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Happy Christmas from Fordway

Fordway Christmas Tree

Season's Greetings from Fordway,

Whilst the service desk is always open 24/7 all year round for our clients with support contracts, our office hours over the festive season will be as follows:


  Christmas Eve     8am - 1.00pm 
  Christmas Day     closed
  Boxing Day     closed
  29th & 30th December     8.30am - 5.00pm
  31st December     8.30am - 3.00pm 
  New Year’s Day     closed

New Fordway Cloud Intermediation Service available in G-Cloud 7

Today's G-Cloud 7 framework includes the new Cloud Intermediation Service (CIS) from managed cloud provider Fordway, which the company believes is the first service of its kind to be offered through the framework. It is available through the Digital Marketplace with all Fordway's other managed cloud services.

Fordway's CIS, which is available from today, has been developed in conjunction with both public and private sector clients after the company found that many organisations struggle to plan and manage their move to cloud while maintaining existing services in parallel. The new service helps organisations assess, plan, transform and migrate their infrastructure partly or completely to public cloud using agile project management, providing whatever combination of resources they need to support their in-house team at each stage of the transition.

CIS can include use of Fordway's own cloud services as an intermediate step to provide service stabilisation or transformation to support the transition. The company has strong relationships with public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google, enabling it to provide a single point of contact to manage a transition irrespective of the target platforms.

Fordway has won a number of contracts through G-Cloud for organisations including the Skills Funding Agency, BIS and DECC, and also provides cloud services for many private sector organisations including one of the engineering consortia delivering key infrastructure projects for Crossrail.

"Most IT teams will only migrate their systems to cloud once, and it's a big step. For the sake of their organisation and their own careers it needs to be planned and delivered successfully, on time and within budget, without any surprises," says Richard Blanford, Fordway managing director. "Fordway have already done this many times for a variety of clients, so bring our experience and proven methodologies to help them plan for all eventualities. This minimises risk, gives clarity on costs, delivers a better result more quickly and ensures they obtain the expected benefits. We can provide as much or as little support as each organisation needs at each stage of their transition, complementing the skills of their in-house team."

Total G-Cloud spending to reach £1bn in 2016.

G-Cloud sales for July through to September 2015 were strong and came in just shy of £100m. With £806m transacted through the G-Cloud framework since its launch in April 2012 and the current trend of increasing public sector sales likely to continue, total spending can be anticipated to reach £1 billion by summer 2016.

The majority of total sales have been through Central Government with the remainder of spend attributed to other public sector bodies. What is evident from the breakdown (see graph below) is that Local Government is still slow to embrace the framework; as at the end of August 2015, spend by local government was just 5.9% of the total.

Cumulative spend by customer type

Graph showing cumulative spend on G-Cloud (from Apr 12 to Aug 15) by public sector customer type. Source:

Come and see Fordway at the Transformation in Digital Government Conference

Fordway will be at the Transformation in Digital Government Conference on Thursday 15th October. Richard Blanford will be speaking on the topic of "Maximising Collaboration Across Public Sector IT".

The event, free to those working in the public sector, brings together IT leaders from across the public sector to share experience and gain practical, evidence-based guidance on procuring and integrating the latest technologies in everyday operations.

If you are going to the Show, be sure to come and visit Fordway at stand 6 in the Buckingham Suite. Marc Meyer-Hubner and Aftab Ahmed, will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about Fordway.

More information on the event is available at:

Fordway - IT Services. Excellence delivered.

Customer Forum Feedback Survey winner announced

Fordway pledged to donate £250 to a charity chosen by one of our customers completing the Fordway 2015 Customer Forum Feedback Survey. We are pleased to announce that the Leatherhead Youth Project was selected as the charity to support from the many worthy causes highlighted.

Martin West from Frazer-Nash Consultancy nominated the Leatherhead Youth Project as his chosen charity. The project launched in 2005 provides services for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in Leatherhead where Martin lives.

You can find out more about the charity at their website


Martin West with the Liphook Youth Project

Picture: Martin West pictured with members of the Leatherhead Youth Project.

Welcome to the new Fordway

We’ve launched a new logo and website to celebrate the evolution of Fordway’s services into managed cloud and beyond! Managed cloud services is arguably the biggest transition to happen to Fordway in its 24 years of existence and so too is it an important, positive change for our customers who are already experiencing the tangible benefits - such as workforce productivity gains and reimbursement of costs through effective supplier management – that these services are delivering. And for those of you who are simply after a safe pair of hands, you’ll be delighted to hear that we still provide traditional consultancy services!

