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We like to keep our finger firmly on the pulse of the industry and keep you up to date with the latest cloud and IT trends, sector news and other events and opinions from our expert team here at Cranford group. This is our blog to help you stay informed.

How an FD’s role has changed in a modern day tech workplace

How an FD’s role has changed in a modern day tech workplace

19th August, 2019
Matthew Hardill tech workplace

Finance directors must focus on how finance drives the modern-day tech workplace. Our CFO Matthew Hardill writes for Financial Director website. As digital continues to evolve at a rapid rate, organisations are feeling the heat when attempting to do everything they can to stay ahead of the curve – and react swiftly to the constant […]

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Women in Tech, how to inspire the next generation

13th August, 2019
Rachel Mcelroy women in tech

As digital developments continue to diversify the way people work, innovators should be doing the same – and that means giving a voice to a range of tech talent and championing bringing women in tech through the ranks. There has been much debate concerning women in tech and the role they play, but – even […]

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Tech talent, How finance plays a crucial role in the hiring process

22nd July, 2019
Matthew Hardill CFO

The role of a CFO is ever changing in the modern digital enterprise and crunching the numbers is just a small part of their remit. Resourcing and the tech hiring process is another back office function that can benefit from their input. Our CFO Matthew Hardill has written for Financial Director website on the role […]

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Discovering talent in a skills shortage

19th July, 2019

Discovering talent during the skills shortage A ‘skills shortage’ is one of the most talked-about topics in the employment landscape. In this article for The Recruiting Times, Rachel Mcelroy, Our CMO offers her thoughts on how organisations can maximise digital skills in their hiring strategy. Global talent shortage? Finding the right people to join your […]

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Cloud migration without breaking the bank

17th July, 2019
Cost of moving to the cloud

When businesses want IT upgrades, is cloud the answer? Our CFO Matthew Hardill on the considerations you need to address when looking at migrating your IT infrastructure to the cloud economically and with the optimal outcome achieved- successful cloud migration and profitability. Here is the article in full Having the best technology in place is […]

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6 Steps to Quickly Onboard Your IT Contractor

14th June, 2019
Alex Wilkinson COO

Alex Wilkinson, our Chief operating officer features in the Undercover Recruiter with his new article “6 Steps to Quickly Onboard your IT Contractor.” IT Contractors are on the rise over permanent hires as companies seek niche skills for projects. Alex is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of our Assured Resource function for organisations including […]

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CFO Matthew Hardill talks business rules, ties and Yorkshire

11th June, 2019
Matthew Hardill

The Yorkshire Times 10 in 10 have recently featured Matthew Hardill, our chief finance officer for his answers to their 10 burning questions. This is what Matthew had to say: What does a typical working day for you involve? It usually begins at home checking new emails and then, depending on where we are in […]

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Penny features in The Business Desk, My Yorkshire

24th May, 2019

Penny has featured in the Business Desk feature My Yorkshire discussing all the things she loves about the county.  Where do you live/where are you from? I’m originally from Staffordshire, but I’ve lived in Heckmondwike for over 30 years now, and I’m currently preparing to move to Holmfirth. What is your favourite place to visit in Yorkshire and […]

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Recruiting Times Feature: Rachel’s 5 Biggest Tech Hiring Challenges

20th May, 2019
Rachel Mcelroy 5 tech recruiting challenges

The Recruiting Times have featured Rachel’s article on the 5 biggest tech hiring challenges. Here is the article in full. It’s one of the fastest-growing sectors in the business environment, but the ever-advancing nature of the tech world – coupled with a widely-reported skills shortage in this often-complex arena – can make tech hiring extremely tough! […]

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New Chief Finance Officer Joins Cranford Leadership Team

16th May, 2019
Matthew Hardill CFO

We are excited to announce that we have appointed a new Chief Finance Officer as the company marks a decade in business and prepares for five-fold growth over the next 12 months. Matthew Hardill has joined our organisation following more than 20 years’ industry experience. He began his finance career with JCT600 – the 12th largest car […]

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The Cloud Sector, 5 Must-Know Job Roles.

