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Code Galaxy partner with NWL Chamber to empower business women

1 March 2024

Businesswomen throughout Lancashire have been encouraged to persist in breaking down barriers following two inspirational speeches at the Women Mean Business event.

The event saw over a hundred participants gather to listen to Mims Davies MP, Minister for Work, Health and Disabled People, and Liz Taylor, a notable figure in the events and hospitality industry. Both shared personal anecdotes about their paths to success, highlighting the hurdles they’ve faced and their unwavering resolve to excel.

Hosted by the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with Code Galaxy, the gathering took place at Stanley House in Mellor and marks the beginning of a series of events scheduled for this year.

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Davies, a Conservative MP, shared her pride in being the 380th female member of Parliament, acknowledging that there’s still progress to be made.

She emphasised: “Empowering women and supporting equality in the workplace is not just a goal—it’s a necessity. There are many barriers we still have to overcome but we are all on this journey together.

“Our amazing ability to juggle the work-life balance and take the opportunities presented to us is growing.

“There are two million more people in the workplace than in 2010 and more over-50s in the labour market than ever. No matter what your background, we continue to smash that glass ceiling so let’s carry on doing just that.”

Liz Taylor, whose clientele includes well-known personalities like Gary Barlow, Peter Kay, and the Prince of Wales, reflected on her ascent in the global hospitality sector, from juggling various jobs to achieving widespread recognition.

Her advice to the audience was: “If I could give you one piece of advice it would to be enjoy the journey and take the opportunities. Be determined to succeed as there is no recipe for success, you have to go out there and earn it.

“We can never fail, failure does not come into it, only determination to succeed does. Be seen, be remembered, always show up and never be the cheapest… be the best”.

Jane Cole, President of the Chamber, inaugurated the event and reiterated the sentiments of the keynote speakers.

Mary Speakman, Code Galaxy’s Managing Director and co-founder, remarked: “The event was not only inspirational but also received phenomenal feedback from attendees, some of whom described it as the best event they’ve ever attended.”

“To witness the stories of these two remarkable women was extraordinary, yet they remind us that much remains to be done to secure workplace equality.”

Babs Murphy, the Chamber’s chief executive, concluded: “This event shows the commitment and dedication of businesswomen across Lancashire. Stories of inspiration and the determination to succeed is what makes this county stand out and the journey these women are on will inspire the generations to come.”

Graduating from Oxford University with Goldman Sachs

24 January 2024

In a testament to the unwavering commitment to growth, education, and entrepreneurship, we are thrilled to share the inspiring news that our very own Managing Director, Mary Speakman has recently graduated from the prestigious Oxford University. This achievement is not only a personal milestone but a reflection of the incredible journey fueled by dedication, continuous learning, and the invaluable support received from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme.

The Power of Education and Entrepreneurship

Mary’s journey to Oxford University is a story of passion, resilience, and the pursuit of knowledge. Recognising the transformative impact that education can have on professional growth, our leader embarked on a mission to further enhance their skills and perspectives in the dynamic field of software development.

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

Central to this remarkable achievement is the support received from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme. This initiative, designed to empower small business leaders, provided our MD with a unique opportunity to access world-class education, business support, and networking opportunities.

Key Highlights of the Programme

  1. Comprehensive Business Education: The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme offered a tailored curriculum crafted to address the specific needs of small business leaders. Covering topics ranging from finance and leadership to strategic planning, the program provided Code Galaxy with a holistic understanding of business operations.
  2. Mentorship and Networking: The program facilitated invaluable networking opportunities, connecting Code Galaxy with a diverse cohort of fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders. The exchange of ideas, experiences, and insights fostered a collaborative environment and contributed to the development of a strong support network.
  3. Access to Expert Resources: By participating in the programme, our Code Galaxy gained access to a wealth of expert resources and industry knowledge. This exposure to cutting-edge practices and perspectives enriched their understanding of the software development landscape and contributed to the continued success of our company.

A Bright Future for Our Software Development Company

As we celebrate this significant achievement, we are confident that our newfound insights and skills will propel our software development company to even greater heights. The intersection of education, entrepreneurship, and strategic support from programs like Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses exemplifies our commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.

In closing, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to our Managing Director, Mary Speakman for this extraordinary accomplishment, and to Goldman Sachs for this remarkable opportunity to learn amongst the world’s best business leaders. We are excited about the future possibilities that this achievement unlocks for our company, and we look forward to continuing to deliver innovative, top-notch software solutions to our valued clients.

Here’s to education, growth, and the limitless potential of business!

