Monday, 15 December 2014

Can a robot cheetah save the world?

A robot which can run at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump almost 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven has been unveiled by engineers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The robot, inspired by a cheetah, is hoped to have real world applications including prosthetic limbs, wearable technologies, all-terrain wheelchairs and vehicles that can travel efficiently in rough terrain.

The team have had to create most of the components from scratch including motors, sensors and an on board computer. They have even created an algorithm which calculates how much energy should be exerted by each leg whilst running!

"This is kind of a Ferrari in the robotics world, like, we have to put all the expensive components and make it really that instinctive," said MIT Professor Sangbae Kim, Head of the school's Biomimetic Robotics Lab. "That's the only way to get that speed."

Watching the video of the robot in action, you can really see the cat-like movements of the robot. To say it weighs 70 pounds, the robot moves smoothly compared to other robotic devices and it is really possible to see how this technology could be used to enhance and even save lives. It is hoped this type of robot could be used in search and rescue operations or in hostile environments where it is too dangerous to send humans in.

The team still have some way to go in perfecting the technology but have come a long way in the last 5 years. “In the next 10 years, our goal is we are trying to make this robot to save a life," Kim said.

A worthy aim and we wish them all the best in achieving it.

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Miniature batteries open up a world of possibilities

Researchers at Maryland University have created a tiny battery that has the potential to revolutionise our electronic products.

The battery, unlike any we have seen before, consists of individual 'nanopores', which are a hole in a ceramic sheet that holds electrolytes to carry electrical charge between nanotube electrodes at either end.

 
Just one of these pores on its own won't do a great deal, but when you consider that a billion of these pores can fit onto a surface the size of a postage stamp, there's a lot of potential there!


Currently the battery is in prototype mode but first author Chanyuan Liu says: “It can be charged in 12 minutes and recharged thousands of time.” The battery is working though and now the nanopore technology has been demonstrated, the team are working on making the next version more powerful so it can be used in a wider range of applications.

With smaller and smaller power sources becoming available, the electronics market will be able to shrink and miniaturise products like never before. Smaller, lighter phones and tablets, portable medical equipment and even electric cars will be able to utilise Maryland University's technology.

It's an exciting time in electronics and Cyclops Electronics are here to keep you firmly up to date with all the latest technological advances, product updates and scientific discoveries! Don't miss out on anything by following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2015 from all at Cyclops Electronics!


Are you getting excited about the upcoming holiday season? Here at Cyclops Electronics we certainly are and would like to wish you a very happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

We will be closed for the holiday season from 12:30 (GMT) Wednesday 24th December 2014, reopening in the New Year at 08:45 (GMT) on Monday 5th January 2015.






We will be ready and waiting for your enquiries in the new year and look forward to a happy and prosperous new year.

Season's Greetings and have a fantastic holiday season!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ready to experience a brand new kind of phone? Meet Google's Project ARA.

Google are currently working on the phone to change all phones. A new concept of modular phones which allow you to precisely tailor your phone – both aesthetically and functionally.

You begin with an endoskeleton, or 'Endo' as Google are affectionately calling it, which forms the basis of your phone and then add 'modules' which alter or add to the phone's functionality. Think of the ARA a little like a Lego phone, different bits snap in and out to make the phone whatever you want it to be.

Going on holiday? Get a great camera just by adding a new module. Into gaming? Add a faster processor while playing. Make music the centre of your world with super speakers or use medical sensors to keep a check on your health.

And the best part is you don't have to sacrifice one thing for another. Just a few clicks and swops and your super powerful gamer phone can transform into a lightweight, speedy phone perfect for the office. Or change the size by using different endos – have a tiny phone on Saturday night in your pocket or clutch bag and then make the same phone into a phablet for work on Monday morning!

The modules can also be shared by anyone else with an ARA phone – no need to upgrade every couple of years, upgrade constantly with modules that deliver what you need, when you need it.