13th May, 2019
Cloud job roles

We are Tech Women have recently featured Rachel’s article “5 must know job roles in the cloud sector- who do you need on your team?” When it comes to securing the best people for your organisation, there needs to be considerable thought put into what is needed, which will vary depending on the size of […]

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Digital Insight Podcast, The Digital Skills Gap.

9th May, 2019

The Digital Skills shortage, what is it all about? The digital insight podcast is a monthly recording by Interface Magazine and CPO strategy looking at the burning issues within the C suite. We are delighted that the May podcast features Rachel Mcelroy, our Sales and Marketing Director discussing the current state of the resourcing industry in […]

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7 Steps to Seamless Digital Transformation

8th May, 2019
Alex Wilkinson Cranford Group

Alex Wilkinson, Client Delivery Director for Cranford has provided his 7 Steps to a Seamless Digital Transformation project for Compare the Cloud. Compare the Cloud is a respected “go to” Cloud and Technology content focused website. People, culture, technology, project scope and many other aspects are key considerations when looking at your transformation project. You can read […]

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First jobs and career paths, Rachel talks to We are the City

1st May, 2019
Dream big

First jobs, career paths and how a team comes together for success. This blog is about building blocks and how your employment shapes you. We Are the City is an organisation of some 120k members which helps businesses attract, retain and develop their female talent. Support and collaboration are so important in life and business. […]

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A Day in Rachel’s Life Features in The Yorkshire Post

25th April, 2019
Yorkshire Post day in the life Rachel Mcelroy

The Yorkshire Post featured Rachel in their “A day in the life” business section today. It gives an insight into what she does on a day to day basis, and on this particular day when she is working from home. She is also much more of a morning person as you will find out! Here […]

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News on our Cloud Leadership white paper

23rd April, 2019
Cloud Leadership white paper take part

Production of the Cranford Group Cloud Leadership white paper is well underway but we need some more time to ensure the end publication is at the highest level. At the start of the year, we asked for your input to tell the story about how technology is shaping the modern workplace. We have had an amazing response so […]

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The 5 biggest challenges when hiring tech talent

17th April, 2019
Rachel talks top tech talent shortages

Tech talent, finding it is hard. It doesn’t matter whether you are an SME’s or corporate behemoth, as we meet with organisations of all types, it’s a subject that is at the forefront of peoples minds. As technology immerses itself into every aspect of our modern lives the human element has never been more important. It’s one […]

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Successful remote working, Rachel’s tips in the Yorkshire Post

26th March, 2019
Remote working top tips from Rachel

The rise of remote working. The traditional 9 to 5 in one office location is becoming more and more unusual especially in the technology industry. With all the connectivity and tech available to us we should certainly practice what we preach and look at ways to make work more flexible. There are many reasons for […]

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Digital Skills in Your Organisation, How Do You Build Them?

14th March, 2019
Rachel talking Digital Skills at Cloud Expo Europe 2019

March 12th and 13th saw the Cloud expo Europe being held at Excel in London. I was lucky enough to be invited on to a panel session in the afternoon of the 13th by the Cloud Industry Forum. Building Digital Skills in Your Organisation with chair Simon Ratcliffe of Ensono, Huw Davies from the BBC, […]

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Cranford Director Joins Cloud Industry Forum at Cloud Expo Europe

11th March, 2019
Cloud Expo Europe Logo

Cloud Expo Europe at Excel, London kicks off on the 12th and 13th March. The conference is the Uk’s biggest and most well attended tech gathering. It incorporates DevOps live, Cloud And Cyber Security Expo, Smart IoT, Big Data World, Blockchain Technology World and Data Centre World.   The event promises some 800 speakers 600 […]

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