Monthly Archives: December 2017

Derek’s Logistex Adventure

In the last of our special edition anniversary blog posts from our longest serving employees, Derek Kay, Business Development Director, tells us why he has stuck around for so long!

“It was 1991 when I joined Io Systems (Io as in Jupiter’s moon), at that time Io and Cleco were separate private companies prior to the merge and later sale to FKI and the formation of Logistex. I started out as a Software Engineer, brought in at the time to begin the transition from Fortran and VMS to C and Unix. After about 3 more years of working on Fortran and VMS, we started our first projects in C!

Some of the sites I wrote software for are still out there, DHL – Mataro and WH Smith for example, and occasionally I still get an email from the hotline asking if I remember why something was written in the way it was. (I never can).

I’ve been a Software Engineer, Software Team Leader, Project Manager, Resource Manager, Head of Systems and now Business Development Director, all with Logistex, albeit under its earlier incarnations.

I’ve had the opportunity to develop my career and change focus so I’ve never felt the need to look outside of the company and to be honest I’ve worked with such a great group of people over the years I’ve never wanted to.
I can honestly say that I’ve met some of my closest friends here at Logistex and as much as anything they’re the ones who’ve made it enjoyable.”

You can read the story of Logistex’s journey here.

Calvin Davies (Systems Architect) looks back on his time with Logistex

Back to our anniversary blog posts! Calvin Davies looks back on his time with Logistex:

“I have been with the the company for 23 years, although it was a bit different when I joined- I think I was employee number 12 in the family-run IO Systems, in two knocked-together houses in Dunstable, and Cleco was just our biggest customer. Projects were a bit different then, with weeks or months spent on site (Mars and BT stand out for me) – great for building team spirit and camaraderie, not so good for family life. We have it so easy now!

I did once try to leave, in 2001 when my wife got a 2 year job in Chicago, but my boss at the time suggested I had a go at teleworking. Many of us work from home, at least some of the time now (though rarely from 4,000 miles away), but I felt like a bit of a pioneer back then. Hats off to the Cleco IT Department for making it work.

I’ve stuck around since then because Logistex are good people to work with and for. There’s a lot more than 12 of us now, but it still feels like it’s run by people who know what’s going on.”

Read the full story behind Logistex’s growth and success here.

Christmas Jumper Day

Employees at the Kettering Head Office sported their favourite festive knits on Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children. Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day raises money to bring essential healthcare, education, protection and food to millions of children around the world who are missing out on these basics.

Here’s a few snaps of our festivities!

Christmas Jumper Competition Winner: Jonathan Skelly (Solutions Design Engineer)