Are you ready for the new data encryption laws?


The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the result of four years of work by the EU to bring data protection legislation into line with new, previously unforeseen ways that data is now used.

Currently, the UK relies on the Data Protection Act 1998, which was enacted following the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, but this will be superseded by the new legislation. It introduces tougher fines for non-compliance and breaches, and gives people more say over what companies can do with their data. It also makes data protection rules more or less identical throughout the EU.


The GDPR will apply in all EU member states from 25 May 2018. Because GDPR is a regulation, not a directive, the UK does not need to draw up new legislation – instead, it will apply automatically. While it came into force on 24 May 2016, after all parts of the EU agreed to the final text, businesses and organisations have until 25 May 2018 until the law actually applies to them.


‘Controllers’ and ‘processors’ of data need to abide by the GDPR. A data controller states how and why personal data is processed, while a processor is the party doing the actual processing of the data. So the controller could be any organisation, from a profit-seeking company to a charity or government. A processor could be an IT firm doing the actual data processing.

Even if controllers and processors are based outside the EU, the GDPR will still apply to them so long as they’re dealing with data belonging to EU citizens.

It’s the controller’s responsibility to ensure their processor abides by data protection law and processors must themselves abide by rules to maintain records of their processing activities. If processors are involved in a data breach, they are far more liable under GDPR than they were under the Data Protection Act.

But isn’t the UK leaving the EU?

Yes, but the UK government has not yet triggered Article 50, which sets in motion the act of leaving the EU within a two-year timeframe. This means the GDPR will take effect before the legal consequences of the Brexit vote, meaning the UK must still comply for the time being.

Inglewood Junior School new bus

The school minibus is fully sign written and has gone out on its first journey supporting 13 pupils and 5 staff participating in a “Cumbria Run” relay out to Cumwhinton, Wetheral and back to school as part of our PE week.

Connexions were more than happy to give full support and sponsorship to assist the school in purchasing the bus.













Outstanding Apprenticeship achievement

Today, one of our apprentices Nathaniel Gunter was awarded two awards. One for Apprentice of the Year, and also for Outstanding Apprentice of the year.

Nathaniel is currently working through his Apprenticeship in Electrical Services and has impressed both us and the college in his first year.

The awards were presented by Daniel Dodd of Carlisle College and Craig Tunstall, Technical Director of Connexions.

Well done Nathaniel!

outstanding apprentice awards

Connexions are looking to take on an additional 3 more apprentices this year. Download our application form from here if you are interested in applying.

ConneXions Group are a Microsoft Authorised Education Partner

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ConneXions Group Provide Satellite Broadband Services for Story Contracting

ConneXions Group Provide Satellite communications in hard to reach and rural places in the local area, where there is a need for businesses to access vital information at site level.

ConneXions Group have worked closely with Story Group to provide communications to their UK Rail Network sites across the county and beyond. Story Contracting Ltd is a multi-disciplinary company specialising in building and civil engineering, construction and rail infrastructure services.

Alex Fletcher, IT Manager of Story Contracting Ltd: Working as a major supplier on the UK rail network infrastructure, we often have construction sites in remote areas of the country that do not have 3G coverage. To enable our staff to maintain vital email communications and access to our IT services, we utilise Tooway Satellite services at these sites. We have used Connexions Group for a number of years and projects now, and would not consider using any other satellite installation company. We look for professional installations, , good pricing, and above all committed customer service, and I am pleased to say that Connexions Group deliver all of these, every time.

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ConneXions assisted CARLISLE KEY in their recent office move

ConneXions assisted CARLISLE KEY in their recent office move, providing a seamless transfer of telephone services, broadband internet access and a much improved CCTV security systems supplied and installed by ConneXions FREE to the charity who we were very pleased to support after hearing about the fantastic work they carry out from our customer Chris Bull, owner of The Fine Arts Restoration Company in Carlisle.

New home for Carlisle charity that supports young people.



More info

ConneXions Group provide a fully Unified Communications system to the Inn on the Square Hotel Keswick with Superfast Broadband including FREE public WiFi access

Our fully integrated communications systems and network services provide highly secure and reliable Telephones, Computers, CCTV & Access Systems to the Inn on the Square Hotel all managed locally by our dedicated team of technology experts here at ConneXions Group, located in the heart of the Cumbrian Lake District :

Social Media Services and Google Tools

We can setup your Social Media services and google tools, which consist of the following:

– Setup and brand with your company colours/logo a facebook, twitter, google+ and linkedin account
– Setup a blog on your website to automatically post to your social media accounts
– Setup google webmaster tools, which helps list your website in the major search engines including Google, Yahoo, Bing
– Setup Google Analytics, which provides data of visitors to your site, popular pages, demographics etc.
– Setup Google Adwords, which enables you to start advertising on google search pages, a pay per click system.

Social media and google tools

If you would like information on any of these services, please contact us here.

Estate Agency Software

NetConneXions work with the estate agency software provider Vebra, to create dynamic and up to date estate agency websites. Our latest customer being Grisdales Estate Agents

Cumbria Website Designers

Web Design Cumbria

Waitings Drainage website redesign complete

NetConneXions have launched the new website for waitings drainage. Working closely with Victoria the website got a completely new design. The website built with wordpress to allow for easy updating and expanding.


We also setup the facebook and twitter account and branded.