It’s been five years since the UK withdrew its last troops from operations in Afghanistan and since then thousands of servicemen and women have left the Armed Forces and transitioned back into civilian life.
Some of these individuals have chosen to leave the military to embark on new career paths while others have been medically discharged from service.
"Business is like taking a hill in the military - you have an objective and you keep going until you take that hill. " says, Richard Gwilliam, co-founder of Geollect,
"I joined the Royal Navy straight from school and served for 28 years. First I was an air engineer but I later became an intelligence officer. I worked in Bahrain for a while for the Americans, where I met my wife who was also an intelligence officer for the National Geospatial Agency."
Read the full Remembrance Day article on Business Live here
Geollect in Hamburg, with other global startups to solve the biggest challenges in maritime, trade & transport.
9 startup teams, from 8 different countries, are moving forward past the first check-point at the Trade & Transport Impact program. 18 projects have been identified and kick-off the six week innovation program together with corporate partners Inmarsat, Cargotec, Shell, HHLA and Wärtsilä.
This week, corporate business leaders from the Trade & Transport Impact program partners, met with 14 selected startups to kick off 3 days of closer project discussion. The startups, who range from port- and cyber security to energy-optimization and crew welfare, spent the days debating potential opportunities and project-fit.
Bristol-based specialist tech firm Geollect has secured a deal with an American cruise line that is projected to be worth £5.5m within five years.
Under the contract, Geollect – which specialises in innovative geospatial intelligence – will provide its bespoke global maritime operations portal as part of an initial six-month service trial with Miami-based cruise operator Carnival Corporation & plc.
Geollect’s service provides an overview of the security threats to vessels and passengers at sea and in port. It will then be rolled out across all nine of Carnival’s cruise lines next year, taking the deal’s projected value to £1.4m by the end of 2021.
It follows hot on the heels of four deals secured by Geollect in Zambia, Finland, Indonesia and Greece with a total value likely to reach £6.7m by 2024.
Read full press release here
We would like to congratulate Will Hillman, Geollect's Head of Geospatial Development, on the launch of Geollect's GlobeView product, which he developed for North P&I Club.
North P&I is a leading global marine insurer with over 150 years of history in the industry.
You can view GlobeView here
If you would like to speak to Will to discuss Geollect's products, please contact us
Press coverage about GlobeView:
Geollect has secured a deal with a US cruise line operator projected to be worth £5.5 million by the end of 2024.
Transatlantic export and investment deals expected to be worth over £85 million have been announced by the UK government as the UN General Assembly takes place in New York.
The UK government has announced a number of export wins to the United States from a range of British companies, all of which were achieved with support from the Department for International Trade, expected to be worth over £50 million.
Richard Gwilliam, our COO, won Business Leader of the year at the English Veterans Award. He also won a silver for Entrepreneur of the Year! Pictured above is Richard with CEO, Cate Gwilliam, Gregory Scovel, Chairman and Odette Scovel.
Richard Gwilliam is a highly experienced ex-Royal Navy intelligence officer. He has worked with a multitude of cross government agencies within the international intelligence community at all levels from the strategic to the tactical level. Find out more about Richard on our Team page
Geollect is very proud to announce that it has received a Bonze award in The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
The ERS encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.
We are very proud to announce that Richard Gwilliam, Chief Operating Officer, is a finalist in the Veterans Awards 2019!
Richard (Gwilly) is a finalist for Business Leader of the Year, sponsored by Venture Risks Ltd.
"The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years English Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Mercure Bristol Holland House on 25th September 2019. Sponsored by Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity!
Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had 100’s of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations.
We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. Its you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity."
You can find out more about the award here
Three members of the Geollect team are up for an award at the Geo Business Awards 2020.
CEO, Catherine Gwilliam, is a finalist for 'Geospatial Professional of the Year' - An individual who is recognised within industry as someone that has made a significant contribution to the Geospatial Profession either through raising the profile and standards of the profession or improving the practice and use of Geospatial technologies.
William Hillman and Ryan Lloyd are both finalists for the 'Geospatial Rising Star' category - An individual who is relatively new to the profession (5 years or less) but is already demonstrating an ability to become a future leader of the Geospatial Profession.
Find out more here
May 2019 was an exciting month for Inmarsat and its Digital Incubation team, with the successful completion of our first accelerator – the Rainmaking Transport Start-up Engagement Programme Trade & Transport Impact with partners Wärtsilä and Cargotec group. As a direct result of this programme, we are collaborating with innovators ScanReach and Geollect to bring game-changing digital products to the maritime industry...
Read more here: https://www.inmarsat.com/blog/open-innovation-inmarsats-accelerator-journey-to-enable-maritime-digitalisation/
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