A Lisburn runner is sitting comfortably atop the leaderboard of the Novosco 10K Grand Prix.
Joseph Stewart of the Jog Lisburn group, based in Wallace Park, is out in front of the competition after nine stages in the 15-race series.
A not-for-profit competition, the Grand Prix is a series of 10-kilometre road races staged throughout Northern Ireland with a total prize fund of over £6,000 divided among the top fifteen runners. Sponsored by Managed Cloud IT firm Novosco and organised by Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, the Grand Prix features hundreds of individual racers of all ages and ability as well as club and corporate teams.
Topping the leaderboard of 730 registered runners, Joseph – a long time Jog Lisburn Running Club member – has completed all nine races in the calendar so far.
To feature in the Grand Prix leaderboard, runners must complete six of the fifteen total races. Individual races times are age-graded and used to generate each runner’s ranking in an overall league table, which is updated after each race.
Patrick McAliskey, Novosco Managing Director, said: “Returning for its second year, the Novosco 10k Grand Prix has quickly become an eagerly anticipated event for local running clubs and sole competitive runners. The Novosco family work in a desk-based environment, so we are always looking at ways to encourage health and wellbeing, and what better way to champion physical activity than a series of fifteen 10-kilometre road races!”
Event Organiser, Glenn Grant said: “Well done to all of our runners for their achievements so far in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix. In particular, Lisburn’s Joseph Stewart who is leading the field. However, the competition is mounting with runners ready to tackle their sixth race in the series. This means we may see a shift in league tables following the next stage.”
“It’s important that we reward the exceptional fitness of this year’s registered runners and the enthusiasm they have brought to the event, that’s why we are delighted Novosco renewed their fitting sponsorship of the event which allows us to offer a dedicated prize fund to the top fifteen finalists,” added Glenn.
Joseph is joined in the top ten by three other members of Jog Lisburn Running Club: George Morrow, Jeff Hull and Joseph McLaughlin.
The next race in the series is the Tandragee 10k taking place on August 20.
For more information on the 2017 Novosco 10k Grand Prix, including upcoming races and updated leader boards, visit novosco10kgrandprix.com.
The IT engineers of tomorrow are being ‘hothoused’ at an innovative IT infrastructure summer camp this week (7th - 11th August, 2017).
The five-day summer camp, which is free to students aged 16-17 who are enrolled at schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland, provides first-hand experience in the management and development of IT infrastructure in a fun learning environment.
Professional IT engineers and Belfast Met lecturers are facilitating the camp, which also includes a tour of Novosco’s headquarters at Catalyst in Belfast to allow students to see a world-class managed cloud company in action.
In addition to free registration, all participants are being provided with a free Raspberry Pi computer to keep.
Areas being covered at Novosco Cloud Camp include: networking, Python programming, basic HTML programming, and creating virtual servers.
At the end of the camp, students can keep their individual Raspberry Pi mini computers to continue practicing and honing the skills learned at the camp.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “Cloud Camp was a real success in 2016 and again we’ve had a big response this year in terms of applicants. We know that there is demand for IT skills in Northern Ireland and that this will grow. But it is evident from the registrations we’ve had in Cloud Camp that there is also real interest in IT careers.
“At Novosco we work hard to develop and retain the expertise we have, but with that comes the responsibility to support the development of the generation of IT infrastructure engineers, skilled programmers and future developers. The Novosco Cloud Camp is just one part of our commitment to supporting the future of the industry and growing the talent pool in Northern Ireland.
“We are delighted to be working with Almac Group and Belfast Met once again, who too share our commitment to developing the skills of the future in Northern Ireland.”
Andrew Hillis, Group Head of Information Services at Almac Group, commented: “Providing an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally is built upon sound IT infrastructure. Some of the skills that young people are learning at Cloud Camp are crucial to the day-to-day operations of our international organisation. We’re thrilled to play our part alongside Novosco to stimulate interest in IT and encourage potential future employees.”
Belfast Metropolitan College’s Principal and CEO, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, added: “It is a privilege to once again host the Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Almac Group, this summer at our Titanic Quarter Campus.
“The college has a rich history in delivering comprehensive courses in ICT and guiding students along the path to future employment for some of Northern Ireland’s leading companies. We are really looking forward to welcoming this year’s campers and supporting them on their informative journey using our excellent facilities and top-class lecturers working alongside Novosco’s talented IT infrastructure engineers.”
