We are thrilled to announce that 21st Webb has made the shortlist for the 2021-2022 Rural Business Awards for Wales & Northern Ireland, in both the Best Rural Professional Services Business and the Best Rural Innovation categories.
We are set to battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final. The regional final will be held virtually in October 2021, with the National Final taking place early next year.
The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.
Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, added: “We are excited to celebrate the 2021/2022 awards after such a challenging year for businesses. We are passionate about creating a nurturing environment where rural businesses can develop, and this starts by showcasing the great work they do. On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, we want to say well done to 21st Webb and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”
The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.
The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories – ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Innovation – decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.
The Rural Business Awards is hosting a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2021, ahead of the National Final next February.
We cannot wait to keep you updated with how we fare at the finals and are thrilled to have made it this far.
To keep up to date with all that’s happening at 21st Webb, check out our website, or follow us on social media!
We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest service, ahead of schedule.
Introducing, Hosted Unifi Controller!
We have worked with many small businesses over the years, and been involved with a number of network upgrades, or complete installations. Following the success of our Hosted VoIP services, we have been working with new and existing clients, to upgrade their business network infrastructure.
We have found Ubiquiti products to be some of the best on the market, providing robust equipment at a reasonable price. And whilst there is other hardware available for less, what adds to the value of Ubiquiti’s equipment is their Unifi Network Controller application.
Unifi Controller is an easy-to-use platform providing a centralised management system for your network devices and providing an overview of all clients connected to your network. Some of it’s features that have been more popularly requested recently, is their instant Guest Hotspot system, alongside Hotspot Manager. This function within Unifi Controller allows secure Guest Networks to be easily setup and managed from one interface, and provides a tonne of configuration options, such as customisable login portals, Facebook authentication, pay-to-access logon, and many others.
To really take advantage of Ubiquiti’s equipment, Unifi Controller is needed, and ideally needs to be running permanently when opting for certain configuration options (such as Guest Wi-Fi portals, etc). And whilst we find the Ubiquiti equipment to be good value, their dedicated hardware solutions for running Unifi Controller can be a sizable expense for individuals and small businesses.
That’s why we have setup Hosted Unifi Controller – providing all the functionality of Unifi Controller, hosted by Microsoft in the cloud. For a small fee per month, we offer a scalable instance of Unifi Controller, accessible anywhere in the world. This allows you to manage your network and view it’s status remotely, using our Online Portal.
What’s more, we are offering a significant discount for certain industries, as well as anyone requiring multiple sites within Unifi Controller.
Sign up today, for your own site setup on our Hosted Unifi Controller, instantly.
Introducing Rapid Test Log system, the latest addition to our range of bespoke web applications.
Rapid Test Log system, or RTL for short is the latest in our line of web applications, developed in-house. This application is designed around the distribution and administration of the NHS’ Lateral Flow Tests. This system is designed to aid organisations who distribute and monitor these and similar types of tests amongst their workforce, such as those in Education, Healthcare and other both public and private sector organisations.
Rapid Test Log combines 2 major tasks in this scenario – monitoring stock levels of kits and receiving test results.
Rapid Test Log provides a straightforward, yet detailed log of all test kits. RTL keeps tabs on how many test kits you have in stock, as well as keeping an accurate record of how many kits have been added to your stock overtime, detailing the time and date new supplies were received, and giving you the ability to attribute that stock to a particular organisation (this can be particularly useful when managing kits for multiple teams, sites or companies).
Not only does Rapid Test Log monitor the kits you have left, but it will also monitor the number of tests your team have in the kits already distributed. With the ability to define various types of test kits, with their various configurations, RTL knows how many tests are in each kit, and monitors how many tests your personnel have taken with the kits supplied. What about when your team are running low? No problem, RTL sorts that for you to, automatically notifying any of your personnel when they reach a specified number of tests in their supply of kits, sending them a fully customisable e-mail notification with whatever instructions they need.
The ability to monitor stock is one of this applications core features, with the other being the ability to receive and store test submissions in a robust and auditable form. Rapid Test Log is more than just an online form, with configurable result options, instructions, wording based on results, and fully customisable terms and conditions users must agree to before submitting, Rapid Test Log allows you to handle different types of tests at the same time, using the one system. The form is simple for your personnel to use, only requiring them to enter an e-mail address matching their record on the system (i.e. a corporate address), RTL then populates the various options to chose from, limiting user input to a minimum. On top of this, RTL collects photographic evidence of all test results, ensuring results submitted by your team are as precise as possible.
