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Intel Vulnerability

Since becoming aware of the Intel Vulnerability (Meltdown and Spectre) on Wednesday, our engineers have been proactively reviewing all our managed services. For the backend host infrastructure we are currently progressing the required remediation.

For customers where patching is not part of your current service, we urge you to check details around this vulnerability for your vendor and ensure that your systems are secured.  Further details can be found here. We’ll contact customers individually to discuss any remediation work that is identified, depending on the results of our scans.

If your contract does not include patching services and/or Desktop as a Service, our Consultancy services can provide help. Pease contact us for more information.

If you are not currently a customer but need advice on how to manage this vulnerability or are interested in our Patch Management Service, please contact us.

Fordway Optimised Infrastructure Event

Fordway are hosting an event at Microsoft Paddington on the 11th January 2018. With guest presenters from Commvault, Datacore, Dell, Juniper and Numecent we'll be helping you to kick off the new year with some fresh ideas on how to envision, drive and deliver your digital transformation.

Find out more about our January Optimised Infrastructure Event.

There are a variety of different ways to get the infrastructure your organisation needs and Fordway has 25 years’ experience working with established vendors and challenger brands to provide leading UK organisations with trusted advice and innovative yet robust infrastructure strategy and solutions. Optimised Infrastructure v2 builds upon the first iteration which harnessed both challenger and industry leading technology solutions across end user computing, storage and backup to deliver complete infrastructure solutions across a variety of sectors including NHS, government, construction and finance.

Often infrastructure change is achieved as a result of planning for a compelling event such as an office move or equipment going end of life. Successful  digital transformation requires you to envision the future requirements of your organisation, plan for complexity and provide the agility needed to drive business change. Fordway Optimised Infrastructure v2 is focussed on how you capitalise on the latest innovation and develop your hybrid capabilities to enable you to centrally manage, control and secure your infrastructure, wherever it is hosted. Even if you aren’t quite the stage for wholesale change there are still opportunities to monitor and optimise what you have and get your services aligned for the next phase of development.

This event brings together the thinking and technology we feel is most exciting at the moment and will provide you with fresh perspective on how to envision, drive and deliver the infrastructure improvements your organisation demands, no matter where you are in your infrastructure lifecycle. We’ll cover everything from server optimisation to hyper-converged infrastructure and creating your hybrid cloud mix and there will be practical advice based on real life examples. This event is delivered in partnership with Commvault, Datacore, Dell, Juniper, Microsoft and Numecent. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions and talk to our team about the issues important to your organisation over lunch.

Fordway named on new Technology Services 2 Framework, which offers longer contracts and easier multi-sourcing

Technology Services 2

We’re delighted to have been named as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new Technology Services 2 (TS2) framework.

TS2 links public sector bodies with suppliers who can provide specialist IT services, from managing desktops to replacing entire systems. We’re included on all four Lots:
•    technology strategy and services design
•    transition and transformation functions;
•    operational services, which covers end user service, operational management, technical management, and application and data management
•    programme and large projects, with sub-lots for Official and ‘above Official’ security classifications.

We’re one of 100 SMEs on the framework, which CCS estimates could help public bodies to save more than £180m over four years, according to Government Computing. Up to £3bn is expected to be spent through the agreement.

TS2 is designed to support the Digital by Default agenda and provide a modular arrangement to enable and support multi-sourcing opportunities. It’s complementary to G-Cloud, but can also be used separately. According to CCS, it includes harmonised T&Cs to allow inter-operability with other CCS technology frameworks, a simplified call-off process and the potential for a catalogue option.

