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Bank Of England

POP wins Mitie GSO website

Facilities management and professional services giant Mitie have awarded the contract to develop its new Global Security Operations website to POP.

We will be working alongside Mitie internal teams to plan, map, design and develop the new website which will incorporate the company’s sophisticated security intelligence, consultancy and technology offerings, including its industry-leading Merlin software.

“Winning such a significant project in the height of the pandemic-related downturn is a massive boost and is testament to us continuing to deliver day-in-day-out to our clients since before lockdown.” — Nick Whyatt, MD

Mitie is the UK’s largest intelligence-led security operation with over 22,000 security officers employed, and 35,000 security systems maintained, clients include The Bank of England, Eurostar, IKEA and the Co-op.

Concerning the current Covid-19 pandemic, Mitie has developed pioneering products and services to help people and businesses return to work and public spaces. These include a range of thermal imaging technologies to detect people with elevated temperatures and a cleaning product, Citrox Protect, which is proven to combat Coronaviruses on surfaces for six months and is chemical-free, non-toxic and produced from all-natural materials.

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COVID-19 response statement

As the situation surrounding the spread of C-19 (Coronavirus) is changing rapidly, we want to make sure we are supporting our staff, clients’ and suppliers’ health and wellbeing first and foremost.

We will also now be conducting all meetings remotely where possible or rescheduling them if this is not practical or if time allows.

We are a primarily digital business and can move to home-based working with minimal disruption until the advice about self-isolation and being in larger groups of people changes. We believe this is the most responsible course of action for us based on current advice.

We will also now be conducting all meetings remotely where possible or rescheduling them if this is not practical or if time allows.

If you have a mobile number already for the person you wish to contact, please use this as the primary number to speak to someone. You can also contact us via the usual means; email, Slack, Skype or Google Hangout.

The business continuity plan for our hosting services is ISO 22301 Business Continuity accredited and will ensure they remain uninterrupted. It includes isolation for staff that have roles that dictate on-site working (such as data centre engineers) and built-in redundancy; this negates the risk of transfer from offices to data centres or vice versa.

As always, if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We wish you good health and a swift return to business as usual.

Nick Whyatt

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The Shard, London

POP wins Mitie PLC projects

POP has secured another blue-chip client already in 2020, Mitie PLC. The work includes planning, website design and development.

Headquartered in The Shard, Mitie employs around 50,000 people.

Headquartered in The Shard, Mitie is the UK’s leading facilities management and professional services company, employing around 50,000 people and serving clients such as the Bank Of England, Sky, Facebook and Eurostar. Services delivered range from security and healthcare to document management, assurance and risk management.

POP is now in its 12th year of business and has worked with clients of all sizes and sectors, from start-ups to some of the country’s most recognisable brands.

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Armstrong digital marketing win

POP wins Armstrong Account

POP has been successful in winning the Armstrong Ceiling Solutions pan-European digital marketing account.

The EMEA and Pacific Rim business has recently been acquired by Knauf in $330m sale, as Armstrong World Industries pursues an Americas-only strategy.

POP will be working alongside Armstrong to deliver digital marketing reporting tools as well as the creation and ongoing management of the company’s organic and paid digital marketing strategy and activity.

Armstrong has a 150-year history that has seen it grow into Europe’s leading manufacturer of mineral fibre ceiling systems; designing and making products specified in all environments from schools and workplaces to hotels and hospitals.

Aeroplane cabin

POP rebrands Orvec International

POP has been commissioned by Orvec International to work alongside the company to develop its new identity and produce websites for both Orvec and its medical sister brand Orvecare.

Orvec is a market leader in the design, supply and manufacture of woven and non-woven products to the airline, healthcare and hospitality sectors across the world and has manufacturing locations in the UK & China and distribution bases in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.

The company’s products are supplied worldwide to clients such a TUI, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, United Airlines and Emirates.

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New Magento 2 store for Northcore

POP are currently redeveloping the e-commerce website for long-standing client and col-water surfing brand, Northcore Europe. The new website is a multi-storefront, multi-currency Adobe Magento 2 project and will be used for both retail and trade customers in the UK, mainland Europe and the US.

Adobe Magento 2 is the perfect fit for a large, highly-functional e-commerce website such as this

The website will integrate with Northcore’s stock management systems as well as third-party resellers such as Amazon and eBay. Adobe Magento 2 is the perfect fit for a large, highly-functional e-commerce website such as this and is the latest in a wave(!) of new Magento projects POP has been commissioned for as the end of support for Magento 1 in June 2020 draws closer.

Northcore Europe produces technical accessories and hardware for the surf, board riding and adventure sports communities, as well as working with the best athletes and engaging with progressive film making, music, art and photography. The brand has a team of pro surfers and has recently added world champion Twiggy Baker (pictured) to their ranks.

