Connectus ingenuity ensures 60 countries view tournament

International rugby 7s enjoys a huge following worldwide, and with teams such as England, South Africa, Ireland, France and the USA all taking part at the Athlete Factory international 7s tournament in Chester, a US production team wanted to film and stream the tournament worldwide.   

Former British Lion and Managing Director of The Athlete Factory, Phil Greening was tasked with securing a robust and secure internet connection to ensure the live streaming of all games and interviews to a worldwide audience of over 500,000 viewers. 

“At first, we were told there was no way it could be done. The tournament was to be  filmed and streamed globally by a US company, and they needed everything in place to be able to deliver the production.”

Phil Greening

With training well underway, the teams, hotels, flights and local transportation all booked,  it was essential the technical challenges be resolved quickly, ensuring a quality production could be streamed in real-time to the hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide.

The Athlete Factory, which is a world-class training and coaching facility, decided to engage Connectus to see if they could resolve the broadcasting challenges.

On reviewing infrastructure, Connectus designed and deployed a robust gigabit-capable point to point link and business broadband service all within 48 hours of the order being received. This provided the necessary platform for the US broadcaster to stream live from the event.

Phil Greening was delighted commenting 

“ At first, we thought it would not be possible, but Connectus pulled out all the stops to make it work. We streamed live to over 60 countries which were amazing. They are ultra-professional and will always go the extra mile for you. I can’t thank them enough!”

Connectus additionally provided telephone and remote support services for the duration of the tournament with no reported incidents for the entirety of the event despite poor weather conditions and record rain-fall in Cheshire for the time of year.

“We were delighted to help with the event.  We approach every challenge with a “can-do” attitude, and once we assessed infrastructure properly and spoke with all parties involved, we were able to design an appropriate solution so a global audience could enjoy the event.”

Roy Shelton, CEO of Connectus

ABOUT THE ATHLETE FACTORY

Managed and owned by British Lions legend Phil Greening, The Athlete Factory is a world-class training and coaching facility for anyone serious about their health, fitness or sport, from the first time gym goer to the elite sportsperson.

Through their elite sport experience, The Athlete Factory, offers a unique approach to body transformation and training goals, with expert programming, conditioning and coaching  delivered in an exciting environment.

ABOUT CONNECTUS

Connectus Business Solutions Limited provides innovative technology via collaboration with our clients, enabling them to create a compelling, sustainable and competitive advantage. Via our Full Fibre network, we can provide a full range of connectivity services including GigaBit business and mission critical connectivity to a wide range of SME, Enterprise and Government clients throughout the UK.

Connectus Business Solutions are delighted to announce that they are a finalist in the Success through Innovation category at the 2019 Doncaster Business Awards.

Winners of each of the categories will be announced on Thursday 12th December at the black-tie awards ceremony which will be held at Doncaster Racecourse.

“Following significant inward investment which has fuelled unprecedented growth, innovation and job creation we are thrilled to be shortlisted for these awards. We are proud of our achievements and the quality of service we provide which is testimony to the hard work of our team. “

Connectus CEO Roy Shelton

Further details of the awards can be found at https://www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk/doncaster-business-awards/2019-finalists

Phil Greening, the former England and British Lions star, has invited the national teams of USA, England, South Africa, Spain, France, Ireland, Hong Kong, Jamaica and Nigeria to train and compete at Chester Rugby Club for an International Rugby 7s event.

Phil runs The Athlete Factory, which is set in the grounds of Chester RUFC and is also the Brand Ambassador for Connectus. 

The star players will make use of the gym’s state-of-the-art facilities and take part in a two-day tournament on the Hare Lane club’s pitches next week.

“We held this event for the first time last year, when six international rugby sevens teams joined the USA, and it was a huge success but this year it will be even bigger and better – we’ll have 10 teams competing in this pre-season training event.”

Phil Greening who also coaches the USA Sevens

This event is the highest level of sevens rugby outside of the HSBC World Sevens Series – and it’s in Chester! Having this event in Chester gives sporting fans the opportunity to get up and personal with world class rugby. We’ll have Olympians, World Cup medallists, an invitational team called the Ramblin Jesters, and many star names.