One of the major benefits is that it means reduced timescales  for procurement as no further OJEU process is needed. Call-off contracts can be from two years to a maximum of seven years. There’s more information about the framework at

Team Fordway cylists raising money for The Eikon Charity

Team Fordway Cycling for Eikon
Team Fordway are taking part in Ride London on 30th July to raise money for The Eikon Charity. Based in Surrey Eikon mentor and help teenagers facing difficult situations to come through them.
Richard Blanford, Rob Howe, Brian Kemp and Lewis Williams are all looking forward to the challenge and are training hard for the 100 mile event which features leg-testing climbs and a route through London and Surrey made famous by the world's best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics.
You can find out more and support all three Fordway cyclists through our donations page:
Fordway first became supporters of Eikon in 2016 when the sponsored and then purchase a cow as part of the Surrey Cow Parade. Ermincloud, the Fordway cow can be seen grazing outside Fordway's Head Quarters in Godalming. Fordway staff have previously participated in events including cycling, abseiling and the Devil Run to raise funds for the cause.
You can find out more about Eikon on their website

Fordway duo in charity abseil for Eikon

Guildford Cathedral


On Saturday June 10th, two intrepid Fordway employees - Caroline Martucci and Kathi Churchill will be climbing the 249 steps to the top of Guildford Cathedral. Not content with simply taking in the glorious views they will then abseil 160ft down the side to raise funds for Eikon, a local Surrey based charity.

Eikon has been working in the local community for over two decades, providing valuable support to some of the county's most vulnerable young people. You can find out more about their work on their website

If you'd like to support them in their efforts, you can donate through their pages below:

Fordway identified in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘ 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report.

1000Companies HR 2017
The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has just published its annual report identifying what it describes as ‘some of the fastest growing and most dynamic SMEs in the UK’ – and we’re delighted that Fordway is included in this year’s list.
The report is titled ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’, and as well as nominating  innovative and growing companies it examine the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the British and European economies. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.
In his foreword, Xavier Rolet, CEO of the LSEG points out that this type of company tends to grow through innovation, either offering new services or reimagining the provision of existing business models. That’s certainly our aim for Fordway – to offer innovative services that enable our customers to be more effective and competitive, whatever their sector. Find out more about our innovative Cloud Services.

Fordway's four new G-Cloud 9 Services

G cloud 9 Supplier

The G-Cloud 9 framework has now gone live and we’re delighted to say it includes four new Fordway services alongside our existing cloud services such as Cloud Intermediation Service, Cloud Migration and our core Managed Cloud Services.

The new services have been designed around issues our customers have highlighted as high on their priorities in 2017 - moving legacy applications to the cloud, rationalising data and streamlining storage and cost, complying with the GDPR and providing business quality cloud communications.  All four new services are also available directly from Fordway to all customers.

We’ve been offering services through G-Cloud since the framework’s first iteration, and have already successfully implemented contracts for clients including DECC, the Skills Funding Agency and UKAS.

The new services are:

• Application Replatforming to Cloud – enabling organisation to understand which applications are suitable for migrating to public or private cloud, the business applications and the associated benefits and risks of moving.
Cloud Data Storage and Tiering – analysing an organisation’s data use and business needs and designing a consolidated solution to bridge existing solutions with cloud services
• Cloud Skype for Business – enterprise grade unified communications, including IM, voice, video and collaboration capabilities based on per user/month pricing and delivered from Fordway’s resilient  infrastructure in Tier 3 UK datacentres.
• GDPR Security Bridging Service – consultancy to help organisations achieve GDPR compliance and align with security best practice.

Fordway at the ITDF

Fordway are pleased to announce that we will be attending the ITDF Spring Conference on 10th - 13th May 2017.

The conference held on board the Aurora aims to give senior IT professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovation to help deliver the strategic change required in their organisations.  More information on the conference can be found at




Join us at the Local Government Strategy Forum

Fordway are pleased to announce that we will be attending the Local Government Strategy Forum at Heythrop Park Resort on 23rd and 24th May.

Richard Blanford will be speaking on the first day at the event for those working in local government. The Forum aims to provide pioneering views on existing and forthcoming challenges in the sector, with discussions focused on tangible solutions to these development areas.

If you work in local government you can register your interest in attending at
The venue for this event will be the: Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, Oxfordshire. OX7 5UF

We look forward to seeing you there!