Proud to be Cyber Essentials Certified

14 January 2024

In an era where digital threats loom large, ensuring the security of sensitive information is paramount for businesses and organisations. We are thrilled to announce that our bespoke software agency, nestled in the heart of Lancashire, has achieved a significant milestone by attaining Cyber Essentials certification for another year! This certification underscores our commitment to fortifying our clients’ digital landscapes against cyber threats and signifies our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of cybersecurity.

Understanding Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed certification scheme designed to help organisations guard against common cyber threats. It sets out a baseline of security controls that, when properly implemented, can protect against prevalent cyber threats and enhance overall cybersecurity posture. By achieving Cyber Essentials certification, our agency has demonstrated its commitment to cybersecurity best practices and ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our clients’ data.

The Importance of Cybersecurity in Software Development

As a bespoke software agency, our core mission is to craft tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of our clients. In the digital landscape, security is a non-negotiable aspect of our development process. Cybersecurity in software development extends beyond just protecting the end product; it involves safeguarding the entire development lifecycle, from conception to deployment.

Key Benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification

1. Customer Trust and Confidence

Achieving Cyber Essentials certification reinforces our dedication to security, instilling confidence in our clients and partners. It assures them that we take the necessary steps to protect their data and uphold the highest cybersecurity standards.

2. Mitigating Cyber Risks

Cyber Essentials certification involves implementing key security controls that significantly reduce the risk of common cyber threats. By adhering to these controls, we proactively mitigate potential vulnerabilities and safeguard our systems and the software we develop.

3. Legal and Regulatory Compliance

In an environment where data protection regulations are becoming more stringent, Cyber Essentials certification ensures that our agency complies with legal and regulatory requirements. This not only protects our clients but also positions us as a responsible and trustworthy partner in the digital landscape.

4. Continuous Improvement

Cyber Essentials is not a one-time achievement; it signifies our commitment to continuous improvement in cybersecurity practices. We actively engage in ongoing assessments and reviews to stay ahead of emerging threats and evolving best practices.

Our Pledge for a Secure Digital Future

Attaining Cyber Essentials certification is not the end of our cybersecurity journey; it marks a new beginning. Our bespoke software agency in Lancashire is unwavering in its commitment to providing secure, innovative, and tailored solutions to our clients. We recognise that in an interconnected world, cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and we are dedicated to being at the forefront of safeguarding digital landscapes.

In embracing Cyber Essentials, we reaffirm our promise to deliver bespoke software solutions that not only meet the unique requirements of our clients but also adhere to the highest cybersecurity standards. Our team is excited about the opportunities this certification brings, and we look forward to the continued trust and collaboration with our valued clients in Lancashire and beyond. Together, let’s navigate the digital future securely and confidently!

Code Galaxy Engages in Lancashire Scaleup Roundtable

10 January 2024

It was an honor for Code Galaxy, Lancashire’s leading software development agency, to participate in a pivotal scaleup roundtable organised by Lancashire County Council’s Two Zero at County Hall.

This marked a significant moment in our ongoing journey of scaling up our operations in this vibrant region.

The roundtable provided a platform for candid discussions among influential figures in Lancashire’s business community, including our team at Code Galaxy. We delved into the real challenges faced by businesses like ours—specifically, the need for skilled talent, effective leadership strategies, and improved access to finance.

As a company navigating the exciting path of growth, these discussions hit close to home. The acknowledgment of these challenges at a county-wide level demonstrated a shared commitment to addressing the unique needs of businesses in Lancashire. The emphasis on collaboration between the public and private sectors resonated with our vision for sustainable growth.

The recently announced devolution deal, granting Lancashire greater autonomy over its decisions and funding, adds an extra layer of importance to our scaling journey.

We recognise the potential impact of this empowerment on businesses like Code Galaxy, fostering an environment conducive to growth and innovation.

We extend our gratitude to Two Zero, Boost Lancashire, and other key partners in Lancashire who have been instrumental in providing support and fostering a collaborative ecosystem for businesses like ours. The ongoing development of a county-wide scaleup strategy aligns seamlessly with our aspirations for the future.

Looking ahead, Code Galaxy is excited about the opportunity to contribute to Lancashire’s transformation into a hub for thriving and innovative businesses. The commitment to collaboration, coupled with the development of a strategic playbook, underscores our shared vision for Lancashire—a region where businesses can scale effectively, supported by a dynamic and collaborative business ecosystem.

In just a few short years, we’ve witnessed Lancashire’s rapid progress in recognising the significance of scaleups and the need for tailored support.

