A 3,500-room hotel group has chosen Novosco to upgrade and manage its entire IT infrastructure.
The seven-figure deal will see Novosco work in partnership with Village Hotel Club, which has 28 hotels, to manage its migration to the cloud.
Founded in 1995, Village Hotel Group employs over 4,000 people and has a presence in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and other major cities across England, Scotland and Wales.
It is one of the major hotel groups in the UK, and has been continuing to expand its presence, with plans in place for a new 153-bedroom hotel at Lakeside Business Park in Portsmouth.
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.
Novosco employs almost 150 people and also has offices in Belfast Manchester Dublin, and Cork. Last year it acquired English specialist IT security solutions and managed services expert NetDef, further extending its presence in the GB market.
Commenting on the deal, Dan Morley, Head of IT Infrastructure and Service Delivery at Village Hotel Club said: “We are constantly seeking ways to innovate and to provide the best level of service to our customers and employees. Partnering with Novosco to manage our infrastructure services will enable us to do that. With Novosco providing managed infrastructure we will be able to select the services we need, when we need them, and grow our business efficiently.”
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “Village Hotel Club is a highly dynamic and growing company, and we are delighted to work with them to add value to their business and help facilitate their on-going expansion. As a result of the investment being made, we will be able to scale the company’s IT infrastructure as it continues to grow.”
Novosco, which is continuing to recruit for high-value roles in Belfast, recently invested over £1million to more-than-double its space in the city, from 5,000 sq ft to over 11,000 sq ft. Located in the new Concourse 3 building at Catalyst, Novosco’s impressive new headquarters includes state-of-the-art offices, a gym, a library, a coffee dock, and a virtual reality room.
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The Novosco 10k Grand Prix is back bigger and better, with the addition of two major races for 2017.
The Craic 10k and the Run in the Dark are joining the series this year, bringing the total number of races in the Grand Prix to 15.
The not-for-profit competition of 10 kilometre races will take place between March and November and will have a prize fund of more than £6,000.
Sponsored by managed cloud company Novosco and organised by Glenn Grant, who owns electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, the Grand Prix features individual racers as well as club and corporate teams.
The first race in the competition is the Jimmy’s 10k in Downpatrick on Sunday,March 12th, followed by the Craic 10k in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day.
Other races in the series include the Run Armagh 10k, the Enniskillen 10k and the Bangor Classic, before finishing up with the Seeley Cup in Ormeau Park, Belfast in November.
Organiser Glenn Grant said: “The inaugural year of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix attracted interest from thousands of runners, and we are delighted to bring the series back bigger and better for 2017, thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsor Novosco”.
“We already have well over 500 registered this year and anticipate further significant interest from individual runners, clubs and corporate teams. Runners only have to complete six races to be ranked in the final table, so entries can made right up until the Comber 10k in July,” he adds.
Novosco managing director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We are delighted to support the enlarged Novosco 10k Grand Prix in 2017. Running is popular in the IT sector, and we know that it is a passion for an increasing number of people across Northern Ireland. So it is fitting that the Novosco Grand Prix is increasing in size and promises to involve an even larger number of people this year. In addition to individual runners and club teams, we also look forward to welcoming corporate teams to the competition, and are very pleased that some of Northern Ireland’s largest companies already have teams signed up.”
For the full list of races, click here.
Over 10,000 runners crossed the finish line in the inaugural Novosco 10k Grand Prix - a major running series of 13 races across four counties - and it is the veterans who dominate the final standings.
The winners collected their awards today at a special event sponsored by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA in Parliament Buildings Stormont, with Ruth Perioli, a 58-year-old athlete from Comber, receiving top prize for finishing first in the table.
18 prizes in total were presented at the ceremony, including awards for the top 15 competitors in the final leader board, with a total prize-fund of more than £6,000.
61-year-old Mary Mackin from Lurgan finished second in the final standings, with 67-year-old Terry Eakin from Bangor coming in sixth.
George Morrow, a 75-year-old runner from Lisburn was presented with a special award for completing all 13 races, an impressive feat for any athlete, alongside Anne Donnelly (60 years) and Michael Kelso (50 years).
It is a unique age-graded running competition incorporating 13 well-respected and established 10k races, including the Titanic 10k, the Enniskillen 10k, and the Seeley Cup 10k.
Athletes’ average age-graded times over their best six races in the series are used to determine the final standings.