More information on the event is available at:

Fordway’s cloud services PSN accredited

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve achieved accreditation to the PSN (Public Services Network). This enables us to offer our PaaS, IaaS and DaaS cloud services over the government’s high performance secure network to any public sector organisation that has the requirements, security classification and suitable policies in place to connect to the PSN. 
The PSN was set up to help public sector organisations work together, reduce duplication and share resources while providing assurance of IT security. Achieving this accreditation recognises the high levels of security that Fordway’s managed cloud services provide.
You may have seen last month’s news reports that the PSN will not be with us forever. The Government Digital Service (GDS) stated in a blog that as more services are moved to public cloud then the internet will be considered sufficient for the majority of public sector work. However, I believe that it will be with us for some time yet. As the GDS points out, there is quite a lot of work to do across the public sector to prepare for these changes. In the meantime, we’ll continue to offer PSN services to any organisation that needs them.
Find out more about Fordway's Certifications

Fordway is now on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 Framework

After going through a lengthy application process we’re delighted to have been awarded a place on the new Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 Framework. These should be available early in February.

We’re offering services in two categories: digital outcomes and digital specialists. This enables us to provide both individual consultants to work on a service, programme or project and teams to build and support a digital service.

DOSF2 complements the G-Cloud framework, where we already offer cloud services such as PaaS, IaaS, disaster recovery, identity management and Cloud Intermediation Services, which helps organisations plan for and manage a migration to the cloud. We’ve been on G-Cloud since the framework was launched and have been awarded a number of contracts, with particular success in IaaS – analysis in June 2016 by public sector analysis group Kable found that Fordway were as fifth in terms of total IaaS spend through G-Cloud.

The idea behind these frameworks is to help the public sector benefit from the innovation, agility and creativity of SMEs such as Fordway. The feedback we’ve had from our public sector customers shows that this is working – they love our responsiveness, flexibility and continuity of staff. It’s also enabled us to work alongside some of the largest IT contractors and we’ve been involved in some very successful collaborations.

All the services we offer through these frameworks are also available to private sector companies – just contact us directly if you’d like to discuss how we can help or explore our website.

Fordway celebrates 25 years in business with new services and a new partner

Fordway Staff in Godalming Autumn 2016

Caption: The Fordway team in Godalming

Managed cloud and IT infrastructure provider Fordway is celebrating its 25th birthday with a pledge of continued innovation in both the brands it works with and the services it offers. In August the company announced a new partnership with Druva and introduced four new cloud services, all of which are available through the G-Cloud framework.

In the last five years MD Richard Blanford has made a substantial investment in facilities, skills and staff to transform Fordway from a traditional reseller into a managed cloud provider with a turnover of almost £15 million and more than 100 customers. This has included identifying and working with challenger brands as well as established vendors in order to develop innovative services such as Identity Management as a Service (IDAMS) and the new Patch Management as a Service. Fordway has also invested in ensuring that it has all the relevant accreditations to deliver services to the public sector.

“When the recession came along major infrastructure change projects dried up, hence our move into managed cloud services,” explained Richard Blanford. “We still provide the combination of in-depth technical knowledge and practical implementation experience on which Fordway was built, but we now offer our customers the choice of using their infrastructure, ours or public cloud - whichever combination is best for their business.” Looking back over the last few years of change, transformation and growth, Richard says that when things get tough, doing nothing is not an option.

“The key piece of advice I would offer is that if the business isn’t working, don’t wait for things to get better,” he says. “Understand how you can apply what you are good at differently, change your game and do it quickly before the changing market leaves you behind.”

Three opportunities to join Fordway in London!

It's the start of the IT events season! We'll be delighted to see you in London this Autumn; find us at IP Expo Europe, join us at Microsoft Future Decoded or register for Fordway's very own Cloud Security & Compliance Event held in partnership with Microsoft.

You'll also find us at the Local Government Strategy Forum in Oxford and at the Autumn IT Director's Forum 

Visit our events page for more information on all these events.   

Caroline Martucci raising funds for Eikon in ‘Devil run’


Fordway’s Caroline Martucci is participating in the Three Counties 5k ‘Devil Run’, a test of stamina and endurance which runs through paths at the Devil’s Punchbowl in Hindhead, Surrey. She’ll be raising funds for Eikon, a Surrey based charity providing support to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people.

