Newcastle ICT firm Calibre Secured Networks pursues expansion

Calibre Secured Networks Ltd, which is aiming to double turnover for the next three years in a row, has made several key appointments to support expansion in 2014

From left, Paul Nelson, Marcus Watson, Steve Nelson, Karen Nelson, Karly Appleby, John Burnikell, Sam Thompson and Shaun Phillips of Callibre
From left, Paul Nelson, Marcus Watson, Steve Nelson, Karen Nelson, Karly Appleby, John Burnikell, Sam Thompson and Shaun Phillips of Callibre

A Newcastle ICT services firm aiming to double turnover for the next three years in a row has made several key appointments to support expansion in 2014.

Calibre Secured Networks Ltd has brought in John Burnikell to provide server platform expertise while Karly Appleby secured her first full-time job, working in administration and accounts as she undergoes full auditor training.

The firm also expects to recruit two more people for its technical team within the next three months.

The move comes as the Charlotte Square-based business gears up for expansion. It represents the latest success for the fast-growing firm, which uses advanced technology and software systems to develop bespoke ICT solutions with security built from the ground up, working to protect email, IT and internet equipment, Voice over IP and other services from cyber attacks.

The company works across the UK and Europe for clients in the enterprise, SME, education and local government sectors and is well advanced in delivering a major new cloud-based network and data storage system at Sunderland’s St Aidan’s Catholic Academy.

Calibre has achieved significant growth in the last few years in a highly competitive market, doubling turnover in 2012/13, and now wants to do the same year-on-year over the next three years through investing in new talent and pursuing new opportunities.

Burnikell and Appleby will be working closely to support the rest of the Calibre team, which includes managing director Karen Nelson, technical director, Shaun Phillips, and technical operations director Steve Nelson, who is a Certified Ethical Hacker, an Offensive Security Professional and one of only 1,000 or so Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts, holding two coveted accreditations for over 10 years.

Karen Nelson said the firm will benefit from additional resources and skills as the economy continues to improve, confidence returns and more organisations are look at upgrading or purchasing new ICT equipment.

“The future is exciting for us and we are busier now than ever before,” she said.

“We are going for growth, so I’m delighted to welcome John and Karly, who will be a huge asset to both the management team and our customers in 2014.

“Over the next 12 months, we will look to support the existing talent within the team while continuing to encourage and nurture a new generation of young, highly skilled people within the firm and the wider industry.”

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