Novosco managing director Patrick McAliskey congratulated the winners: “This was the first year of the Novosco Grand Prix and we had fantastic interest from runners of a wide range of ages and abilities across Northern Ireland. The unique age-graded nature of the Grand Prix makes it an inclusive event, with all competitors in with a chance of seeing their name on the leader board. Congratulations to each of the prize-winners, and to those who completed all of the races. George Morrow in particular is an inspiration, completing all 13 at the age of 75. We look forward to 2017 and encourage runners of all abilities to enter and try to get their names on the leader board.”
Further information about the Novosco Grand Prix is available at www.novosco10kgrandprix.com
The Seeley Cup 10k (inc NI & Ulster 10k Road Championships) at the end of November saw the culmination of the inaugural Novosco 10k Grand Prix, a thirteen race series hosted by ChampionChip Ireland in partnership with Novosco.
The unique and exciting Age Graded running competition incorporated thirteen well-respected and established 10k races in Northern Ireland. Commencing in March with Jimmy’s 10k, followed by Titanic 10k, then Run Armagh 10k, Les Jones 10k, Bann 10k, Enniskillen 10k, Lisburn 10k, Comber 10k, Tandragee 10k, Storming the Castle 10k, Laganside 10k and Bangor Aurora 10k and concluding with the competition finale at Seeley Cup 10k.
The not for profit Grand Prix, which offered generous prizes for both individual athletes and teams, was the brainchild of ChampionChip Ireland’s Glenn Grant and was brought together with the assistance of a steering group which included NiRunning’s Ryan Maxwell, former Athletics NI President John Glover and Novosco employee, keen runner, and Tandragee 10k Race Director Lee Glover.
Northern Ireland based company Novosco, a leading provider of Cloud Technologies, Managed Services and Consulting, provided headline sponsorship for the Grand Prix along with finish line arch and branding. Forestside Shopping Centre was the official retail partner.
A total of 374 athletes registered for the Grand Prix (registration was free) and 9,618 competitors crossed the finish line in the thirteen races, with 94 completing the required 6 races to stamp their place on the Grand Prix leaderboard.
The athlete’s average age-grading over their best 6 races was used and after the Seeley Cup 10k, Ballydrain Harriers’ Vet55 athlete Ruth Perioli was crowned champion, with an age-grading of 89.17% (1stplace). Dromore AC’s Mary Mackin (Vet60) claimed 2nd place with 88.12%, while North Down AC’s Francis Marsh (Vet50) was the leading men’s competitor, taking 3rd place overall with 88.08% - a mere 1.09% split the top three finishers on the overall leaderboard.
There were prizes for the top fifteen competitors on the leaderboard and this is how the final standings looked:
Three runners, Anne Donnelly (Jog Lisburn), Michael Kelso (Unattached) and George Morrow (Jog Lisburn) completed all 13 of the races in the Grand Prix. Vet60 Anne’s age-grading of 74.75% was the best of the three, with Vet50 Michael following in 68.55% and Vet75 George, who featured in a very popular video aligned with the Grand Prix, notched 66.39%.
The only two athletes who topped the podium overall and made it into the top fifteen of the final Grand Prix leaderboard were Laura Graham (Mourne Runners) and Louise Smith (North Belfast Harriers) – Laura won the Laganside 10k, Bann 10k and Bangor Aurora 10k and finished in 12th place on the GP leaderboard, while Louise won Run Armagh 10k and Tandragee 10k and claimed 9th place on the GP leaderboard. The fastest times clocked during the 13 race GP was 30:40 by Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) at Bangor Aurora 10k. Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC) was the quickest lady, running 34:20 at the Titanic 10k
In the TEAM LEADERBOARD, North Down AC led the way with 274 points (1st place), with Dromore AC and Ballydrain Harriers battling it out for the runners up spot. Eventually, Dromore AC took 2ndplace with 322 points and Ballydrain Harriers completed the top three in 347 points (3rd place).
Championchip Ireland and Novosco are delighted to announce that an awards ceremony for the top 15 prize winners and the Club prizes will be held on the 19th of January 2017 at Stormont Parliament buildings. This event will be held over lunch time and invitees, you should know who you are, should aim to arrive no later than 12pm. Further details will be issued by way of the formal invitation which will follow soon.
In summary we would like to thank each and every runner that took part in the competition and congratulate you all for making the Grand Prix such a resounding success in the first year. We very much look forward to seeing you all again at the starting lines of the 2017 races and wish you and yours a merry and relaxing Christmas.