – we’ve been committed to developing an integrated approach to heating system protection. The introduction of a new arm within the business to research, create and test innovative and highly advanced chemical formulations was a natural step,” he adds.
“By bringing together the most experienced and technically able experts, ADEY is proud to have created the most advanced chemicals yet seen on the market. This recognition at the highest level gives the whole company a massive boost.”
1. ADEY pioneered magnetic filtration technology more than ten years ago when former heating installer Chris Adey invented the MagnaClean ® filter.
2. ADEY employs 95 staff
3. ADEY is headquartered in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and has offices in Cluses, France and state-of-the-art research laboratory in Sittingbourne, Kent.
4. ADEY’s laboratory is the only facility in the heating industry to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for testing central heating system water and water treatment products to the highest industry standards
5. In 2012, ADEY was recognised with its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for its MagnaClean technology.
6. In 2015, ADEY won the Service and Maintenance Initiative of the Year Award at the H&V News Awards for its industry-leading approach to best practice in heating system maintenance