The premise of this application was simple at first, however it gave us opportunity to work on some new, more experimental features for us, that improve the quality of the application developed. The first of which is the user-records auto-association feature. To put it simply, RTL requires no user accounts for your personnel, meaning they can submit results as quickly and easily as possible, without having to sign into an account. However, should they wish to see all previous results, you can grant your personnel the ability to create an account, verify it using their contact details on the system (i.e. corporate e-mail address), and then once confirmed, have all records they have ever submitted, along with all e-mail notification logs, all associated to their new account.
The following 2 of our experimental features revolve around the photographic evidence collection. One of which involves optional image compression, reducing the file-size of evidence collected, by converting images into the latest .webp file format, reducing the file size by up to 90% in some cases, whilst retaining image quality. The other experimental feature involves EXIF data extraction from the image file itself. Using this function, Rapid Test Log extracts the true date and time the image was taken by the user’s camera, and stores that in the test submission record, along with the date and time the user submitted the test result. This is anticipated to reduce the possibility of users re-using one photo as evidence for multiple test submissions.
Now whilst this all sounds like a lot of functionality for one application, Rapid Test Log once again takes on most of the work. The final key feature of this application is the fully configurable e-mail notifications, and delivery criteria. When managing the distribution and administration of testing amongst a large workforce, you may need to divide that work force into smaller groups, notifying managers of their personnel’s results – this is possible, with RTL allowing the specification of multiple organisation units, each with their own management contact e-mail address. What’s more, you can specify what notifications are sent, allowing you to focus on only void or positive results for instance.
Rapid Test Log system is already at version 3.0, and is aiding the distribution and administration of Lateral Flow Tests amongst education providers, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you think you or your organisation could benefit from this system, please get in touch today.
Here at 21st Webb we believe in the importance of cybersecurity. That’s why we have been working on the security of our existing packages and platforms, as well as developing a new range of packages with enhanced security to be released later this year.
We released our VPN package less than 6 months ago, with great interest received from existing and new clients.
Whilst we already think our VPN package is great value for money, it’s always possible to do better. That’s why today we’re announcing a 100% increase to the device limit for each of our VPN account holders.
New and existing VPN package subscribers can now have up to 10 devices on their account at any one time, making our VPN package more accessible and better value for money than some of the other big names out there.
If you’re still not sure whether or not our VPN service is for you, why not check out our 60 second clip introducing you to the 21st Webb VPN service:
So for as little as £5.00 per month**, you can enjoy secure streaming, gaming, downloading and day-to-day browsing with no compromise on internet privacy and security.
With 2020 out the way, we are delighted to welcome in the new year with a new product range!
During what proved to be an eventful year, we have been working hard in the background on a new product range, establishing partnerships with key providers here in Europe.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our Microsoft 365 product range!
With thanks to our new-found partnership with one of Europe’s Gold Microsoft Partners, we can offer you the latest Microsoft 365 licenses at competitive prices.
To date, we are currently offering the Microsoft 365 Business range of licenses, each with no annual commitment. We are also able to offer Microsoft Education licenses to applicable organisations with pre-approved tenants.
Included with our new range of products is the latest Exchange Online licenses, the idea e-mail hosting solution for businesses of any size. But what’s more, if you need e-mail services not quite as advanced as that, we have put together our own e-mail hosting package, which will only bill you for the resources you use – making a cost-effective e-mail solution for individuals and start-ups.
Watch this space as we add more of Microsoft’s fantastic range of services to our site.
Wonder how we pull up live statistics throughout our site? Let us introduce to you, Application Manager!
Application Manager was originally designed as an in-house tool for centralising the management and oversight of all web applications we produce in-house.
Application Manager collates usage statistics from all running copies of our web applications, hosted anywhere across the internet. What’s more, these statistics can then be pulled out of the system and displayed on any authenticated WordPress site, using our bespoke WordPress theme.
The main purpose of Application Manager was initially to collect statistics on each instance of our web applications, allowing us to view 2 types of statistics:
Individual Application Statistics: the usage statistics for a particular instance of a web application.
or Overall Application Statistics: the total usage statistics for all instances of any given type of web application.
The latest version of Application Manager does more than just collate statistics; with new functions such as license key monitoring, application version checking, application development & documentation discovery, and much more.
Application Manager 2.0 also comes with a new feature, allowing owners of different app instances to access and view their own statistics, with Application Managers automated client discovery and account creation / attribution.
Whilst Application Manager currently remains an in-house tool, please feel free to read more on this web application and it’s features, on the Application Manager page.
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