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May 2014 News

May 2014 News Archive

Thu May 1 00:00:00 2014

This is the Shadowcat news archive for May 2014.

Getting Support, Gaining Understanding

As many of you that folllow the news about Castle Shadowcat will already know the previous year has seen us grow in both size and scope. This has been a challenging and rewarding time for us all but there comes a point where we reach an inevitable presipice. As an organisation we have crossed a boundary from one type of company to another and with that we need to build, grow and change.

Change is always a struggle, much as growth is a challenge and building (construction) a cost. Until this point we have utilised our own internal strengths, and the advice and guidance of business associates, as we developed and evolved. Last year we started a programme of eliciting help and education from a broader range of sources.

Already staff have completed courses in Project Management, Project Frameworks and we have participated in the Lancashire Forum. Now we have joined the Growth Accelerator Programme.[1]

As a part of this we will be guided by a persoanl business coach/mentor. Andrew Dewhurst from Affilius will be working closely with a management team at Shadowcat over the next few months to further enable us to deliver a broader, and more detailed, portfolio of services.

As always we will keep you interested parties up to date with the developments.


[1] A Government run initiative in the UK backed from funds both local and as part of the European Regional Development Fund.

A New Intern Checks In

Castle Shadowcat are proud to announce the capture of a new developer to add to our growing Lancaster team. We would like to introduce you to, and welcome on-board, Errietta Kostala.

Errietta is a student at the University of Huddersfield where she is studying modern web technologies. She will be joining Shadowcat full time in late July for her 'year in industry'. This is a necessary component of her degree where she will work in a professional(1) environment and work as a full employee.

We have decided to start Errietta a little early early by giving her some smaller projects. This is part of an on-boarding process which will help her to get more up to speed for when she starts full time at the Castle.

During her year with us we hope to construct a challenging programme of tasks which will encompass internal projects, client portfolios and a mixture of community projects which satisfies Shadowcat's commitment to the broader environment.

I am sure you will welcome this newest, and youngest, member to the Shadowcat staff. We know that the coming year will be filled with challenges and we look forward to facing them with Errietta as part of the team.


(1) Less sniggering in the back there, I can see you.