This concept for phones, if it catches on (and let's face it, with Google behind it, it probably will catch on!) would be great news for electronic component companies. Rather than just needing a few components to make up the phone, every module will be made up of them. With the aim being that people own more modules than can be used at once, more electronic components will be needed than on a standard smartphone. More components is always a good thing for our industry!

(Google are still working on the prototype with a conference scheduled for January 14th 2015 where we should find out even more about the modular phone.)

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Electronica 2014 - A great week!

The team ready to greet all our customers!
The week we spent in Munich was absolutely brilliant! It was great to meet so many of our customers and to see some new faces too. Our team worked really hard delivering information and advice to everyone about electronic component distribution, scheduling and obsolete services.

The fair as a whole was a roaring success with 73,000 visitors across the 4 days all here with one interest – electronics! Our semiconductor hall was one of the busiest and had a great atmosphere all week.

Thank you to everybody that came to see us, we hope you enjoyed your time in Munich as much as we did! If you couldn't make it to Electronica this year – don't worry! You can still find out all that Cyclops has to offer you by downloading our company presentation here or for specific information regarding our services just follow the links below:

Time for us to recover now – Electronica may be fun but it's also a lot of hard work! 

Busy, busy meeting everyone!
If you have any Electronica pictures you want to share, head on over to our Facebook page or show us them on Twitter using @CyclopsGroup We would love to see how Electronica was for you!













Monday, 10 November 2014

Electronica 2014 – We're Here!


Well, we have made it to the lovely city of Munich and are all very excited to get Electronica 2014 underway! The stand is set up, drinks are chilled and we are ready to greet you all. Come by Hall A5, Stand 171 to be given the Cyclops Group hospitality treatment!

Choose from a range of beverages as you speak with our team about electronic component distribution. We are here all week so you have plenty of opportunity to spend some time with us.

Our team are ready and waiting for you!
You can even enter our prize draw to win a brand new iPad! Visit the stand for more details.

If you are not going to Electronica this year, you can find out more about the Cyclops Group here or download our company presentation here.

We hope you can make it down to see us and we are really looking forward to meeting as many customers as possible. We're ready to show you exactly why you should choose Cyclops for your component stocking and distribution requirements!


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A Spooktactular Halloween 2014!

Any excuse to have a bit of fun in the Cyclops office and Halloween 2014 was no exception! We played trick or treat with the sales team, had some spooky fancy dress and of course ate lots and lots of sweeties!


We also like others to benefit from all the fun we had by raising money for Cancer Research UK with our dress down/dress up day. We raised over £90 for this great charity - thank you to everyone who participated, best get planning next years costume now!!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Rise in sales puts semiconductor industry at ease

The last few weeks have been interesting in terms of semiconductor sales after Microchip's CEO made the dire announcement that the industry may be facing a downturn, when their sales were lower than expected. It was seeming like he was correct in his predictions with other semiconductor company's stocks falling as a result. However, as these other companies now release their Q3 results, the story may not be quite as bad as we were all fearing; Most are reporting increases in sales and revenue, both from Q2 and year on year:

Texas Instruments: $3, 501, 000 revenue, up 6.4% compared to Q2

NXP: $1, 515, 000 revenue in Q3 – 12% up on Q2 and 21% up year on year

Freescale: $1.21 billion revenue – 2% up on Q2 and 12% up year on year

Intel: $14.6 billion in Q3 up 8% year on year and beat their own estimates by $0.1 billion

Lattice: $9.41 million net income, up 2.6% year on year, but slightly down on what company told investors

Looking at these results the outlook may not be that terrible after all. Of course it is difficult to base the whole industry on one company's performance but the surety of Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi made everyone question the future of the semiconductor industry. Hopefully, he made a mistake and the poor results of one company shouldn't have too much impact on the rest of the semiconductor industry.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Electronica 2014 – Have you made your appointment yet?

Hurry, hurry! We still have the last few appointment slots available for Electronica 2014. Don't miss out on speaking to our lovely staff about:

  • Global Electronic Component Distribution 
  • PCB Assembly & Electronic Manufacturing Services 
  • International Excess Electronic Component Management
  • Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain Management

We are really looking forward to meeting as many customers as possible and will answer any questions or queries you may have about your electronic components.