So we believe that IT as an enabler to your success is something to be celebrated and hope you enjoy our new logo and new website. Please contact us if there is anything that we can do to help you or if you simply wish to express your opinion on the new look?

Richard Blanford speaking at Transformation in Digital Government Conference in October

We're delighted that Richard is taking part in a panel debate at the Transformation in Digital Government Conference in London on 15 October 2015. He'll be speaking on the topic of "Maximising Collaboration Across Public Sector IT". Organised by Kable Government Computing, the event brings together IT leaders from across the public sector to share experience and gain practical, evidence-based guidance on procuring and integrating the latest technologies in everyday operations. The event is free to attend for public sector employees. Fordway will also host a stand in the exhibition area.


Other speakers at the event include:

  • Richard Matthews, Technology Director for Corporate Services and Public Bodies, Ministry of Justice
  • Tony Singleton, COO, GDS, Cabinet Office
  • Rocco Labellarte, Head of Technology and Change Delivery, Corporate Services, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Richard Godfrey, CIO, Peterborough City Council
  • David Tidey, Assistant Director, IT and Business Management, Wandsworth Borough Council
  • David Bicknell, Editor, Kable Government Computing
  • Gareth Lloyd, Chief Digital Officer, Companies House
  • Indi Singh, Head of Architecture, NHS England
  • Jasvir Chohan, Interim Head of Business Systems, Guildford Borough Council
  • Matt Jukes, Head of Digital Transformation, Office of National Statistics
  • Terry Brewer, Divisional Director Commercial, Contracts and Procurement, London Borough of Harrow
  • Terry Makewell, Chief Digital Officer, Office of National Statistics
  • •         Tim Clayton, Chief Digital Officer, Skills Funding Agency


More information on the event is available at:

Northern Devon NHS Trust receives funding for mobile electronic observation solution for its clinicians


28th May 2015

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been awarded Nursing Technology funding for an integrated cloud based mobile electronic observations and handover system. The Trust selected Nervecentre Software and Fordway to provide this seamless mobile healthcare platform to clinicians to help improve patient safety and staff communications. The contract was awarded through the G-Cloud framework.

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Fordway employee on fundraising drive in support of Nepal Earthquake relief work

The village of Gumda before the earthquake
The village of Gumda before the earthquake

Following the devastation of the earthquake in Nepal, Fordway’s Mark Grubb had to do something to help. His son Alex, had only just returned from an Explorer Scouts expedition to install a water supply in the village of Gumda in the Gorka region. Gumda is close to the epicentre of the quake. Most of the population 1,300 lost their homes. Fortunately there were few fatalities.

Having participated in similar projects himself, Mark has first-hand experience of the rudimentary living conditions of the Nepali villagers who depend upon subsistence farming for survival in a country with little infrastructure. His main concern is that the future for these people looks desperate and bleak.

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Fordway Customer Forum 2015 - Save the date!

montagueThis year’s Customer Forum will take place in central London at Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1 5BJ on 24th June 2015.

The purpose of the Fordway 2015 Customer Forum is to listen to our customers to better understand the issues they are facing and inform them about industry developments. It's a great opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the issues that are important to all of us working in IT, as well as, sharing a variety of topical presentations from Fordway and guest speakers.

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Fordway shortlisted for 2015 Innovation and Excellence Awards

InnovationAwardlogoFordway is delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2015 Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The awards are made by Corporate LiveWire and have evolved from the well-established Corporate LiveWire Business Awards. They have been set up to recognise individuals, teams and organisations, regardless of size or location, for innovation, best practice, leadership, performance, sustainable development, CSR, employee satisfaction and customer service.

The judging panel will be reviewing shortlisted companies in February.

Fordway Announce New and Enhanced Cloud Services for G-Cloud 6

The Government has just launched G-Cloud 6, the sixth iteration of its cloud purchasing platform, and we’re delighted that all Fordway's core cloud service offerings have again been listed on the framework and are available through the UK Government's Digital Marketplace. 

For G-Cloud 6 we have introduced new services to help organisations manage and monitor their cloud environments and have also enhanced the majority of our Cloud Services, adding highly-secure services capable of managing OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE information.

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