As the days get longer and the sun tries it’s best to shine, we would like to take this opportunity to extend a massive thank you to all of our customers for their continued support.

2015 has been an exciting year for us, with an expansion of Tascomi HQ, a significant Framework Agreement, many new faces in the Tascomi office and a first adopter of our Public Protection software in Wales.

Here are some of our 2015 highlights so far!

From Cafe to Software Development Company

Due to our continued success and growth in recent years, we were delighted to be given the opportunity to expand our existing premises which we have occupied for 11 years. The expansion facilitates not only the support of our current 28 staff, but also puts in place provisions for our future growth plans, which will enable us to provide improved service to our customers as we continue to grow. The expansion involved knocking through into a neighbouring premises in the village of Hillsborough, County Down, which had previously housed a cafe.

Left to right: Tascomi Headquarters, the neighbouring Cafe Before and After our expansion

Significant Framework Agreement with Welsh Purchasing Consortium

In late April, we were delighted to be appointed as the single provider of Public Protection and Building Control Software for the Welsh Purchasing Consortium, which includes up to nineteen Welsh Local Authorities.

Niall Adams, Tascomi’s Business Development Manager commented; This is a significant achievement for our team and an important step in our growth plans, and we’re excited to build a long lasting relationship with the Welsh Local Authorities.

Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews AM, attended the annual Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Conference in Wales to witness the official signing of the Framework Agreement and commented on it’s significance; This initiative is highly significant as an important signal of local authorities working together, mobilising around a common problem with a shared agenda and a clear objective, to achieve better outcomes.

Left to right: Bryan Snowden, Tascomi Ltd, Mark Elliott, Head of Public Protection, Pembrokeshire County Council, Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews AM and Dr. Richard Martin, Managing Director, Tascomi Ltd

Graduation from the Software Testers Academy

The beautiful Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont was the setting for the Software Testers Academy Graduation this May. The ceremony, hosted by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry, saw Tascomi Testers Anne McSorley and Shelley Corrigan graduate after completing a 16 week long training programe.

Minister Farry stated, With the IT sector rapidly expanding and providing employment opportunities in Northern Ireland, the Software Testers’ Academy is perfectly suited to meet the demands of the sector and to help grow the local economy.

The programme, funded by the Department of Employment and Learning, provides non-IT graduates with the skills and experience required to take up opportunities in the ICT industry. Upon completion of ten weeks college-based training and six weeks work placement with participating organisations, successful Academy participants gained an industry-recognised qualification – the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) Foundation Certificate. Since graduating from the Academy, both Anne and Shelley have gone on to become permanent members of the Tascomi team.

Invest NI Leadership Programme

The Tascomi Senior Management team recently completed the Invest NI leadership programme, which aims to develop leadership capabilities to improve productivity in Northern Ireland businesses. The programme is designed to enhance business leader’s performance and assist them in realising the potential that lies within their business. The programme structure involved Business Mentoring, Leadership Coaching and Shared Learning through peered networks.

Click here to watch Invest NI’s interview with Tascomi’s Richard Martin, Niall Adams and Roisin Murray on how they benefitted from the experience.

Left to right: Tascomi Senior Management Team; Managing Director, Dr. Richard Martin, Business Development Manager, Niall Adams and Programme Manager, Roisin Murray

Teaching Lisburn Kids to Code

For a period of six weeks, Tascomi software developers have been involved in teaching pupils of Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn how to program using ‘Scratch’. Scratch is a programming language designed by MIT, that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

As a local company who are passionate about IT and about bringing IT into the education system in Northern Ireland, we have enjoyed being given the opportunity to teach the next generation the basics of computer programming. Tascomi Software Developer Richard Primrose commented that; Using scratch we are teaching the next generation the basics of computer programming. Scratch simplifies code down to a usable and more importantly enjoyable format for children to explore and create.

New to the Tascomi Team

The start of Summer has brought a few fresh faces to Tascomi Headquarters.
Victoria Boyle; a Marketing Student from Ulster University has joined us on her placement year as a Marketing Executive. Katie Lemon; a Business Management student from Ulster University has joined the Tascomi Product Management and Delivery team as part of her year-long placement. Aaron Trotter and Ciaran McCaughey have both joined the Software Development team on their year-long placements. Aaron, a Computer Games Modelling and Animation student from Ulster University and Ciaran, a QUB Software Engineering student. Aimi Forgan; having graduated with a First class honours in Web Design and Development has joined the team as Graduate Software Developer. Lastly, Esther Nwagu; a first year at QUB has joined us for a 3 month summer internship.

Left to right: Victoria Boyle, Aimi Forgan, Esther Nwagu, Aaron Trotter and Ciaran McCaughey

Read our ‘New Employee Spotlights’ to find out how our new employees are finding life at Tascomi so far!

Tascomi creates 13 New Jobs and Sets Sights on Canada

Following an investment of £100,000 from Danske Bank, this June we announced that Tascomi is creating 13 new jobs, with an average salary of £35,000 as part of a drive to increase overseas sales.

Ian Beatty, Relationship Manager at Danske Bank, said Tascomi is an exciting local company with big plans to take its solutions around the world. Danske Bank has been pleased to be involved in this investment. We have provided the company with the financial resources they need to continue to grow.

Tascomi Managing Director Richard Martin commented on the investment; Up until this year we were mainly working for the public sector in Northern Ireland but more recently we have expanded into the rest of the UK and Ireland. Our success in Wales required fast access to increased working capital, an investment which has helped us to look at opportunities in other export markets. This year we are hoping to export our solutions to Canada.

Wrexham Council Adopt Tascomi Public Protection

This month Wrexham Council successfully became one of the first Welsh Authorities to adopt Tascomi Public Protection via the Welsh Purchasing Consortium Framework Agreement. Wrexham will soon be availing of the comprehensive functionality of Tascomi’s Public Protection software solution, which includes; Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Licensing, Private Sector Housing and Housing Grants.

Toni Slater, Service Manager Public Protection, at Wrexham commented; We are keen to start using Tascomi as soon as possible. The fact that it is mobile out of the box will help us deliver real savings through improved productivity and agile working. As importantly it provides an important platform to progress collaborative working and greater resilience for Public Protection Services.

Find out more about Tascomi Public Protection.

Thank you for reading the our 2015 Summer Newsletter!

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and nothing we have achieved so far this year would have been possible without you.