Thanks to the support and engineering capabilities of Connectus this event will also be streamed live globally by FloRugby, which gives the exposure of the event a greater meaning. The teams will make use of our world-class facilities, including our cryotherapy chamber, and also engage with local schools to promote sport and exercise to children. I would also like to thank the generous support of our other kind sponsors, KTSL and DropJaw Ventures for making this event possible” Entry to the tournament, which will take place on Friday, October 25 (2pm), and Saturday, October 26 (11am), is £5 for adults and free for under 16s. Tickets are available through the Athlete Factory website – www.afchester.global

Upward trajectory continues as new headcount increases by nine in 2019.

Connectus Group, a leading connectivity, IP-voice and cyber specialist, has appointed two further team members to deliver gigabit capable broadband, VOIP and Cyber Security solutions to SME and Enterprise Clients across the Northern Powerhouse region.

Steve Teasdale joins the business development team and Ibrahim Khan joins to increase engineering and support supplementing seven other new staff appointed in 2019 alone.

Over the past nine years, Connectus has been building a reputation, with their fresh approach helping businesses achieve growth and lower operational cost, via a suite of innovative technology solutions, including workforce Mobilisation, Cyber Security and Compliance.

Apart from Brexit, latest research has shown that the above challenges are the most important issues facing business leaders today and are at the heart of decision making when it comes to technology spend. In a digitally-led environment, in what are increasingly turbulent economic times, a winning combination of technology, security and business automation is certainly needed to succeed.

“Having recently opened our 2nd office at the AJ Bell Stadium Salford, we are delighted to create two more employment opportunities across the Northern Powerhouse region. Steve and Ibrahim join our expanding team, which means we have created nine new full-time roles, this year alone. We have seen significant growth and demand for our services, and therefore we must continue to invest in people, process and technology to ensure we continue to meet that demand and maintain the highest possible standards of service.”

Roy Shelton, Connectus Group CEO

Connectus provide full-fibre business connectivity, VoIP Telephony, cybersecurity audits and accreditations, penetration testing and data / IT Governance solutions to over 250 businesses throughout the UK. It is, however, their collaborative approach in applying technology pragmatically to businesses, that is winning plaudits and generating transformational results for customers.

To find out how you can collaborate with Connectus why not call them right now on 0330 440 4848 or email info@connectus.org.uk

Connectus Group, a leading connectivity, IP-voice and cyber specialist, has announced they have now achieved 100% gigabit coverage of their services across Doncaster Sheffield Airport business park. 

Occupying more than half a million square feet of office, warehousing and manufacturing space, with outstanding rail, road and air links, the business park is home to 120 businesses who are now set to benefit from the superfast connection.

Connectus is an approved supplier under the governments Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which provides grants to eligible businesses for the installation of the Gigabit connection. Connectus has already delivered over 100 Gigabit Vouchers providing 
fully-funded installation to SME customers and a strong uptake is expected at the business park.

The gigabit capability will not only allow businesses to improve productivity and efficiency but will also enable them to take full advantage of emerging technologies like VOIP and new cloud applications.

“Doncaster Sheffield Airport Business Park is one of the most exciting developments in the region and offers unrivalled access to the UK’s newest airport as well as the Sheffield City Region. The 62-acre business park has planning consent for over 2,000,000 square feet (186,000 sq. m) of commercial space and is the perfect location for office developments, warehousing and distribution units. As the park continues to grow, we are ideally situated to now extend our coverage into these areas along with additional business parks across the Northern Powerhouse region.”

Andy Marsden, Connectus Group Business Development Director


Connectus provide full-fibre business connectivity, VoIP Telephony, cyber-security audits and accreditations, penetration testing and data / IT Governance solutions to over 250 businesses throughout the UK. 

It is, however, their fresh collaborative approach in applying technology pragmatically to businesses, that is winning plaudits and generating transformational results for customers.

To find out how you can collaborate with Connectus and benefit from the Gigabit Voucher Scheme, why not call them right now on 0330 440 4848 or email info@connectus.org.uk


Read more about the Gigabit Voucher Scheme here https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

Connectus Group, a leading connectivity, IP-voice and cyber specialist, has announced an exciting strategic partnership with Ex England and British Lions legend Phil Greening to deliver gigabit capable broadband, VOIP and Cyber Security solutions to stadia and other venues across the UK.

