Data acquisition is on fire at Adept

Continuing its growth, Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) has taken on two new members of staff to support its expanding range of data acquisition products (DAQ).

Born in the Netherlands and raised in Portugal, Henrique da Silva will concentrate on DAQ sales and has a Masters in Electronics & Computer Engineering; knowledge he has been passing on by teaching students.  Along with his brother he founded a Portuguese company in 2001 dedicated to hardware/software development.  Having sold the company Henrique has swapped the warmth of Portugal for the cooler climes of North London.

Elizabeth Northrop (Lilly) will be concentrating on technical support and has an MEng in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University.  Her work placement while doing her Masters was as an Applications Engineer at National Instruments where she provided technical support and taught some of their two and three day courses.  In her spare time Lilly practices the martial arts Tai Chi & Wing Tsun and, as if that’s not enough, she has also acquired some circus skills including “fire arts”. 

Mike Pisapia, Managing Director, said, “We are always looking for new staff that can compliment our portfolio of products and really bring something to the team.  With Henrique’s hands-on experience of running his own successful company he is ideally placed to grow our DAQ sales.  Lilly brings a huge amount of knowledge and teaching experience to our team and we are particularly looking forward to her fire-eating act at our Christmas party.

“We are always interested to hear from dynamic, enthusiastic people who can contribute to our success and we are small enough for them to really make a difference and big enough to offer a great working environment where you can grow with us and have fun doing it!”

If you think you might be the right person to join our team email info@alfasoft.com.

With offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the World’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.  Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Sue Walton marks 20 years at Adept Scientific

They say life-long careers with the same company are a thing of the past, but Adept Scientific’s (Letchworth, Herts) longest-serving employee has proved the experts wrong.

On 1st March 2010, Sue Walton celebrated an amazing 20 years.  It’s a work partnership that has sailed through the seven year itch and lasted longer than the average marriage in the UK!

“Sue has been with us from the early days; she has seen everything and still stayed with us,” Paul Bragg, Managing Director, joked.  “Her loyalty and enthusiasm is as strong as it was 20 years ago and it certainly doesn’t seem that long – well, for us anyway…”

While staff turnover is higher than ever in the wider economy, Adept Scientific continues to buck the trend.  A 2008 Barclays Local Business survey showed that less than a third of small businesses had at least one employee who has worked for them for over ten years.  Adept Scientific can boast that more than 30 per cent of the team have been with the company for more than 10 years.  These long-standing members of the Adept family have been with the company through thick and thin, seen it grow and change, and contributed to its success.

Adept Scientific’s aim is to make it a great place to work.  The fact that people choose to stay so long means the company must be doing something right!

With offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Enjoying 25 years of hi-tech success

Technical software company Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) celebrates its 25th anniversary with pride in the past and confidence in the future.

A Letchworth, Herts, company that markets technical computer solutions for science, engineering and research is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month –and seems set on continuing to enjoy its success even in these tough economic times.

“We’ve been through several recessions before,” says Adept Scientific’s co-founder and Managing Director Paul Bragg, “and we’re fortunate to be largely immune to the worst effects.

“That’s because the software and hardware systems we’re selling for technical data analysis and management are not options, but essential, even mission-critical components of our customers’ enterprises. We supply the tools to help them increase productivity, improve the quality of their products and processes, and reduce their overall costs.

“Whatever the economic pressures, no organisation can afford to scrimp on those.”

Founded in 1984, Adept has grown from a couple of people working from home to the leading company in its field, employing more than 50 highly skilled professionals with fully-staffed offices in four countries and customers all over the world. And in the academic, business and technical world they operate in they’re known, not only for their efficiency and expertise, but as a team of people who enjoy what they’re doing and have fun doing it.

“I don’t like to boast,” continues Paul, “but hardly a week goes by without someone writing to or emailing me to thank us for our service, or praise a member of our staff for going that little bit further, doing that bit extra that makes all the difference. That’s how we keep our customers and I’m very, very proud of that.

“We may be high-tech, but we’re a people organisation. We love our work and we love to enjoy ourselves too.” Adept’s social and charitable events, usually involving outlandish costumes, are legendary in the Letchworth area!

With a global turnover of over £6 million, Adept Scientific serves a customer base that includes most of the World’s leading technology-based manufacturing corporations, the majority of universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Denmark, small and medium-sized businesses, government departments, local authorities, hospitals, charities and NGOs.
Because the solutions that customers buy from Adept tend to be absolutely essential to their business what matters to them most, according to Paul, is the level of support and back-up that suppliers like Adept give them.