You can support Caroline on her Just Giving page

You can find out more about Eikon’s work at

Where has the Fordway cow gone?

ErminCloud, the Fordway Cow has now left our offices and is embarking on the next stage of Surrey Hills CowParade. Her next stop is the Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink on September 3rd 2016. The event taking place at Coverwood Farm, Ewhurst, GU6 7NT provides one last opportunity to see ErminCloud and all other participating Surrey Hills CowParade cows before they head off to auction in October and November.

Local designer Lisa Sutcliffe of Lisa Jayne Interiors has decorated Ermin cloud with a cloud inspired theme reflecting our business in cloud computing. We’ve chosen to support Eikon, a local charity providing support to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people. You can find out more about their work at

cows in transit

The Fordway cow 'ErminCloud' (far right) departs our Godalming office along with several other "participants" of Surrey Hills CowParade. Photo courtesy of Caroline Martucci.

Fordway bring Druva's cloud-based data protection to G-Cloud

Fordway is pleased to announce our partnership with converged data protection company Druva as an Elite PartnerSync managed service provider. This partnership will make Druva's public cloud-based data protection available through G-Cloud for the first time and will be available to all Fordway customers as a Managed Cloud Service

Druva's software is part of the new Endpoint Data Protection and Compliance Service, which manages data backup, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), file sharing and other services on all nominated Windows, Mac, IOS, Android and Linux devices. 

“With data collection and preservation a continual concern for all organisations, we identified the need for a cloud-based endpoint data backup, restore and compliance service to provide clients with support should the worst happen,” said Richard Blanford, Fordway managing director. “The Druva solution enables us to provide both automated and user-initiated backups and other endpoint services such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP) concern for all organisations, we identified the need for a cloud-based endpoint data backup, restore and compliance service to provide clients with support should the worst happen,” said Richard Blanford, Fordway managing director. “The Druva solution enables us to provide both automated and user-initiated backups and other endpoint services such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and file sharing through a non-intrusive client application.  We see it as a valuable addition to our existing range of cloud services.”

Druva is the leader in converged data protection, bringing data-center class availability and governance to the mobile and distributed enterprise. With a single dashboard for backup, availability and governance, Druva’s award-winning solutions minimise network impact and are transparent to users. As the industry's fastest growing data protection provider, Druva is trusted by over 4,000 global organisations on over 4 million devices.

View the full range of Fordway's Cloud Services

Fordway launches four new services in G-Cloud 8

Fordway have launched four new security ‘as a service’ products to help organisations remain compliant and proactively monitor their estate for new threats. Endpoint Protection, Security Monitoring, Security Management and Patch Management are all available from the Digital Marketplace through the new G-Cloud 8 framework.

We have been offering services through G-Cloud since the framework’s first iteration. In February 2016 the company was 33rd in a list of G-Cloud suppliers, with more than £6.5 million in sales for clients including BIS, DECC, the Skills Funding Agency and UKAS – demonstrating that smaller suppliers can successfully win work through the framework.

“Organisations face a continued challenge to stay protected and compliant while ensuring everything is backed up in case the worst should happen, particularly with an increasingly mobile workforce,” said Richard Blanford, Fordway managing director. “These new security services enable users to pass some of the risk to Fordway, taking advantage of the latest tools and our best practice processes combined with automated back-ups to the public cloud.” 

Fordway’s Endpoint Data Protection and Compliance Service manages data backup, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), file sharing and other services on all nominated Windows, Mac, IOS, Android and Linux devices, thus protecting remote, mobile and home workers as well as those who are office based. Based on Druva’s data protection software, it incorporates Fordway’s dedicated 24x7 monitoring.

The other three new services are part of Fordway’s Cloud Intermediation Services (CIMS) portfolio, also offered within G-Cloud 8, which helps organisations choose the optimum mix of cloud services for their needs and implement them smoothly and efficiently. Security Monitoring includes vulnerability assessment and posture analysis to identify unusual activity before it leads to an attack, while Security Management helps users review and plan their security requirements and supports the transition of services into the cloud across multiple suppliers. Patch management ensures that organisations stay up to date as new vulnerabilities are identified, freeing up in-house teams for other activities.