Check out Northcore’s existing website and learn more about our work with them here.

Wrendale Designs Country Kitchen range

POP working with Wrendale Designs

POP has been commissioned to design and build the new international e-commerce website for Wrendale Designs, the company founded by artist Hannah Dale. Founded in 2012, Wrendale Designs has enjoyed meteoric growth, created a range by Royal Worcester and has most recently won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

The website will be created using Adobe Magento 2 and will be integrated with Wrendale Design’s custom stock management system

The project to create the new Wrendale Designs website includes the creation of 6 different storefronts: retail and trade storefronts for 3 separate international regions and is both multi-currency and multi-lingual. The website will be created using Adobe Magento 2 and will be integrated with Wrendale Design’s custom stock management system, itself managing multiple stock locations in Europe and the US.

POP will also be helping to rationalise and recategorise the product range that runs to approximately 5,000 SKUs to create the most user-friendly way of navigating such a large range and give a great user experience to retail customers buying small numbers of items, trade customers buying and bulk and for the content management team themselves.

Eco friendly web hosting - For The World

100% carbon neutral web hosting

Though we’re a small business, we still have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact where possible. One area we can do this is by migrating to a more eco-friendly web hosting set-up, so we are now using 100% carbon neutral data centres to host our websites and email for both ourselves and our clients.

Data centres worldwide are expected to generate 533 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020

At first glance, this might seem a small change, however, according to the Carbon Trust, data centres worldwide are expected to generate 533 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020, that’s roughly the equivalent of airline industry! So their impact is huge. You can rest assured though, if you host with POP, you won’t be contributing to this figure.

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Adobe Magento v.1 end of life June 2020

If you have an e-commerce site that uses Adobe Magento v.1, or you know someone that does, the time has come to plan for the move to Magento v.2.

Magento v.1 will receive only security patches (no quality updates) until June 2020 and then support will end. Most Magento sites are large, complex, highly-functional stores – such as our friends at Northcore Europe, so starting to implement a changeover strategy now will ensure the move can be made in a planned, structured way that maximises business continuity.

It should also be noted that there are non-PCI DSS compliance issues related to unsupported software

It should also be noted that there are non-PCI DSS compliance issues related to unsupported software and this could potentially leave your business exposed should there be a data breach or fraudulent activity.

POP are experienced at developing for Magento 2, from more straight-forward e-commerce projects, to large multi-store front, multi-currency websites, so if you or someone you know would like to know more about moving to Magento v.2 or to Adobe Magento from another e-commerce platform, please drop us an email and we will be happy to help.

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POP celebrates 11 years in business

This December POP officially turned 11-years old, launching the same year as the first iPhone, the year young people (questionably) wore scarves with T-shirts and the year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II pipped Queen Victoria to become the oldest ever monarch.

Many things have changed since 2007, however, the one thing we are always grateful for is the trust and support of our clients and suppliers; so a sincere thank you, we hope to still be working together in another 11 years.

As Massimo Vignelli said: “If you do it right, it will last forever”.

In the constantly evolving, sometimes faddish world of design, we are proud of the fact that the work above are still looks great today, despite some of it being a decade old.

We attribute the longevity of our work to our thorough approach and our aim to create work that is timeless, especially when it comes to identity. As Massimo Vignelli said: “If you do it right, it will last forever”.

What else happened in 2007? Here’s a few of the key events:

  • Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone, saving us all from a future of dull PDAs with little pointy sticks
  • Author J. K. Rowling finished the 7th and final Harry Potter novel, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, in room 552 of the Bamoral Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Nancy Pelosi was elected as the first female Speaker of the House in US history
  • Bulgaria and Romania officially joined the European Union
  • Blogging website Tumblr was founded by David Karp in New York
  • Coen brothers film ‘No Country for Old Men’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
  • Actress Helen Mirren won a Golden Globe for her role in The Queen
  • Veteran singer Rod Stewart married Penny Lancaster
  • Rihanna released her hit single ‘Umbrella’, it stayed for 7 weeks at No.1 on US Billboard Hot 100
  • Robbie Power riding Silver Birch won the 160th Grand National
  • Nicolas Sarkozy became the 23rd President of France
  • Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, was badly damaged by fire
  • Smoking was banned from public places in the UK
  • The first large scale exhibition of seminal Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s work in Mexico opened on the 100th anniversary of her birth
  • Gordon Brown became UK Prime Minister
  • The hashtag was invented and first used in a tweet by US product designer Chris Messina as a way of grouping information about a particular topic
  • AOL, once the largest internet service provider in the US, officially announced plans to refocus the company as an advertising business
  • Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe

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