Dryad Maritime wins national recognition with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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Portsmouth’s Dryad Maritime has been rewarded for its outstanding achievement in contributing to UK business innovation with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The award is the highest business accolade a UK company can receive and is recognised globally.

Dryad Maritime received the award in recognition for their outstanding achievement in the innovation category for their work developing intelligence-led systems that improve the safety of seafarers. Innovations include a bespoke geo-spatial tracking system named ‘Moneypenny’, which monitors the positions of client vessels, pirates and friendly forces as well as risk exclusion zones and the award winning Fleet Security Management Service which optimises the performance of vessels through its provision of route guidance based on fuel efficiency, risk, SOLAS convention and weather patterns.

Graeme Gibbon Brooks, Managing Director;

"This award is testament to the hard work, dedication and fortitude of the Dryad Maritime team who have given their whole-hearted commitment to supporting the company's growth ambitions over the last five years, whilst continuing to deliver unrivalled service and support to our existing and new clients. Our team continue to deliver and delight in equal measure with a level of service that is at the heart of our continued growth and reputation in the maritime industry. Given the tempo and scale of our growth, it should also serve as an encouragement to other entrepreneurs and UK start-ups who strive to achieve commercial success in as short amount of time as possible. It seems like only yesterday that we embarked on this journey with an idea, a small loan and just two colleagues.”

Donna Jones, Councillor, Leader of Portsmouth City Council

"I'm am delighted that Dryad Maritime, a local Portsmouth business that operates internationally, has been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise and Innovation to commemorate Her Majesty's 90th Birthday. Dryad Maritime was created 9 [please check] years ago and is one of the fastest growing maritime companies in the South. They provide expert commercial services to shipping around the world with intelligent data to help mitigate the dangers present in the maritime industry, including in some of the most dangerous waters in the world. Well done to everyone at Dryad Maritime."

Dryad Maritime was founded in 2009 with just three employees and a business loan of £25,000. Since then, the company has grown exponentially with the opening of new offices and the recruitment of 33 new employees. The company’s success has been recognised internationally; in 2013 they secured the highly competitive IHS Safety at Sea Award and over the past five years turnover has soared almost 12-fold.

Ian Millen, Chief Operating Officer, Dryad Maritime;

"We are thrilled that our work has been recognised with this prestigious award; a testament to our tight-knit team of professionals whose efforts help mariners to deal with complexity, uncertainty and danger at sea and ashore. Most importantly, Dryad’s people understand the people that they support, through a thorough knowledge of the environments and pressures our clients operate in and under. From our former mariners who instil confidence in ships’ captains and crews to those that develop our technologies, processes and supporting administration, we deliver products and services that are tailored to the needs of all our customers. This award is not just a testament to the culture of innovation that exists in Dryad, but to the constant motivation of our staff to deliver excellence."

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is valid for 5 years and follows Dryad’s recent landmark acceptance as the first maritime operations company to be granted membership of the UK’s Chamber of Shipping.


Portsmouth Consultant joins elite Advisory Board for leading diabetes forum

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Dr Partha KarA Consultant from Portsmouth has joined a panel of leading clinical experts for Europe’s largest diabetes forum.

Dr Partha Kar, who is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has joined’s Advisory Board., which has more than 180,000 forum members, has created the panel to help “bridge the gap between people with diabetes and the clinical community”.

The 10 experts, who have been carefully selected due to their significant contributions to diabetes care, have each been allocated a specific role relating to their specialism.

Dr Kar said: “My role is to explore efficacies of digital pathways and education solutions for Type 1 diabetes as well as promoting models of care.

“I am looking forward to further enhancing the role of as Europe’s largest diabetes forum in supporting people to help manage their condition.”

The expert’s input will also include social media question and answer sessions, providing specialist clinical expertise and helping guide the future direction of community health.