“We’ve been around for 25 years and our customers know we’ll still be there when they need us. We’ve always invested in highly effective support systems and in personnel with a very high level of technical and professional expertise. So our customers see us as a long-term partner, always there for support, advice and ongoing development of their systems.”

So is the outlook still rosy for this thriving company?

“I hope I’ll still be around in another 25 years’ time,” says 55-year-old Paul. “But I’m sure that Adept will. There will always be a need for the type of products we supply and I’m equally sure that our brand of personal service and expertise will always be in demand.

“We’re still growing and still ambitious. I’m sure we’ve as many interesting and exciting times to come in the future as we’ve had in the past.”

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Growing despite the odds

Chris Denly
Chris Denly,
Sales Manager,
Maths and Simulation
Mick Chivers
Mick Chivers,
Warehouse Assistant

Despite the soaring unemployment figures, Adept Scientific plc (Letchworth, Herts) has taken on two new members of staff – one to a newly created position.

The position of Sales Manager, Maths and Simulation is new for Adept and Chris Denly has taken up the challenge.  An experienced sales professional specialising in IT based solutions, with a background in mathematical computing software, Chris has knowledge of mathematical modelling and simulation software and e–learning packages as well as the academic, corporate and research marketplaces.

Michael (Mick) Chivers takes over as part-time Warehouse Assistant, filling a vital role within the Adept team ensuring customers receive their orders in good time.  With broad business experience in areas including customer services, logistics and security Michael is a great asset to Adept.

“This is an exciting time to join Adept with many new developments in the technological software market keeping us at the forefront.  With so much going on Chris and Michael will compliment the existing team and help us to grow within this market,” Paul Bragg, Managing Director, commented.

“We’re always interested to hear from dynamic, enthusiastic people who can contribute to our success.  We’re small enough for you to really make a difference and big enough to offer a great working environment where you can grow with us and have fun doing it!”

If you think you might be the right person to join our team email info@alfasoft.com.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

High-tea at Adept Scientific

Once again Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) went all out to raise money on Jeans for Genes day (Friday 2nd October).

As well as wearing jeans to work, the Adept social club made things a little more exciting with bingo and a cream tea.  Home-baked scones were made by the more culinary skilled amongst us, with the more intrepid enjoying ‘afternoon tea’, including trifle, whilst playing bingo for the princely reward of a fun sized bag of chocolate.

Adept staff raised just over £100, which, as is the custom, was doubled by the Company.

“As always, it is important to us that we contribute to good causes and the recession is no excuse to renege on our responsibilities – especially where fun and food can be ingeniously incorporated,” Paul Bragg, Adept’s Managing Director commented.

“Not that we need much of an excuse to have fun at work but, Jeans for Genes is a hugely worthwhile charity that we’re pleased to have been able to support for many years now.”

Jeans for Genes provides much needed help, support and information for children and their families by investing in ground-breaking research to establish the causes of genetic conditions and how they can be treated.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.  Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Adept Scientific shines in the economic gloom

In these times of economic gloom, one Company, Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), is bucking the trend and actually taking on additional staff.

Since the recession began to bite in the middle of 2008, Adept has taken on an additional three staff within the Technical Support and Internal Sales teams.

First to join us was David Ingham as Technical Support Assistant.  He took the plunge with lots of training in his first two days on some of our key products.

David has a degree from the University of Portsmouth in Mathematics for Financial Markets and most recently worked at Vertex Financial Services.  He is a keen musician who is currently recording some of his acoustic pieces.  Having worked hard at University for four years, David took some time travelling around Australia, Thailand, Cambodia and India but, for the time being, he has packed his rucksack away.

Joe Beaumont followed swiftly on his heels and joined Adept as Technical Support Engineer.  Joe is a recent graduate in Multimedia Communications and has been working at Fujitsu and Kodak Practiceworks in technical support.  Outside work Joe has formed a Depeche Mode tribute band whose next gig is the Brighton Electrofest at the Brighton Komedia on Saturday 4th April.

Then came James Mayes as Internal Sales Consultant concentrating initially on the Thomson Reuters product range.  James has a BA in Business Studies from Southampton and spent the last year working for Wavecrest (a telecommunications company) as a Sales Analyst/Account Manager.  Before that he was at Capital Fireplaces in Henlow.  He is very active and apart from going to the gym enjoys golfing, snowboarding, tennis, scuba diving, swimming, cycling and 5-aside football.