Having become a big supporter of Connectus, Phil Greening is working with the company in an advisory capacity, helping them to identify and refine their offer into sports stadia and wider businesses, who are looking to maximise technology to deliver business growth.

The partnership has already proved successful, with a contract recently announced with AJ Bell Stadium, the home of Gallagher Premiership rugby team Sale Sharks and Super League team, Salford City Reds.

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Phil. I am thrilled he shares our vision for stadia and high capacity footfall venues, and that he is helping us to build on the successes we are enjoying within the stadia, airports, business parks and destination venues sector. Phil is a rugby legend, with a great deal of business and industry sector knowledge and we have become good friends over the many years we have known each other”

Connectus CEO Roy Shelton

Connectus works with its channel partners and market ambassadors to deliver products carried over the internet including voice, cloud storage and surveillance, as well as the provision of technology security management, cyber protection and information governance. 

 “Having known Roy for many years and having got to know the wider Connectus team, I feel passionate about helping them become even more successful. I have instilled in to all the teams I have worked with over the years that dedication and commitment to success is vital in achieving their aims. The Connectus team are passionate, professional and totally committed. They never fail to impress me, and I am delighted to be working with them.”

Phil Greening

With a fresh and innovative approach to technology solutions, the Connectus team and Phil Greening are now looking to speak to Stadia owners, venues and ambitious businesses across the UK, to offer a resilient IP-based service, as well as wider surveillance and cyber services.    

To find out how you can collaborate with Connectus please call 0330 440 4848 or email info@connectus.org.uk

UCentriX the cloud telephony system from Connectus can transform your business, keeping workers connected wherever they are in the world. As a businessperson on the move you need to be able to work flexibly from anywhere at any time. That’s why cloud telephony could change your life and totally transform your company. 

Its time to say goodbye to the old-fashioned business telephony equipment and embrace the new age of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services. More and More Savvy business travellers and organisations are cottoning on to the benefits of cloud telephony. In the UK, cloud telephony penetration already amounts to 12% and has been forecast to grow around 27% by 2022.

The market for cloud communications is moving like never-before in firms of every kind and every size – driven by the need for digital transformation. Connectus believe cloud communications are an essential building block of any viable digital strategy to enable staff to work flexibly.

UCentriX from Connectus is a best in class system which can help boost your business success and now with the added benefits of;

  1. All-inclusive call bundles
  2. Mobile app for your smart phone for seamless integration
  3. Windows desktop app with full softphone functionality
  4. AI based Call Recording
  5. Instant messaging via the app via 
  6. Enhanced Dashboard and Wallboard Reporting

The entire UCentriX System can be made available with minimum effort – regardless of the size and location of the client’s organisation. 

 “UCentriX is an important milestone in the History of Connectus.” 

We have been delivering our UCentriX platform for 5yrs now to companies large and small throughout the UK. We are now setting an example to the whole market that we have a comprehensive, robust and cost-effective unified communications as a service offering.”

Duncan Shaw, CTO

It is time to free your business communications with UCentriX, the cloud telephony system from Connectus. 

Connectus Group, the connectivity, IP-voice and cyber specialist, has announced a strategic partnership with broadband provider Wildanet to support businesses in Cornwall.

Connectus works with its channel partners to deliver products carried over the internet including voice, cloud storage and surveillance, as well as the provision of technology security management, cyber protection and information governance. 

Wildanet, the Cornwall-based ISP, is now expanding its portfolio to include Connectus products and solutions, delivering them over its own superfast broadband network that connects businesses and communities which have been left behind by the major providers. 

Unlike other network providers, Wildanet’s internet access is not restrained by copper. Its team connects communities by utilising hybrid technology to distribute superfast connectivity to businesses. 

Having initially become a user of Connectus’ VoIP technology uCentrix, the Wildanet team were keen to offer the resilient IP-based service, as well as the wider surveillance and cyber services, to its own expanding business base.