See the full selection of Fordway's Cloud Services.

Calling all budding designers aged between 5 – 12.


Ermincloud - can you picture her in a hat?

Design a hat for Ermincloud and you could win a £30 voucher for The Toy Box toy shop in Godalming.

Ermincloud, the Fordway cow is in the Surrey Cow Parade. She currently grazes in front of the Fordway offices in Godalming at the crossroads of the Brighton Road and A3100. She'll be here throughout the summer before joining the rest of the herd at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival. Eventually she will be auctioned for charity. 

We think she needs a special hat! It could be a top hat, a sun hat, an elegant ladies hat, a hip baseball cap, a beret – let your imagination run wild!

We'd love to see your drawings. All you need to do is send us your design by email or by post by midnight on 11th August 2016 and if your design is selected our designer Lisa Sutcliffe will attempt to recreate it! 

Email your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post them to: Ermincloud, Fordway Solutions, Hambledon House, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1JJ.

Please note terms and conditions apply (see below).


Terms and Conditions

By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions:

  1. The Prize: There will be 1 prize winner, who will win a £30 voucher for the The Toy Box based in Godalming.
  2. Entries must be received by midnight GMT 11th August 2016.
  3. The competition is open to children of 5 – 12 years of age.
  4. The competition is only open to Surrey residents.
  5. No cash alternative to the prize will be available
  6. Children of Fordway employees are not eligible to enter.
  7. Children must confirm that they have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter the competition.
  8. Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  9. Proof of entering is not proof of receipt of entry.
  10. No responsibility can be accepted for lost or misplaced entries and incomplete entries will be disregarded.
  11. The winner will be notified by email on the 12th August.
  12. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  13. The winner will be the entry chosen by Fordway MD Richard Blanford and our design Lisa Sutcliffe.
  14. Competition entrants may have their Christian name, age and town of origin published on the Fordway website
  15. The competition winner will have their Christian name, age and town of origin published on the Fordway website
  16. By entering this competition, you are granting us a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on the Fordway website and in our newsletters and create a finished hat for Ermincloud based on your design. Artworks will not be used for any other purpose than that which is stated here. The winning entry will be displayed on the website. Each entry becomes part of the public, historical / archival online contest catalog. It can be removed at a later date upon request.
  17. The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

Promoter: Fordway Solutions, Hambledon House, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1JJ.

Fordway cyclists are raising money for Eikon.

Cycling challenge


Three Fordway staff are participating in extreme cycling challenges to raise funds for Eikon in July. Eikon is Fordway’s supported charity for 2016. Based in Surrey Eikon mentor and help teenagers facing difficult situations to come through them.

Richard Blanford, managing director, is riding L’Etap du Tour, where he is pretending to be a Tour de France rider. L’Etape is over the final mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France between Megeve and Morzine. It’s only 100 miles but there’s over 10,000 vertical feet of climbing. 

Rob Howe and Conrad Juleff are supporting Eikon by doing the 100 mile Ride London event on 30th July. The route features leg-testing climbs and a route through London and Surrey made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics.

You can find out more and support all three Fordway cyclists through our donations page

You can find out more about Eikon on their website

Visions of shared services and innovative technology at Fordway’s Customer Forum



New ways of working both now and in the future were the key topics at Fordway’s sixth Customer Forum in June.

The event opened with David Tidey, head of IT at Wandsworth Council and designate head of IT for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, discussing how the councils’ Shared Staffing Arrangement is driving the implementation of shared IT services. He highlighted the importance of a clear vision and why it is vital to get all staff on board, as well as to prioritise activities and, as he put it “kick some projects into the long grass”.

His themes were echoed by Fordway MD Richard Blanford, who explained that all successful infrastructure change needs to be driven by a vision and a compelling event, followed by people and then processes. He made the somewhat controversial statement that platform comes last and it really doesn’t matter as “all technology is pretty good – you just need to know what you’re doing!”