Sit down and enjoy a drink with us as we work out how The Cyclops Group can help your business.

Quadcopter & Range Rover Evoque remote control toys

Don't forget – if you make an appointment you will receive a FREE fantastic remote control Quadcopter or Range Rover Evoqe! These toys are so great, you'll have hours of fun with them!

We can't wait to meet you in Munich so get booking those last few appointments today!  




Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wearable technology you will actually want...

You wouldn't expect to see Intel at New York Fashion Week or Diane von Furstenberg collaborating with Google but that is exactly where the component industry is heading – Two previously unrelated worlds are merging and collaborating as the trend for wearable technologies hots up.

Component and technological industries have been aware for a long while that smartphones and smart watches are responsible for the recent rise in sales but the next step is making wearables that people actually want to wear – that look great and perform amazingly.

Luckily, Intel have seen the light and are not only creating something other than a sports watch but have realised that to make wearable tech actually wearable they need to work with designers. By teaming up with several leading fashion designers including fashion powerhouse Ralph Lauren and design team Opening Ceremony, Intel have planted themselves firmly at the forefront of wearable tech:

A gorgeous bracelet made with semi precious stones and a 1.6 inch sapphire touch screen. They are keeping pretty schtum about what it will actually do until the official launch in October but it is thought it will link with your smartphone to alert when receiving texts, emails etc.


These Tshirts were developed for the US Open 2014 and feature sensors knitted into the shirt which report biometric information such as the wearer's stress levels and respiration to a smartphone app. There’s also a built-in “black box” with an embedded accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth chip for sending the data straight to your smartphone. Ralph Lauren even designed an app for reviewing your performance mid-game.


While yes it is another smartwatch, at least this is one that you can be worn to the office and the bar and anywhere else for that matter! you know it's going to look good– and do so much: it syncs with your smartphone to alert you of emails, texts, the weather and of course tell you the time!

All of these advances in wearable tech are great news for the semiconductor industry as they will keep the sales going in the right direction! Keep up to date with all the latest news about the industry by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook! And don't forget to use Cyclops when you need rapid sourcing and supply of electronic components.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Smartphones or Semiconductors? Samsung makes a decision

Tech giant Samsung are a company with two very different things happening at once. On the one hand, their smartphone sales are way down with profits falling by almost 60% but their semiconductor business is very much on the up, so much so they are investing an eye watering $14.7 billion on a new chip plant.

Samsung's latest operating profit is $3.8 billion, which is down a huge 59.7% from last year's quarterly figure. This is not only their 4th straight quarterly drop but also their weakest quarterly drop since Q2 2011.

It is thought this is due to poor sales of their smartphones as they are being squeezed out of the market by Apple at the high end and by cheaper Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and Lenovo at the lower end. They have a lot of excess inventory and are struggling to sell older 3G models as both Europe and China switch to 4G.

Because of this, Samsung are pushing their semiconductor business. As the largest memory chip maker, it makes sense that they should lean on this side of the business as the phone sales drop. To prove their commitment to the chip side of the business, they are investing in a new 790,000m² chip plant in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Work on the project is due to start next year, aiming to be completed in 2017. CEO and Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon said:

“Our investment into the new fabrication plant will significantly influence the shaping of Samsung’s future semiconductor business.”
Analysts have been forecasting furiously and believe the Samsung will report a stronger operating profit in their semiconductor division than the handset division for the first time in over three years. They also find themselves in the unique position of still being able to make money when their rival's phones sell as they make electronic components for major brands including HTC, Sony and Apple. 

It is unlikely that Samsung will ever withdraw from the smartphone market, in fact they have promised “new smartphone lineups featuring new materials and innovative designs,” but with profits coming from the semiconductor end of the business it makes sense that it should focus its efforts here to reap the rewards.

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Sources:
Market Business News
Cnet
DW.De

 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Packing, Preparing and Prepping! - Electronica 2014

Electronica 2014 is fast approaching and we are just about ready for it! Everything has been ordered and is ready to ship on over to Munich where we will be spending 4 days from the 11th to 14th November!

