International cyber security business expands at Bicester Innovation Centre
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Oxfordshire cyber security business, VoIP.co.uk, has expanded at Bicester Innovation Centre for the fifth time in ten years following significant growth in the UK and Europe due to the success of its award-winning encryption technology, designed to prevent telephone hacking.
Irrespective of size, most businesses communicate confidential information on a regular basis about their customers, employees, products, research and financial status, using unprotected VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol).
Bicester business, VoIP.co.uk, has developed an award-winning solution, SIP Encrypt, to safeguard sensitive information from dangerous cyber hackers, the success of which has led to business expansion in the UK and Denmark.
This year will see the formation of a group of companies; further strengthening VoIP.co.uk’s position across Europe with Bicester Innovation Centre becoming its European headquarters.
Adam Crisp, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of VoIP.co.uk explains: “Information or ‘cyber security’ is a serious issue and many businesses are only beginning to truly appreciate how easy it is for a hacker to access sensitive information. We are now working with a range of businesses from solicitors and accountants through to medical organisations, all of whom handle highly confidential information on a daily basis which needs protecting. VoIP.co.uk has taken an additional 339 sq. ft. office at Bicester Innovation Centre, its fifth office since moving to the centre in 2004. The company now occupies a total of 784 sq. ft. employing 12 people in the UK, and is set to recruit a further seven sales managers in 2014.
Adam Crisp continues: “We have been able to grow the business within the centre at a time that’s right for us. Having a professional office base with access to meeting rooms has been particularly useful for our Partner training programme, which involves employees from up to 180 UK businesses visiting the centre to learn about our product. This is vital for our sales process and the centre team has consistently delivered in helping us to provide a professional service to our guests.”
Managed by Oxford Innovation, a leading operator of business and innovation centres, Bicester Innovation Centre provides businesses with the flexibility to upscale or downsize office space with just a month’s notice in addition to removing the headaches of maintaining a building and general office services. The company also provides innovation services to entrepreneurs, including business planning advice, fund raising, coaching and mentoring. For more information: www.oxin-centres.co.uk
Tom Hanney, Centre Manager, Bicester Innovation Centre, said: “We have a diverse range of businesses at the centre and VoIP.co.uk is a perfect example of a company who has made use of our facilities to enable significant growth. The company started with a virtual office service ten years ago and the team’s success demonstrates how our flexible approach and services can help a business to focus on developing its true potential. We look forward to following VoIP.co.uk’s continued growth and meeting new members of the team later this year.”
Bicester Innovation Centre is a facility created to support local start-ups and growing companies, by offering professional office space solutions in flexible and supportive packages. It is part of a network of centres managed by Oxford Innovation. Bicester Innovation Centre has just over 9,000 sq. ft. of office space ranging from 93 sq. ft. to 822 sq. ft. across two floors with a selection of conference and meeting room facilities and ample parking. For more information about Bicester Innovation Centre, please visit www.bicester-ic.co.uk