Novosco was recently shortlisted for ‘Best Cloud Support Provider’ in the 2017 Computing Cloud Excellence Awards – the only Northern Ireland company to make the shortlist.
For more information on the Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Almac Group, visit novoscocloudcamp.com.
The Belfast-headquartered company has been shortlisted for ‘Best Cloud Support Provider’ in the 2017 Computing Cloud Excellence Awards – the only Northern Ireland company to make the shortlist.
The Cloud Excellence Awards recognise the very best of the UK's cloud industry, including the most innovative and compelling products and vendors.
Commenting on the shortlist announcement, Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted in the ‘Best Cloud Support Provider’ category in the upcoming 2017 Cloud Excellence Awards. This recognises the world-class talent we have at Novosco, and I hope helps highlight the calibre of people and companies we have here in Northern Ireland”.
“Most importantly, being shortlisted for the awards recognises the commitment of our team across Novosco’s offices in Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Manchester. They have had some great successes in the past year, and this award is down to their hard work and excellence,” he adds.
Novosco is a managed cloud provider with clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK and Ireland, including Premiership football teams, some of the UK’s largest health trusts and many of Northern Ireland’s top companies.
Employing around 150 people, Novosco has offices in Belfast, Manchester, Dublin, and Cork. An awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 20 September at the Hilton London Tower Bridge.
For more information on the awards, visit events.computing.co.uk/cloudexcellence.
Managed cloud provider Novosco has secured a deal worth over £10million with a major UK housing association.
The Belfast-headquartered company has won the business with Notting Hill Housing, which manages nearly 32,000 properties across London, and is building thousands more.
As part of the five-year deal, Novosco will provide a range of IT services, including service support and delivery, application management, ICT commodity services, and strategic planning.
Novosco has built considerable expertise in the housing association sector, working for organisations including Swan Housing in the south of England, Northwards Housing based in Manchester, and Radius Housing, which has some 33,000 homes in Northern Ireland.
Notting Hill is the third of London's G15 large housing associations that Novosco has secured as a client.
The five-year deal, which has the potential to be extended for a further two years, will commence after this summer.
Novosco managing director, Patrick McAliskey, says: “Notting Hill is one of the largest housing associations in London, and Novosco looks forward to providing it with an innovative service across a wide range of areas including service desk, security, and disaster recovery. Our team has unrivalled experience and expertise working in the sector, which has been a key factor in us securing the contract.”
Andrew Muir, Group Director of Corporate Services at Notting Hill Housing says: “With so many residents relying on us every day it is absolutely vital that our IT systems are efficient, stable and secure. For that reason we look forward to working with Novosco, who have a proven track record in providing a high quality service to the housing sector and beyond.”
Collecting the trophies in both the ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ and the much coveted ‘Best Place to Work’ categories, at the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards is welcome recognition for the company culture and employee wellbeing focus that Novosco has.
Presented with the awards by Northern Irish funnyman Patrick Kielty, Novosco Operation Manager Susan Hill said, “I’m so proud at these awards, we put so much into ensuring employees physical and mental wellbeing are taken care of.”
Novosco have been recognised previously for being a great place to work, providing its team with such benefits as, an onsite Gym, Fitbits, healthy breakfasts, Westfield Healthcare, Mindfulness, and Acupressure Massages.”
The initiatives have been designed to improve all aspects of an employee’s health. As Novosco operate within a knowledge economy, many of Novosco’s employees are seated in front of a computer for much of the working day. To combat the negative aspects of this, up to 70% of all employees actively take part in the 10,000 steps a day Fitbit challenge.
Furthermore, 42% have taken some part in mindfulness and acupressure sessions, and almost half utilise the company gym. All of this has contributed to a reduction in Novosco’s absence rate in the past 12 months and has created the environment for Novosco to be named ‘Best Place to Work’ and winning the ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ award.
The company also sponsors the Novosco 10K Grand Prix, a series of 15 10K races throughout Northern Ireland and is currently in training for RowAMarathon, a fundraising event for Bowel Cancer UK, which will see Novosco, along with other local companies, covering 42km in 4 hours on rowing machines.