If you haven't already, why not make an appointment to talk to us? We will be available to speak with you about our wide range of services, from Electronic Component Distribution to PCB Assembly.

Cyclops Group at Electronica 2012
The last Electronica in 2012 was a great event where we were able to speak with many customers, both old and new. Come and make your appointment and have some fun with your free gift! You'll get a fantastic Remote control Quadcopter or Range Rover Evoque just for making an appointment.




Your choice of free gift just for making an appointment to see us!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

IBM & Global Foundries – Has a decision been made?

 Way back in May it was announced that IBM were considering selling their semiconductor sector. Global Foundries were the leading buyer (though buyer is an interesting term as IBM are actually offering inducement money to get it off their hands) and that was that. Now, after some bargaining and bartering, it looks as though the deal is finally going ahead.

While no official announcement has been made, Daniel Nenni leading industry writer and consultant, has written an article on Semiwiki.com stating that the deal is all but complete. Initial negotiations broke down due to money issues with IBM offering $1bn but Global Foundries holding out for $2bn. Looks like Global Foundries got their own way as Nenni states:

“In most negotiations there is a point where you just stare at each other and the first one to blink loses. IBM definitely blinked because the final number that was mentioned to me is in excess of $2B.”

It has been an interesting tale, with the two companies being on and off more times than Ross and Rachel! Now it looks as if an agreement has been reached, what does this mean to the rest of the industry? IBM has stated that it will not leave the semiconductor business completely. (Just last month the company pledged $3billion on developing computer chip innovations at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.) and Global Foundries are constantly growing and evolving.

Hopefully the technical expertise IBM will be able to give to Global Foundries will help the company rise up and become a legitimate competitor to other, larger manufacturers and help keep the industry growing and competitive.

No matter what happens, Cyclops Electronics will keep up to date and make sure we have all parts and components you need, from all major manufacturers. See for yourself using our Fast Component Search tool! 



(Sources: SemiWiki & Times Union)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Meet the latest addition to the Cyclops team!

We all know counterfeit components are a huge problem, a giant headache and quite frankly, a complete pain to the industry. They impact on safety, quality and the integrity of companies. Anything that can help us keep counterfeit parts out of the supply chain is surely a great thing....

That's why we have a new defence against counterfeits – The Pricelynx Acid Free Decapsulation Machine!

Watch a demo video of the Decapsulation Machine
in action by clicking here.
What makes this machine so great?


Well, like something from a sci fi movie it allows us to really get into the component to see if the compound die is correct, this is the only way to know if the parts are original. And. as it doesn't use any acids or lasers, it is very eco-friendly and safe to use.

This revolutionary way we are now able to access the component means we can confirm authenticity of the part, stopping counterfeits going into our supply chain and keeping you safe.

At Cyclops, we work hard to ensure you don’t end up with counterfeit products, just high quality, hard working components. We have a number of internal systems to check for counterfeit parts and want to become your trusted supplier for all active, passive and electro-mechanical components.
 
Find out even more information about the strict anti counterfeit procedures we have in place – Click Here

Our handy, helpful and best of all FREE guide to help you around the pitfalls of counterfeit components, how to avoid them and make sure you only use quality parts. Get your copy here today!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Electronica 2014 – Who's getting excited?






Just under 2 months until Electronica 2014 kicks off and we are getting excited here at Cyclops! We had such a great time at the last Electronica in 2012 and absolutely loved meeting everyone, November can't come quick enough!

The Team at Electronica 2012
Electronica is the world's leading trade fair showcasing state of the art electronics, hardware, software and components. 2012 saw 72,000 people from 78 different countries attending and this year looks to be much the same.
Meeting customers in 2012

Our team heading to Munich are really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible and it gives you the chance to learn more about what we can offer you. Getting face to face with our suppliers and customers is such a great thing to do and we love taking the opportunity to do so.

If you're attending Electronica this year why not make an appointment to come and see us? Enjoy a drink with us and let's plan how Cyclops Group can effectively and efficiently help your business.