Dr Partha Kar was the Clinical Director of Diabetes at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust between 2009 and 2015. He was the pioneer behind the award-winning Super Six Model and one of his main areas of work is in helping to redesign diabetes care in an attempt to integrate chronic disease management across primary and secondary.

Charlotte Summers, Chief Operating Officer of, said: “Each panel member is outstanding in their field. We’re so excited to explore how digital health can affect real world health.

“We are really proud to provide a platform that gives people an opportunity to improve their health. After six months of using the forum, 77 per cent of members improve their understanding of diabetes. It’s remarkable but there’s so much more to be done.

“We want to bridge the gap between people with diabetes and the clinical community, digitally. The Advisory Board is an integral part of that, enhancing our ability to improve health outcomes for people.” is Europe’s fastest-growing online community for people living with diabetes, with 2.4 million unique visitors a month.


City car parks receive 'People' Parking' accreditation

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Alan Cufley and Helen Dolphin webFourteen of the city's car parks have been awarded People's Parking accreditation - a scheme which aims to improve parking for customers by enabling them to find a car park which specifically meets their needs.

People’s Parking highlights to customers which car parks have facilities for disabled people, parents with children, people who drive electric vehicles and those who drive commercial vehicles/camper vans or drive from wheelchair accessible vehicles.

You can search online via and see which car parks have the facilities you need.

People's Parking also aims to drive up standards in the parking industry as all car parks will need to demonstrate that they have good signage and pedestrian routes, are well lit, clean and actively managed.

The council applied for the accreditation and fourteen car parks will display a People's Parking accreditation sign.

Helen Dolphin MBE who launched the People's Parking scheme at the beginning of the year said: "Portsmouth is the first local authority that I have presented with their accreditation and I hope other local authorities will follow suit. Our accreditation takes into account many factors including how clean the car park is, how good the pedestrian access is and how well managed it is. We're also looking to expand the scheme in the future to include cycle parking and pay by phone facilities."

Alan Cufley Director for Transport, Environment and Business Support at Portsmouth City Council said: "We're pleased to receive this accreditation across fourteen of our car parks - it's recognition of how well managed and accessible they are. We're looking to expand the number of accredited car parks and we'd encourage other local authorities to follow our lead and obtain this valuable accreditation."


The University of Portsmouth is the new home of Express FM

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The University of Portsmouth is to be the new home of a community radio station, which celebrates life in south-east Hampshire 24 hours a day.

Express FM will soon be broadcast from the University’s Eldon Building, meaning the station can work even more closely with the University, with which it already has strong links.

The station was formerly located in Highbury College on Arundel Street. It is now moving to the Eldon Building west wing, a £14m beacon for the arts, which is home to the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Dean of the Faculty, Professor Catherine Harper, said: “It is wonderful to have a live broadcast operation on campus, which will offer our students and staff professional engagement with the media. Embedding a radio station in our institution provides an excellent opportunity for students to take part in career-enhancing activities, which is a key part of our new strategy.

"We’re also delighted that Express FM’s work with Highbury College students will continue, which means we’ll be co-locating different types of students. There is so much exciting research happening at the University – from cosmology to sports bra technology – it is important we are known in our own back yard. I think this partnership is a brilliant way to showcase even further the fantastic work the University is doing.”​

Express FM is one of the longest-running community stations in the UK and has just been granted its third five-year licence. Its mission is to showcase talent, celebrate success, raise aspirations and give local people a voice. The station broadcasts 45 different shows a week, which are hosted in the main by volunteers.

Express, a not for profit organisation, also runs a wide range of training programmes, designed not only to give people of all ages the skills required to make great radio, but also experiences that make them more employable in whatever career they may choose.

Station director and founder Cheryl Buggy said: “Having started our life at the University's Wiltshire Building, it’s great to be back beginning our 10th year in the prestigious Eldon Building. We have fantastic new studios, and look forward to bringing the Portsmouth community in to be part of such a great and creative multi-media environment."

The station is supported by the University, Highbury College, the Southern Cooperatives and Portsmouth College.

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