“Wildanet is a really innovative organisation which has addressed a genuine and ongoing challenge faced by a number of businesses. Access to superfast, reliable connectivity is taken for granted, but for those operating in areas without investment in fibre infrastructure, they are trying to run modern businesses for modern customers, but on legacy communication channels. 

“Wildanet’s business model and its dedication to help support businesses with next generation technology is aligned to our own and we’re delighted to be working with the team.”

Connectus CEO Roy Shelton

“Wildanet is committed to ensuring businesses in hard-to-reach areas are not at a disadvantage because of a lack of fibre infrastructure. We are delighted to be working with a partner who is as dedicated as we are to ensuring that UK-businesses, wherever they are based, do not miss out on services that can enhance and grow their businesses based on their postcode.

“Having trialled the Connectus service ourselves, we are looking forward to taking the range of services from IP voice, surveillance and cyber protection through to our customer base.”

Wildanet CEO Ian Calvert
  • Business also opens its own office in the stadium used by Sale Sharks, Salford Red Devils 
  • Five-year managed services contract to deliver series of network, telephony and Wi-Fi upgrades
  • Services to the stadium management team and business tenants will be extended to match day and large event support

Communication provider Connectus Group is to open a new office within the AJ Bell Stadium and will be delivering a series of network, telephony and Wi-Fi upgrades to the stadium management team and those organisations also operating on the site. 

The tools provided by Connectus will allow for more efficient business operations as part of a contract to provide managed services for up to five years.

The AJ Bell Stadium, built in 2010 and opened in 2011, was an equal, joint venture between Peel Land & Property and Salford City Council. Today it is home to rugby union side Sale Sharks, rugby league Salford Red Devils as well as 10 additional companies. 

Further to a range of auxiliary services, Connectus will be increasing the scope and robustness of the connectivity and VoIP services to the business tenants along with providing match day and large event support.

Connectus Group CEO, Roy Shelton, said, “Our focus on providing an end-to-end customer experience and building long-term value for our customers is of paramount importance to us, the benefits of which is clearly recognised by the team at AJ Bell Stadium. We are delighted to extend and build upon our current agreement by consolidating all other services from incumbent providers into one easily maintained managed services contract.”

Councillor David Lancaster, a Council nominated director speaking on behalf of COSCOS, said: “The stadium is delighted to be working with the Connectus team, bringing a host of opportunities to the tenants of the A J Bell Stadium through the roll out of next generation, feature-rich technology. This is also a pivotal moment for supporters and visitors of the stadium, as we enhance their experience through access to the upgraded service.”

The contract represents another stride forward for Connectus who are establishing themselves as a leading provider of next-generation business services across the north of England. 

The business, now with offices in Greater Manchester and Doncaster, provides a full spectrum of superfast, cost-effective business broadband solutions and ultrafast dedicated full fibre connectivity. In addition, they also offer cutting-edge collaboration tools and VoIP telephony, expert consultation for legal compliance, and fully-managed cyber security services.

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For more information please contact Katharine McNamara at ks@konductor.co.uk or call 07966 505661.

Trends in cyber crime show that, for resellers, security provision is becoming an inevitable requirement and to find a holistic security partner is to put their best foot forward, according to Connectus Business Solutions Group CEO Roy Shelton and Chief Information Security Officer Scott Taylor.

Cyber protection is growing in demand across the world as threat levels continue to rise and the pressure for governance becomes ever greater. These threats are no longer isolated to Government departments or large corporates. All companies, including SMEs, are potential targets as they hold sensitive and valuable client and internal data.

The primary cybersecurity threats faced by SMEs are naivety and the ‘it won’t happen to me’ mentality.

Investment in preventative action is far cheaper than resolving a critical incident when it occurs. But the channel typically lacks detailed knowledge of audit and resolution.

To help plug the channel’s skills gap Connectus runs cyber masterclasses for partners and provides support in pre-sales and engagement via its managed services capabilities which, says Taylor, helps to break down false perceptions of security services.

Our sector must work hard to lose the IT stereotype image, and demonstrate that good cyber-security does not have to seriously impact business costs or manpower.