As we collectively work towards making Lancashire a powerhouse for scaleup businesses, Code Galaxy remains dedicated to playing our part in shaping the dynamic and forward-thinking business landscape of this remarkable region.

Code Galaxy are BIBAs 2022 Finalists

5 July 2022

Code Galaxy has secured a finalist spot for the BIBAs 2022 awards in the Digital & Marketing category.

The one they all want to win!

If you’re a business in Lancashire, no doubt you will have heard of the BIBAs. It is the biggest and most influential Lancashire business award of the year. Hosted by the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, the BIBAs is a celebration of some of the most exciting companies and entrepreneurs based in Lancashire.

We are delighted to share with you that Code Galaxy is a finalist for the Digital & Marketing category for this prestigious award.

About Code Galaxy

Code Galaxy is a leading website, software and app development company based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Despite working with clients all over the globe, a huge proportion of our client base is in the North West, England; where we have built up a strong reputation as being one of Lancashire’s leading software development agencies.

The BIBAs Process

The process is transparent and rigorous, with a team of judges fairly scoring each business up for an award. There is a two-step process to become a BIBAs Finalist. Step one is to create a strong application to demonstrate excellence in business. The second step is an interview with a board of judges. Code Galaxy has completed both of these steps, which has earned the company a place on the finalist board.

Award Winning

The BIBAs’ awards ceremony is one of the top social occasions in Lancashire’s business calendar. It is an awards ceremony not to be missed. This year, the awards evening will take place on 16th September 2022 at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. All of the winners will be announced live at this ceremony. The team at Code Galaxy is delighted to have made it into the finals, and can’t wait to celebrate with fellow Lancashire businesses.

Book your tickets

If you would like to join the celebrations, book your BIBA tickets now. We would love to celebrate the evening with you!

Code Galaxy design bespoke website for Blackpool charity Hug in a Bag

29 June 2022

Web developers Code Galaxy have designed and developed a new website for Blackpool based charity, Hug in a Bag to promote its work and events. Hug stands for help, understanding and glamour.

The aim of the charity is to give a hug to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer within the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde area. The hug comes in the form of a bag containing gifts and information leaflets. Contents of the bag include luxurious toiletries, stationery, a pashmina, cushion, a candle and a travel bag.

Code Galaxy were asked to design a bespoke website to help increase awareness of the charity’s work and its events such as the upcoming Hug in a Bag Ball on 9th July. The new Hug in a Bag events page can be found here: https://www.huginabagblackpool.co.uk/events .

Using the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) platform, Code Galaxy created a website that is easy to navigate with clear information about the charity and the support it offers breast cancer patients. With fundraising and support pages, the website gives the charity increased accessibility and a professional platform to promote its work.

Director of Code Galaxy, Mary Speakman, said: “It’s been a pleasure to offer our services to such a worthwhile local charity. The improved platform will extend the charity’s reach and promote the excellent support it provides for people diagnosed with breast cancer in the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde areas. We love what the charity does. Providing comfort and luxurious products at a difficult time is a unique way of providing support and care, and we’re proud to have been involved in this project.”

Co-Chairs Debby and Jacqueline said: “Mary and Nicky from Code Galaxy have been invaluable in setting up our new website. They both understood the charity’s ethos and mission from the start. We love the website and hope that this will enable us to spread the word that everyone diagnosed with breast cancer, both women and men are entitled to this gift, they just need to get in touch. Code Galaxy has provided the charity with wide ranging support, and we look forward to a happy and successful relationship with them.”

Code Galaxy renews sponsorship with Clifton Rangers

27 June 2022

Code Galaxy, sponsor of Clifton Rangers U13 girls for the past two years has renewed its sponsorship deal for a further two years.

For the past two years, it has been a pleasure for Code Galaxy to sponsor the Clifton Rangers U13 Girls.

In 2022, the team were unbeatable all season, ending the year on a high by winning the Coulton U13 Plate Final.

Clifton Rangers is a FA Charter Standard Development Football Club, which was founded in 1977. In Lancashire, they are well known for being providers of junior, youth and adult football for boys and girls in the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde area. One of the reasons why Code Galaxy first became a sponsor, was down to the club’s ethos of developing children to the best of their ability. The club encourages fun, making friends and becoming part of the team.

Director of Code Galaxy, Nicky Speakman, said: “We are very proud of the girls and their journey over the past couple of years. Their passion to develop their skills and become their very best has been incredible to witness. At Code Galaxy, we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing this sponsorship for the next two years. Seeing the girls grow and develop together, makes it worth it!”

If you are interested in sponsoring a team too, or if you have a child that would like to join a team, visit the Clifton Rangers website for more information.