Paul Bragg, Managing Director, commented: “We firmly believe that supplying technical software and hardware designed to let people perform tasks they were unable to do before, or allow them to speed up old processes by orders of magnitude, is vital in today’s competitive climate.  And this has to be backed up with a first-class Technical Support and Sales team.  David, Joe and James are valuable and welcome additions to our already strong team bringing with them a range of experience and knowledge.

“We are always interested to hear from dynamic, enthusiastic people who can contribute to our success and we are small enough for them to really make a difference and big enough to offer a great working environment where you can grow with us and have fun doing it!”

If you think you might be the right person to join our team email info@alfasoft.com.

Friday 13th March, unlucky for some but not at Adept

March 2009:  Red Nose Day is a big event at Adept Scientific and this year is no exception.

Despite the unlucky overtones Adept has planned a whole day of events for Friday 13th March all in aid of Comic Relief – not quite so unlucky for some then.

Staff are being encouraged to dress up for the day and there is some past evidence that Adept does love to do fancy dress!

The range of activities includes:

  • a Bring and Buy sale, with staff donating items;
  • a cake bake, the cooks among us get busy in the kitchen and bring cakes to sell to the less inspired;
  • a welly throwing competition;
  • the best moustache challenge – for the ladies too; and
  • ‘Who’s up for a laugh’ scratch-off poster.

All monies raised will go to Comic Relief for their Red Nose Day appeal which fund projects across the UK, Africa and some of the World’s poorest countries.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Recession – what recession?

At a time when the news is the harbinger of doom and everything looks gloomy, Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) bucks the trend and takes on new staff.

Nadia Razzaq and David Ingham have joined the Adept team as Internal Sales Consultant and Technical Support Assistant respectively.

Nadia has worked for Fujitsu and most recently The Lamp Company. Joining our sales team, Nadia will initially be working with our bibliographic referencing products before branching out into our SPC range.

David has a degree from the University of Portsmouth in Mathematics for Financial Markets and has most recently worked at Vertex Financial Services.

Paul Bragg, Managing Director, said: “It’s a really good feeling to be bucking the current trend with not only a very good month for sales last month but actually recruiting new team members too. Nadia and David bring the sales and technical support teams up to strength which will enable us to provide an even better service to our customers.

“We’re always interested to hear from dynamic, enthusiastic people who can contribute to our success. We’re small enough for you to really make a difference and big enough to offer a great working environment where you can grow with us and have fun doing it!”

If you think you might be the right person to join our team email info@alfasoft.com.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

Surak Perera applies himself to a new challenge

Adept Scientific plc (Letchworth, Herts) appoints Surak Perera as Applications Support Specialist.

Surak joins Adept having recently completed a MEng in Aerospace at Southampton University. His Masters project was to design and manufacture a thermal mass flowmeter for an experimental rocket engine’s fuel intake system.

Working initially on the popular Mathcad software, Surak will be extending his expertise to cover the full range of maths products offered by Adept.

Sri Lankan born Surak has spent much of his life in the UK and has just finished an extensive ‘tour’ of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. “I’ve always really wanted to visit the Islands and this seemed like the ideal opportunity before I get stuck into my new position with Adept,” Surak said.

Paul Bragg, Managing Director, commented: “Surak is a welcome addition to our technical support team and has a lot to offer both our customers and Adept. His extensive experience and knowledge of applied mathematics is exactly what we need for this very technical product range.

“We’re always interested to hear from dynamic, enthusiastic people who can contribute to our success. We’re small enough for you to really make a difference and big enough to offer a great working environment where you can grow with us and have fun doing it!”

If you think you might be the right person to join our team email info@alfasoft.com.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

Adeptly cutting the edge of parental concerns

By day Adept Scientific plc’s (Letchworth, Herts) Warehouse Co-ordinator – by night a TV star. Steve Wright is set to get his five minutes of fame on Channel 4’s Cutting Edge programme at 9pm on Thursday 10th April.

Steve and his family – Sam, Harry and Lilly – have had a film crew at their home since before Christmas. They agreed to take part in a documentary being made by Princess Productions about parents’ anxieties for their children in today’s society.

Steve says: “The programme is part of the Cutting Edge documentary series. We are not the only family taking part and I am sure that it will create some interesting discussions amongst parents!”

You can also see a full page article on Steve and his family appearing in this week’s TV Times magazine.

Let’s hope his new found-fame won’t turn his head!

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