Solutions must be more business-focused and integrated into the normal range of operations rather than seen as ‘money for old rope’ or technology sold purely because of fear. When both sides work together to develop a good understanding of the reality of the risks and the simple things that can be done to mitigate them, SMEs will perceive us not so much as an unnecessary cost, but as a business partner who has their back.

In getting to this position, according to Shelton, it is important for resellers not to reinvent the wheel.

Embrace the growing number of managed services providers that have invested heavily in infrastructure, people, training and operational procedures with a channel- friendly wrap.

Look for experience rather than just certifications. Good security service providers don’t scare their partners or customers into purchasing. They partner with them to help them understand the reality of the risk and how a business needs to operate, in doing so balancing risk against benefit and impact, leading to the best possible outcome for the service user. Security is not about a technology or product. Our approach includes a blend of people, process and technology which provides a holistic and ongoing preventative solution.

Human factor

Taylor underscored the strength of the human factor in implementing security measures.

The most important element of cyber and data security is what’s between the individual’s ears and how they apply it,

Problems are seldom solved by technology alone, which can be one of the biggest issues for resellers who have a vested interest in the sale. The needs of security are ever changing with new threats and risks appearing every day. The cyber criminal does not sleep, and targets the least point of resilience which may change during the working day, week or month. So look for a partner that is prepared to invest in the relationship and work with you and your team on an ongoing basis.

The influence of technology in combating cyber threats will surely rise as the use of Artificial Intelligence and advanced data analytics comes to the fore over
time. These innovations will identify abnormalities in the standard behaviour of users and computer systems which could indicate nefarious activity.

Moving beyond data analytics, and taking into account the increasing prevalence of users wanting to use their own devices, individuals will increasingly look to take control of, and centralise, their online identity for convenience and peace of mind.

This centralised identity can then be used as the basis of their access to an employer’s systems and information and can take their context (such as time of day, geographic location etc), the type of information they require and track precisely who is doing what to what information where and when, which provides greater security for the business in terms of its information, and greater auditability in terms of proving any potential infractions of the rules.

According to Shelton, this enables businesses to deploy straightforward data access management solutions which meet the requirements of customers, suppliers, regulatory compliance, the simplified detection of potential cyber attacks and the mitigation of their impact.

Tools such as these are currently in their infancy but by working with our partners up and down the supply chain they will evolve into highly secure and robust solutions which can deliver great capabilities and a more secure world at a much lower cost than previously possible.

Making it easier for resellers to sell and provision security will require a far more modular or layered approach to service delivery and a move towards micro services being assembled or combined into customer solution suites.

It’s an incredible responsibility running a charity…

… Don’t let the threat of a cyber attack keep you awake at night!

 

With ever-increasing pressures to secure funds, drive income and support the key stakeholders in your target communities, we understand the challenges facing the not-for-profit and charitable sector.

Last year more 22% of charities were subject to cyber attacks, with damage ranging from £300 to £100,000, eating into vital funds.

As a Government-accredited organisation, we work with the National Cyber Security Centre to help educate and support organisations of all sizes prepare themselves in an increasingly criminal cyber world.

We are passionate about working with our customers to ensure their hard-earned funds are safe from harm, and efforts and energy directed towards equipping them for the future and supporting their ability to deliver against organisational objectives.

Cyber support designed with charities in mind 

We can provide your charity with the safety blanket to operate and grow confidently and compliantly.

Our products and services help revolutionise the way the charities address cyber awareness, all the while helping keep costs to an absolute minimum.

  • Reduce insurance premiums by demonstrating cyber awareness and compliance: 
    • Full ISO audit and three levels of Cyber Essentials accreditation
    • Awareness Training for all staff
    • Managed Service for Delivery of Document sets and Updates
    • Low, Medium and High Risk Data Protection Officer Provision
    • Training and accreditations to boost your knowledge, capability and reputation
  • Protect funds by mitigating risk of attack from hackers and career criminals
    • Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration, Phishing Testing and different grades of audit
    • Full range of security measures to ensure your business network has best-in-class defences
    • Software and testing to ensure your networks are aggressively fortified
    • Expertise that ensures your business compliance and security is implemented to an industry-leading standard

For every cyber package sold, Connectus donates 5% of its fee to its nominated charity