15th January 2019

About Us

About borwell

Hi, this is a bit about borwell, the story so far, and a hint at what's next!

This is our 20th year of business! Yes, in March 2023 we will be having a party 🙂

Setting up borwell was one of life's opportunities that, at the time, I had no idea where it was going to take us.  In 2003 it was just me with a 6 month contract for software engineering for the MoD.  Very soon businesses in Worcestershire were asking me to help them with databases, software and general IT advice.  Soon there were three of us, then Andrea joined us two days per week, four, then Tim, five of us. Wow.  The UK went into recession in 2007/2008 and bizarrely we grew from 5 to 12 by 2012.  We worked on some cool technology projects for the MoD supporting the London 2012 Olympic games.  We won an MoD Chief Scientist Award for this work as well as the work we did in Dubai supporting Counter Maritime Piracy Operations in the Indian Ocean.

From 2015 we diversified further into private sector work, moving entirely away from our Defence roots.  The demand for software services was across all sectors.

Cyber Security

Then in 2010 came the Cyber opportunity.  At first we just up-skilled and focussed our software team to be even more sharp when it comes to application security.  Then Customers started asking us for penetration testing services and IT Health Checks.  So I created CYBX, our brand for our digital security services.  This is a dedicated team of certified professionals.  What I am most proud of is that all our customers are private sector.  We are securing the supply chain to industry and government from the ground up.  From 2020 we have won a lot of new business from international customers.  I think due to Covid businesses went online to find good quality, reputable suppliers, regardless of their home nation.  We have retained these customers and served them in 2021 and will do so in 2022 too.  Growth by customer retention.  A slow, long game, but one we are good at playing.

So now we're a team of around 30 and always recruiting more smart people.  If you are one, or know someone who is, then please ask them to call us, we'd love to hear from you/them. Point them to our vacancy page.

What's next

What next?  Well it's no surprise that I'm already looking at our options for the 3rd decade.  Space is a sector I've been researching for the previous two years.  I've recruited someone to run our Satellite Applications Team. They are based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, where most of the UK Space businesses are based and thriving.  We are growing a team quickly, and are providing downstream applications that exploit space collected data.  We've actually been working in this sector since 2003, so it's just making it a vertical market to focus on really, and joining the right membership organisations to promote our services.

Thank you

I would like to thank my wife, children, family, friends and our team for their support, ideas, passion, determination, skills, and for supporting me and challenging me when they need to.

We're a really happy, smart team, and this is reflected by our wonderful Customers who respect our employees and value the work they deliver.  Thank you Customers too!

Steve

Steve Borwell-Fox, MD of borwell

Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision is for internal use, and helps us focus on the right activities and to train and retain our superb team members.

Software mission:

"Building tools that do business better"

Cyber security mission:

"Keeping the bad guys out"

If you're a business or government agency looking for a smart, agile SME, with the above values and unswerving ethics then please do call. If you like the story and values above, why not come and work for us, and help take the business forward into our third decade.

Quality & Certifications

Our teams take pride in the quality of the services they provide. You can view our policies, certifications, standards that we work to and frameworks that we are on below:

  • ISO 9001:2015 - our Business Management System (BMS) is built around the ISO Quality Standard and is entirely digitised (paper free! Yes, it can be done!)
  • Cyber Essentials Scheme - the business maintains this certification annually, and also helps other suppliers achieve this certification (we help secure the supply chain to Government and large businesses)
  • Privacy Policy - part of our commitment to protecting and securing employee and customer data (because there's too much data smuggling going on, and we're not happy with it either)
  • Modern Slavery Act Policy - our commitment to a better world by building a better, fairer supply chain (there are challenges within the UK, which we are not willing to accept)
  • Quality Policy - our commitment to continuous business improvement (because getting better every day means we're more efficient and this means using less of the planet's resources)

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How to buy from us

borwell is registered on the following frameworks:

The company is also registered on several other UK Government frameworks - please call to check if you want to commission our services, and which framework is best to use for you.