Make your appointment today – just visit our site here.

(You'll also get an amazing remote control car or a cool quadcopter just for making an appointment to see us! Refreshments and a fun toy, what more could you want?!)
The Quadcopter & Range Rover Evoque remote control toys.














Terms & Conditions: 
- One remote control Range Rover Evoque or one Quadcopter per appointment attendee 
- Range Rover are not endorsing, sponsoring or otherwise affiliated with this event

Friday, 5 September 2014

Murata to takeover Peregrine


Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd are planning to takeover Peregrine Semiconductor Corp in a deal worth an estimated $471 million.

Both companies have worked closely in the past, with Murata being one of Peregrine's largest customers. The companies complement each other well and will be able to develop better, more dynamic RF technology together.

This acquisition will combine Murata' s world leading RF module capabilities with Peregrine's best in class RF front end products. Peregrine has a team of talented RF designers.” said Norio Nakajima, Executive Vice President, Director of Communication Business Unit of Murato.

This is looking like it will be a great partnership and some amazing products are likely to come our way. We have a selection of Murata products available and look forward to the new technology to come out of this partnership.

Check out our Murata products, along with thousands of other products by using the Fast Component Search on our website!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Huge sales increases for semiconductor industry

Fantastic news comes from the Semiconductor Industry Association as they release the sales figures for July..... And they have risen by 9.9% from last July!!

In fact, there has been a month on month and year on year increase across all regions and even across all product categories.

The total sales for July 2014 were an astounding $28.07 billion, which is up from last year's total of $25.53 billion and are 2.4% higher than the total for June.

For Europe, the news gets even better as there has been a 14.9% rise in sales from this time last year. All excellent news for everyone in the semiconductor industry – lets hope the rest of the year goes just as well!

To find any semiconductors you are looking for, use our simple and quick Fast Component Search. We can source obsolete and hard to find components as well as any others you may be after.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Smartphones boost semiconductor spending

Who doesn't love being able to check the weather, catch up with friends, order the groceries and take time out with a game all on one device?! That's right, we just can't live without our smartphones! 62% of adults in the UK own a smartphone and that number just keeps growing. (Source: Ofcom)

The technology used to make our lives oh so simple and enable us to tweet, poke, snap and play our way through life is continually growing. And this is amazing news for semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. Why? Because smartphones and new mobile products such as smart watches are pushing the market. 
 
Market tracker Gartner expect global spending on semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials to total $62.1 billion in 2014 – this is up 7% from 2013. Gartner also projected that global chip sales in 2014 will reach $336 billion! (Source: investors.com)
This growth is stimulated by the strong sales of smartphones so it's good news we all just adore our smartphones!!

Cyclops Electronics are a leading global electronic component distributor there for you when you need hard to source electronic components, like semiconductors, quickly because of allocation, long lead times, obsolescence or quality issues. Contact CyclopsElectronics for a fast response to your enquiries and a reliable on time delivery.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Infineon Take over International Rectifier Corp

Infineon, Germany's largest chip maker have purchased International Rectifer Corp for a massive $3 billion! This is a clever move from Infineon as it allows them to move into the US and be so much closer to Silicon Valley and all the cutting edge technology that happens over in California.

The Chief Executive of Infineon said:

“It is very important for us to be in the U.S. and close to the highly innovative region of California,” Ploss said on a conference call. “International Rectifier does that.” (Source: Bloomberg Business Week)

Despite a rise in semiconductor sales, (Evertiq) several large chip companies are merging in response to rising design and fabrication costs. This will probably not be the last such merge we see over the coming months.

Cyclops Electronics carry a huge range of both Infineon and International Rectifier parts and we look forward to the combination and expertise of both companies together.

Check out our Infineon and International Rectifer parts here.

You can keep up to date with all the latest company and industry news by connecting with us on Twitter, Google+, Linkedin & Facebook.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cyclops Group August Bank Holiday Opening Times

The Cyclops Group UK office will be closed on Monday 25th August and will reopen on Tuesday 26th August at 08:45 (GMT), for all your electronic component needs.

