No-one needs reminding that 2020 has been an extremely difficult - and in many cases tragic - year.
Inzpire's employees started working from home on Monday 16th March. Several weeks before, our support services team had proactively predicted that a spell of homeworking was likely to occur and Monday 16th March had actually been set aside as a 'test day', where everyone in the company would work from home to ensure the IT infratructure could withstand everyone logging on from all corners of the country. Little did we know that that afternoon, Matt Hancock would declare that all unnecessary social contact should stop and that those who could work from home, must do so.
Far from being a test event "just incase", Monday 16th March actually became the first day of the strangest 9 months (and counting) of many of our lives. However, throughout the pandemic Inzpire has been extemely lucky in the sense that no-one has been furloughed, and no-one has had their working hours cut. For many of the team, work became a focal point (even more so than usual), a hint of normality in a world where nothing else felt normal. Meetings on Zoom and Teams, with dogs barking in the background and toddlers gatrecrashing the AOB section provided much-needed light relief, when ordinarily many of us would admit that meetings sometimes get in the way of day-to-day work! Traditional Inzpire Thursday nights out were replaced with weekly online quizzes - beer in hand, of course - and the company settled in to a routine of less time on the road, and more time in our kitchens/living rooms/garden sheds.
Despite everything that 2020 has thrown at us, Inzpire has remained strong with the task of delivering the best possible service to our customers remaining paramount, regardless of the location from which we have been working from. It has been an exceptionally busy year in many ways; and to demonstrate, here (in no particular order) - are some of the stats and facts of Inzpire's 2020!
Overall, Inzpire has signed just shy of 60 new contracts in 2020.
Our mission systems team has completed 517 review and approval forms across all projects since Monday 16 March. This time-consuming and complex process involves a team of reviewers within the division and is applied to all areas of mission systems' testing work every time an update is made to a document or product.
Our GECO Mission Support System is constantly reviewed, with new capabilities added regularly according to customer requirements.
Throughout 2020, Inzpire had active business development campaigns running in 29 different countries.
1200 participants enrolled on the Fundamentals of Defence Intelligence course designed and delivered by Inzpire in support of the Defence Intelligence Training Group (both online and classroom-based).
Inzpire's training experts delivered the company’s Military Use of Space Capabilities course to 42 NATO personnel from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. The students came from 6 countries: the UK, US, Netherlands, Turkey, Germany and France.
Our ISR team has signed 7 new contracts; delivered 6 courses to 78 students from 5 different countries; spent 98 days delivering training abroad; 78 days based in the UK supporting trials and exercises (many of which required us to be 'dialled in' to other countries!), and somehow still managed to provide 44 days of Reservist support to the UK Armed Forces.
Inzpire has run 34 recruitment campaigns, received just over 580 applications and hired 54 new employees.
As part of the Carrier Strike Group validation exercises for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, Ex JOINT WARRIOR 20-2 involved approx 6200 personnel from 10 nations. 26 ships and 2 submarines participated along with 81 aircraft and approximately 200 land troops. As part of this, 254 fast jet sorties (comprising F-35Bs, Typhoons and Hawks) were flown as part of the Air Wing missions - all supported by Inzpire’s White Force!
Stephen Badham, Inzpire's Chinook requirements manager and a member of our helicopter services team, has worked on 96 user requirements for the Chinook Capability Sustainment Programme.
Our Chinook simulator team, based at RAF Odiham have delivered 430 training sorties totalling nearly 1400 hours of simulator training time.
Our Chinook training experts have been busy delivering critical training this year
Between them, our team of Civilian Qualified Helicopter Instructors racked up an impressive 4 commandant commendations, 1 master air pilot award from the honourable company of air pilots, 1 best instructor award and 2 promotions in the Reserves.
Our Typhoon project team - part of our technical services operational business unit - has delivered 16 key objectives set out in contractual paperwork, with an additional 40 objectives over-and-above contracted criteria being met. The Typhoon Mission Data team based at RAF Coningsby have completed 135 customer Mission Data sets this year, and spent a total of 37 weeks overseas supporting Typhoon.
As part of our collective training team output, our synthetic training experts delivered 5 training exercises to a total of 326 trainees. The live flying training experts delivered training to just shy of 50 students, and spent the equivalent of 24 days working on, and delivering Exercise TYPHOON WARRIOR - the Ex encompassed 10 live flying and 3 synthetic training missions.
Exercise STEEL DRAGON was just one of the training exercises our collective training experts delivered in 2020.
And when they weren't delivering training on military bases our collective training team also had 5 members sign up to be NHS volunteers, providing support to those who were shielding in their local communities. Bob Chevli also increased his annual rowing best from 1,000,000 metres to 1,500,000 metres!
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