Ian Gill, senior category manager for IT procurement at Dorset County Council, explained the innovative process the Council has developed to manage ICT supplier selection. This can be applied across both public and private sectors to speed up procurement by using pre-qualified suppliers.

The event concluded with a vision of a technology-led future from Microsoft UK’s chief envisioning officer Dave Coplin. He reminded the audience that we need to use technology to innovate, not just to make old working practices more efficient, and looked forward to a world of ubiquitous computing in which individuals and organisations harness the digital deluge and take back control of the potential that technology offers.

During the event Fordway demonstrated its Cloud Monitoring as a Service. Attendees were invited to participate, with prizes for the winners of a donation to a charity of their choice. First was Haider Abas from Smith & Williamson, whose donation will go to Al-Ayn Social Care Foundation, with second place to Paul Ruse who has opted to support Fordway's chosen charity Eikon.

Introducing Ermincloud the Fordway Cow.

Ermincloud the Fordway Blue Cow

She’s at Fordway during the Surrey Hills CowParade.

Share your photos or a cow related pun or two on twitter using: #Ermincloud @fordway

Fordway are a managed cloud and IT infrastructure company based in Godalming. We think the CowParade is a fun and creative way to support charity. We've chosen to support Eikon, a local charity providing support to some of the county's most vulnerable young people. You can find out more about their work at

Local designer Lisa Sutcliffe of Lisa Jayne Interiors has decorated Ermincloud with a cloud-inspired theme reflecting our business in cloud computing. Lisa is a Surrey based interior designer and decorator with over 18 years' experience across a wide range of projects - although she has never tackled a cow before!

Ermincloud will be at Fordway HQ in Godalming throughout the summer before joining the rest of the herd at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival. Eventually she will be auctioned for charity. We hope you agree that Ermincloud is 'mootiful'.

Keep an eye out - you never know what she may wear next!

With greatful thanks to Steve Scott at SS Mobile Auto Refinishing for the paint and to local Scaffolders Scorpion Scaffolding for erecting the scaffold to support the cow.

Find out more about the Surrey Hills CowParade.

Fordway IDAMS shortlisted for Computing Vendor Excellence Award

Computing Vendor Excellence Awards 2016We’re delighted that our cloud-based Identity and Authentication Management Service (IDAMS) has been shortlisted for this year’s Computing Vendor Excellence Awards in the Identity and Access Management category. We’ve already implemented a service based on IDAMS to a government Agency, providing secure single sign-in to support mobile and remote working.

The award recognises solutions which help IT teams manage the growing complexity of assuring user identity and controlling their access to multiple applications from multiple devices. The judging criteria included effectiveness, scalability and whether the solution provided a seamless end user experience. Clearly Fordway's IDAMS ticked all of those boxes!

Fordway IDAMS is a cloud-based user identity authentication service which provides an authoritative source of identity to authenticate against corporate, PSN, web, cloud and hosted systems. It offers pre-configured connectors for over 20 applications and custom connectors can be developed, enabling it to be configured to authenticate to almost any other system. There is also a self-service portal where users or administration staff can provision and update requirements for themselves, with custom authentication and provisioning workflows defined to allow staff and partners secure access to services.

The award winners are announced on 1st July 2016.

Fordway wins SouthTech business award

On Thursday 14th April, Fordway were presented with Decision Magazine's SouthTech business achievement award for Most Successful Company of the Year in the SME category. 

What makes the SouthTech award unique is that no company was able to put itself forward or be nominated. Instead, the accounts of every technology business in the south of England were independently researched in an initiative supported by Grant Thornton, NatWest, and the Whiteoaks Consultancy.

Stefanie Mulder attended the private reception at Central 40 in Basingstoke to accept the award.

Stefanie Mulder accepts the SouthTech award

Local Government Strategy Forum

Fordway are pleased to announce that we will be attending the Local Government Strategy Forum on 12th and 13th April.

