Cambridge, UK – 7th May 2019 – UK-based engineering and design consultancy, Plextek is launching a new innovation business unit called Ignite Exponential, to help established companies compete with agile and fast moving start-ups that are driving new disruptive technologies.

Ignite Exponential (IEX) aims to bridge the innovation gap faced by market-leading businesses struggling to stay ahead and meet changing customer expectations in a climate of unprecedented uncertainty and aggressive competition. In particular, the rise of new technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are dissolving the barriers to entry, enabling the rapid introducton of new product and service offerings and challenging existing business models.

Ignite Exponential will build on the 30 years’ experience Plextek has working at the leading-edge of advanced technologies to help its partners navigate this changing landscape, through strategic innovation, future-focussed marketing, human-centric design and enabling technology.

Alan Cucknell, who has been appointed to head up Ignite Exponential, summarises how IEX will bring a new approach to innovation:

“I’ve spent my career helping global companies to innovate and seen how trying to create non-standard solutions to strategically important problems can lead companies to adopt standard processes, which can lead to standard results! There is no silver bullet for strategic innovation in these increasingly complex times and it is too important to outsource. Instead, we will look to create hybrid, collaborative and cross-functional approaches that harness combined skillsets, tools and experience and help to build internal ownership”.

Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential, leading an innovation workshop at Cambridge Network Job Fair
Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential, leading an innovation workshop at Cambridge Network Job Fair 2019 (source: www.igniteexponential.com)

Nicholas Hill, CEO of Plextek adds:

“Front end innovation requires different mindsets, skills, processes and tools to downstream engineering. That’s why Ignite Exponential draws on the specialist development processes, systems and capabilities that Plextek is well known for, to create a distinct offering – a front end innovation partner that is agile, multi-disciplined and experienced. While the units will work closely together, the teams, systems, environment and culture are independent, to focus on maximising the impact of our work.”

Together, Ignite Exponential and Plextek will be able to partner with clients from defining innovation strategy through designing purposeful business models, platform and product solutions to developing final products and manufacturing to market.

An alternative is for established players to innovate through acquisition, but this can lead to paying over the odds and result in costly mistakes. “More than ever, innovation will determine the success or failure of established companies over the next decade – it is too important to be left to chance” says Alan Cucknell.

For more information about Ignite Exponential and how they are helping partners navigate this new complex landscape, please visit www.igniteexponential.com

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About Ignite Exponential
Based near Cambridge, UK, Ignite Exponential (IEX) is a multi-disciplinary team which helps established businesses grow strategically in the face of the unprecedented uncertainty and aggressive competition. IEX brings together an unusual combination of hands-on capabilities in developing cutting edge with an expertise and track record in strategic innovation and disruptive design.

For more information, call us on: +44 (0) 1799 533 345 or email: hello@igniteexponential.com or visit: www.igniteexponential.com

 

About Plextek
Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

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EW BrightSpark, James Henderson features in Electronic Weekly showing his progression over the past year of his career.

“It’s great to hear how EW BrightSparks are continuing to progress in the world of electronics, and James Henderson of Plextek has updated us with a project developing an electronically-scanned radar unit operating at mm-wave frequencies”

Nicholas Hill, CEO, Plextek summarises: “BrightSparks is a fantastic way to show your employees’ work is valued. It’s so important to get young people enthusiastic about their engineering careers and award recognition is a great motivational boost. The BrightSparks award last year won by James Henderson was well deserved and he has continued to shape his engineering career by contributing to key company projects here at Plextek.”

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Cambridge, UK – 10th January 2019 – Electronics and technology consultancy, Plextek joins a select list of private research organisations to receive CIR accreditation after approval from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

The French R&D tax credit initiative, ‘Crédit d’Impôt Recherche’ (CIR), is a tax relief measure for companies focused on research and development. Companies based in France can benefit from a tax credit of 30% of the total amount of research and development expenditure when work is committed to Plextek.

Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical & Healthcare commented: “We are delighted to receive this accreditation, that both recognises Plextek as a provider of innovative research services and also allows our customers in France to benefit from up to 30% tax relief on their R&D expenditure”

This accreditation underlines Plextek’s commitment to research and innovation on a Global scale. We are proud to be able to serve our French customers better through achieving CIR.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For more information call us on 01799 533200 or email: press@plextek.com

Cambridge, UK – 24th October 2017 – Design and innovation company, Plextek is pleased to announce that they are joining TCCA, the global representative organisation for critical communications.

“We are delighted to be joining TCCA at this very exciting time. The need for a standards-based approach to developing next-generation solutions for mission-critical push-to-talk, data and video has never been clearer” said Nick Koiza, Head of Business Development, Security at Plextek. “Plextek fully supports the work of TCCA and we look forward to best serving the needs of our customers in this area.”

Plextek is actively engaged in the development of solutions for both Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and digital Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) communications. Demonstrating a proven track record across these areas and continued commitment to the deployment of solutions utilising both TETRA and mobile broadband technologies, Plextek is focused on a rapidly evolving global critical communications market.

“The success of TETRA critical communications is based on its open standard and collaborative community,” said Tony Gray, TCCA Chief Executive. “We are working to ensure that critical broadband delivers the same strengths and competitive advantages. We are very pleased to welcome Plextek as a TCCA member, and look forward to benefiting from their skills and insights.”

TCCA works to ensure the best possible mission- and business-critical services for end users. From ensuring the ongoing development of the TETRA standard to advancing the development of mission-critical broadband, TCCA and its 150+ members enhance, protect, promote and progress critical communications worldwide. TCCA is a 3GPP Market Representation Partner, a member of the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) initiative, and delivers the Critical Communications Events series.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For more information call us on 01799 533200 or email: press@plextek.com

About TCCA

TCCA represents all standard mobile critical communications technologies and complementary applications. Our Members are drawn from end users, operators and industry across the globe. We believe in and promote the principle of open and competitive markets worldwide through the use of open standards and harmonised spectrum. For more information, please visit: www.tandcca.com

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Cambridge, UK – 10th March 2017 – Design and innovation consultancy, Plextek have achieved the Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation from independent certifying body, IASME.

The Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation is an industry recognised and audited certification that highlights our capability in ensuring that essential cyber protection precautions are being undertaken.

As an integral part of the accreditation, Plextek met stringent standards that tested key aspects of its IT infrastructure. These standards measured: Secure Configuration, Firewall Competence, Internal and External Penetration Management and Operating System Patch and Risk Management.

John Barker, IT Manager commented: “Having been early adopters of the Cyber Essentials Certification, we were keen to implement the more thorough procedures required to achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus. This natural progression shows our ongoing commitment to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our own and our clients’ information.”

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For more information call us on 01799 533200 or email: press@plextek.com