If you have any requirements, please send them over before the bank holiday and we will work on them straight away.

Whilst we are away, please feel free to use our online fast components search to submit a quote request and we will be in touch as soon as we return.

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Hope our UK customers and suppliers have a great bank holiday weekend- lets hope we get some sunshine! To everyone else, have a fabulous weekend and we look forward to working with you when we return.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Cyclops Group raise over £400 for Prince of Wales Hospice!

Four of our staff members turned themselves into bright (albeit a bit sweaty!) works of art to raise money for The Prince of Wales Hospice. Charlotte, Gizem, Zoe and Bev took part in this weekend's “Run or Dye” charity run at Castle Howard.

This particular 5K run is slightly different from other charity sporting events as during the race, participants are showered with powder-based plant dye in every colour imaginable until they are unlike any runners you have ever seen!

The team after completing the colourful Run or Dye race!
The team completed the run for The Prince of Wales Hospice as a family member of the Cyclops' team has sadly been battling cancer for the last 18 months and has been receiving treatment there. The hospice provides palliative care and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

So far the girls have raised an outstanding £433.96 and we are all incredibly impressed with them! The rest of the office will also be having a dress down day later in the month to raise even more money for this amazing charity.

If you would like to add to the total a donation page has been set up to sponsor the colourful runners and donations can be made via the Just Giving website:
www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Team-Sally2014

For more information regarding ''The Prince Of Wales Hospice'' please visit
http://www.pwh.org.uk/

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wearable Technology – More than just fashion accessories?

With the advent of smaller and smaller wireless power receivers, components and chargers the possibilities for the application of this technology is endless. An exciting way these small devices are being used is in wearable technology, where technology of varying types is used within an item of clothing or accessories. Perhaps the most widely publicised is the ubiquitous Google Glass but what else can be done and how can the technology and the aesthetic work together to create an amazing looking item that also works exceptionally well?

Integrated Device Technology has released its smallest ever 2W wireless power receiver and battery charger, which it describes as: delivering leading technology in a compact package ideal for small form factors, including wearable applications.” The IDTP9026 has a 12C interface for programming, charging voltage, termination current and the thermal control loop. It is a single chip solution which has managed to reduce overall area while still keeping all components and a high performance.

This small device, along with many others like it will enable wireless technology to develop in ways we never thought possible. Right now, most of the wearable technology comes in the form of extensions to our smartphones in the form of watches (Samsung Gear) and glasses (Google Glass) but the development of smaller, more powerful devices, and crucially chargers, could open the way for many other types of technology. From light reactive dresses to chronic disease management and everything in between, small components have the power to change the world and how we view it.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cyclops Group To Celebrate Yorkshire Day And Raise Money For Charity!

The Cyclops Group Head office is based in York, within the largest county in the UK - Yorkshire. Our main office has been home to Cyclops Group for 19 years. During this time we have purpose built our environmentally controlled ISO9001:2008 warehouse and facilities.

We are very proud of our heritage here in York and we are excited to celebrate this on the official Yorkshire Day, which is taking place on the 1st of August. The Same day, our office will be taking part in a 'Dress Down Day' to Raise Money for North Wilts & Devizes Portage Service

North Wilts & Devizes Portage Service who are a small, non-Government funded charity supporting children diagnosed with Autism and their families by providing free visits with the aim of supporting ''the development of young children's play, communications and relationships within the family'' and ''the young child's inclusion in the wider community''.

As the event is fast approaching, I would like to share with you a few of my favorite momentous occasions and achievements from Yorkshire:
  • Seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the 2012 Olympics, which if Yorkshire was a country this would have placed 12th in the overall standings.
  • Most recently, this years Tour de France began in Yorkshire, with Stage 1 of the event setting off just 7 miles away from our office.
  • Famous individuals such as Dame Judi Dench and William Wilberforce were born and grew up in Yorkshire
We will be holding an office celebration on Friday 1st August to mark this occasion and I look forward to sharing moments of the day with you.