Author: Paul McGinnity

Jobs and investment boost for Thames region as Freeport gets green light

High-quality jobs and much-needed investment for the Thames Estuary region have been unlocked, as the Thames Freeport receives final government sign off.

The Freeport will now receive up to £25 million seed funding from government and
potentially hundreds of millions in locally retained business rates to drive growth in the UK’s
advanced manufacturing, biomanufacturing, logistics, and low carbon industries.

It will help drive investment into sectors including automated and electric vehicles,
renewable energy and battery storage, generating thousands of jobs and boosting the local

Read more about the Thames Freeport

CEME secures Cyber Essentials recertification

Ceme is delighted to have passed Cyber Essentials recertification for 2023.

Simply being certified can reduce a business’s cyber risk by up to 98.5%. And defending ourselves against data breaches reiterates to our customers and partners that we take cybersecurity seriously.

The Cyber Essentials framework has been designed as a strong security baseline for every business in every industry, mapping against five technical controls:

  • Access control
  • Firewalls and routers
  • Malware protection
  • Secure configuration
  • Software updates.

Head of IT Chris George said: “In today’s digital age, cyber security has become an essential component of any organisation’s operations. With the growing threat of cyber attacks, it is critical for businesses to ensure they have the necessary measures in place to protect their systems and data from potential breaches. The way CEME has done this is by obtaining the Cyber Essentials certification.

“This will be the fifth consecutive year that CEME has obtained Cyber Essentials Certification. It is a way for CEME to monitor and benchmark our internal IT performance against industry standards which change in relation to the emerging cyber threat landscape. Over the last five years we have seen much more emphasis on password complexity and management, MFA and 2FA, and the security of cloud services – all topics that CEME has done lots of work on over the years.”

Our certification has been awarded by Cybersmart, the UK’s leading provider of Cyber

Essentials certification, overseen by the IASME Consortium Ltd.