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With expansion plans to double the headcount in Woking over the next 3 years, Invotra needed more space and better facilities to achieve this. They were delighted when Jonathan Lord MP agreed to officially open the new office last Friday. In his speech, Jonathan spoke about his meeting with the company at the House of Commons in 2010, which kick started the development of the platform which became known as Invotra. He also talked about Invotra’s commitment to developing local talent and skills; a third of the workforce have come through the Government's apprenticeship scheme.
The software company celebrated their 10th anniversary last year. They started in a garage in Knaphill in 2004, so it was a very proud moment for CEO & Founder, Fintan Galvin, when they moved into Chertsey House this month, "This is another key milestone in our companies history. It’s exciting to think, what this office move will do for the productivity, innovation and ultimately the future growth of the company. The apprenticeship scheme has been a huge success. Without the dedication and commitment of the team we wouldn’t have won projects with the Home Office, HMRC and DWP and got where we are today."
After the ribbon cutting guests and staff were invited into the new office for a tour. The guest list included local business people, civil servants and clients.
Invotra has developed an open-source intranet which is currently being used by 1 in 5 government employees.
Jonathan Lord recently chaired two successful Flood Forum meetings in Pirbright and in Normandy. These fora bring together all the relevant Borough, Parish and County Councils and the other relevant utility companies, agencies and landowners. They also give Parish Councillors and local residents the opportunity to raise individual issues and to point out problem areas. At each meeting there is a long list of immediate action points such as the clearing of particular ditches and drains but the fora have also been instrumental in getting major research studies commissioned that will shape future flood defence work for the villages.
Left to Right in picture: Brent Shirley - GBC Engineer, Jonathan Gasson - MOD, John Wilsher - Surrey Wildlife Trust, Marcus Turley - Heathland Manager, Jonathan Lord MP, Cllr Gordon Jackson -Guildford Borough Council , Cllr Rhoda Nevins - Chairman Pirbright Parish Council,Â Cllr Elaine Eason - Pirbright Parish Council, Lindsay Graham - Pirbright Parish Council Clerk.
Jonathan Lord joined the Mayor of Woking Cllr Tony Branagan, Chairman of Trustees for The Lightbox Aileen McLeish and Director of The Lightbox Marilyn Scott in attending the opening of a new display in the ‘Woking’s Story’ museum at The Lightbox in Woking.
This display celebrates the contribution over the centuries the Christian church has made to the Woking community. The display also shows what the 30 or so churches get up to today; in addition to being fellowships to worship God, they also provide debt and family counselling, foodbanks, Street Angels, youth services, housing, furniture and much more assistance to the wider Woking community.
The display was financed by Churches Together in Woking; it includes a video in which two teenagers take the viewer on a tour of the town’s Christian activities. There is also a map which children can use to press a button to illuminate the location of a church near their home. Further panels describe Woking Christian churches history since the first millennium (with a display case showing some ancient artefacts) and an attractively designed and lit window which briefly states Christian belief.
‘Woking’s Story’ is free entry to all and as well as the new church display, it explores the history of Woking. Also currently on display at The Lightbox is ‘The Horse at War: 1914 – 1918’ (until 1 March 2015) and ‘The Surrey Open Photographic Exhibition’ (until 12 April 2015)).
The Lightbox is open from Tuesdays to Saturday (10.30am – 5.00pm) and Sundays (11.00am – 5.00pm).
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