Richard Blanford will be speaking at the invitation-only event at 10:05 - 10:25 on Tuesday morning. His talk will be on Shared IT Services in local government - a suppliers (and taxpayers) perspective

Fordway has been involved in both the strategic planning and technical delivery of over a dozen local government shared service initiatives in the past 5 years, across county, unitary and district councils.  These councils have had varied IT service delivery models; from fully in-house to complete outsource. Some initiatives have worked well - and we believe will achieve their aim – while others have failed to get beyond the planning stages, or have been through several iterations to realise the desired outcomes. Through this we have learnt what we believe are the factors behind a successful shared IT service, the issues to plan for, and guard against, plus the essential steps to get there.  In his session, Richard, will offer insight into these experiences and shares his tips for success. 

The Forum aims to provide pioneering views on existing and forthcoming challenges in the sector, with discussions focused on tangible solutions to these development areas.

The venue for this event will be the De Vere Heythrop Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5UE.

More information on the event is available at:

Yes, it's true. Fordway really do have a cow!

Fordway are taking part in the Surrey Hills Cow Parade.

CowParade, the world’s largest public art event, is coming to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to round up the support of celebrities and community groups and raise money for local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape. This high-profile event that will lead to dozens of brightly coloured, life-sized cows being displayed throughout the entire county of Surrey from May to August 2016.

Fordway are working with local artist Lisa Sutcliffe who has taken delivery of our own fibreglass cow and is currently in the process of bringing the cow to life with her artistic flair!

“Fordway is delighted to be involved in Cow Parade" says Richard Blanford, Fordway's Managing Director "It's a fun and engaging concept that allows businesses like Fordway to support good causes while publically promoting the talents of amateur artists and designers”

Proceeds generated from the Fordway cow at Cow Parade auction will go towards Fordway's 2016 nominated local charity Eikon, whose mission is to provide socially and economically disadvantaged young people with the support and skills they need to overcome challenges and fulfil their potential in later life.

Follow Fordway's LinkedIn company page and Twitter feed for all the latest updates on Fordway's participation with Cow Parade.

Fordway expertise and IT infrastructure supports BFK Crossrail achievement

Fordway in Elizabeth Line tunnel

On 23rd February, the Queen visited the Crossrail site at Bond Street where it was announced that the new route, to be opened in 2018, would be named the Elizabeth Line in her honour. Fordway have been working quietly in the background supporting the IT for BFK for the past 4 years. Richard Blanford and Amanda Mival visited the site hot on her Majesty’s heels to see the progress first hand.

Fordway, first became involved with BFK and the Crossrail Project in December 2011. Then we set up platform as a service and a fully managed and hosted business continuity/disaster recovery solution for the project in just four weeks using our two UK data centres. Fordway also provides an onsite IT presence and 24x7 helpdesk support for the tunnelling operation. Now, the 26 miles of tunnel has been drilled and stretches eastwards through Paddington, down to Hyde Park, along Oxford Street and finally down towards the city and the central hub for the whole Crossrail project, Farringdon.

The main IT challenge has been evolving with the project; following the progress of the Tunnel Boring Machines and setting up temporary offices along the route. In total, 23 offices have been used on our part of the project, mainly in Central London for short and mid-term use - all requiring high availability through to our datacentres which has been delivered by various means. Alistair Brown, Fordway’s on site manager commented, ”Fordway have shown the flexibility necessary to make this whole project flow smoothly and we have provided the quality and quantity of personnel when required. No task has been beyond us."

Another great achievement has been to pull together the IT for three different companies, BAM, Ferrovial and Kier, to enable the consortium to work as one and collaborate their information and systems. It is believed no other UK construction company has been able to achieve this successfully on a joint venture to date.

When the Elizabeth Line is fully operational, we will be proud to think that Fordway were instrumental in creating a landmark which will serve the capital city in a hundred years’ time and beyond.

You can read more about this project in our BFK case study

Sales through the Digital Marketplace surpass £1bn

Last week, the government announced that sales through the Digital Marketplace had surpassed £1bn. It has been four years since G-Cloud was first launched.

Fordway are delighted to be an integral part of the G-Cloud story and to have assisted the UK public sector in their £1bn journey to the efficiencies of cloud. 

For the full story, read - Revealed: G-Cloud's top suppliers by spend in CRN

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