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Passwords are a vital part of your IT security.

Please ensure that your passwords follow these guidelines:-

  1. Are a minimum of 8 characters in length
  2. Are made up from at least 3 of the 4 character groups – Uppercase letter, lowercase letter, number and special (!, “, £ etc.)
  3. Are NOT a normal word or sequence of numbers
  4. Are NEVER written down
  5. Are changed regularly
  6. Do not re-use a previous password
An example of how to choose a password would be to think of a phrase and use the first letter of each word.  This can be further complicated by the use of Uppercase and lowercase letters and transposing letters for numbers.

Last Updated: 2019.02.14

Email Care

It is vital that all employees exercise care when sending and receiving emails.

When sending emails please ensure that you are sending the email to the correct address. Also please ensure that you use Bcc when sending to multiple parties.
Email encryption is also good practice when sending ‘personal’ data especially if this data is sensitive i.e. related to health, criminal records etc. For more information on email encryption please contact dpo @
When receiving emails, even from known contacts, if the information is not expected or is not written in a manner you would expect please do not open any attachments that they contain.  If in doubt contact the original sender to ensure that the email is genuine.

Last Updated: 2018.12.12

Data Protection Is Important


Our very own GDPR Practitioner, Alan Craik, will be undertaking the 3 Peaks Challenge at the end of June to raise money for a cause close to his family's heart: The Alan Davidson Foundation.

The Foundation was founded in 2015 by artist and architect Alan Davidson who is Alan's brother-in-law. Alan kick-started the use of computers in architectural visualisation by creating the Hayes Davidson studio in 1989, and led the change to it becoming the first employee-owned studio of its kind in 2013. He remains a Director and Trustee of Hayes Davidson. When Alan was diagnosed with MND, he committed the majority of his estate to help others and to fund charitable causes through the Foundation.

6 of Alan's family members (and 2 drivers) have been training like mad (!) and are walking the three peaks (Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in 24 hours) for this wonderful Foundation. The money raised will go towards a range of causes, primarily MND care and research but also some other initiatives.

The link to the Just Giving page is

Your help would be greatly appreciated to help combat this debilitating disease. To give you a greater incentive one amazing individual has agreed to fund match any donations - this means that your donation will be doubled!

Last Updated: 2018.06.08