Webanywhere Announces Participation in the Bett Show 2019

Category: Company News

Published: November 29, 2018

Webanywhere, a leading school website design, mobile app and software provider, today announced its participation in Bett 2019, one of the leading annual trade shows in the United Kingdom marketing information technology in education. This four day event will be held on 23-26 January 2019 at the ExCel Convention Centre in London, UK.
Webanywhere will have some of their e-learning and website professionals at the conference. Their attendance at Bett underscores their dedication to helping primary and secondary schools, as well as Multi Academy Trusts, to improve both teaching and learning.

Exhibiting this year at booth G249, Webanywhere will present its expanding portfolio of school websites, mobile apps and education modules. They will also demonstrate their latest product, School Bookings which enable parents to easily schedule appointments with schools online for events like parents’ evenings.
Webanywhere representatives will be available at the booth for enquiries and in-booth demos throughout the event. An appointment can be made in advance by visiting this page. Webanywhere will be giving away a drone video to a lucky school too.
Nearly 35,000 attendees from the global education community will be in attendance, making Bett a prime networking opportunity for education professionals looking to connect with like-minded peers.

[Press Release] Webanywhere appoint new Management Team

Category: Company News

Published: November 1, 2018

After 15 years of running Webanywhere as a successful self funded EdTech business, founder and Chairman Sean Gilligan has appointed Michael Marks as its new Managing Director. Michael joins Webanywhere with over 35 years technology experience, most recently at Smoothwall as their CEO – based in Leeds. Joining Michael is Nicola Sharp – Webanywhere’s New Finance Director bringing a wealth of financial experience to the board in the EdTech arena, Nicola also joins from Smoothwall where she was the Group CFO. Both Michael and Nicola bring many years of growing successful Tech businesses in the UK and internationally.
Alongside Michael and Nicola a new Sales Director Andrew Court joins Webanywhere from Cascade HR where he helped grow the business substantially over a 10 year period. In Poland, Michal Woch joins the business as Operations Director and has previously worked with Smart Education.

Sean will continue as Chairman of Webanywhere, spending more time on his passions which include developing new products, building teams and entering new international markets. Sean has a separate vehicle for his start up businesses called Ventures Anywhere. Within Ventures Anywhere Sean has been focussed on Sound Branch a VoiceFirst platform for re-imagining voicemail.
Sean Gilligan said “Michael Marks started life as a software developer and has bought and sold a number of software companies and more recently has led Smoothwall. Both Michael and Nicola offer Webanywhere many years of relevant experience and are well placed to help us grow further in the USA.”
Michael Marks commented “I am excited to join the Webanywhere team at this stage in their journey and lead them into an exciting future. The foundations are all there for accelerated growth with great people, great products and leading innovation. The company values of Webanywhere (proactive, curious, fun and flexible) are values that I am passionate about and have lived on a day to day basis throughout my career.”
Webanywhere, formed in 2003 has grown to a market leading international e-learning business with offices in Leeds (UK), Chicago (US) and Katowice (PL). Webanywhere works with prestigious corporations as well as educational partners around the globe. School Jotter was developed by Webanywhere and is the leading provider of branded school mobile apps in the UK.
ENDS ===

Press Contact

Pano Savvidis
Press Officer
Email pano.savvidis@webanywhere.co.uk
Telephone 0113 3200 750

Webanywhere School Awards 2018

Category: Company News

Published: September 13, 2018

In another record year for growth and adoption of our school websites and mobile apps, our clients will be presented with monthly awards in recognition for their contribution to the ongoing success of their school.
This will be our first year running the Webanywhere School Awards!
As we work with more than 4,000 schools, we know that winning a prestigious Webanywhere School Award is not easy.

How should I enter?

New clients are automatically nominated for an award.
If you are with Webanywhere for more than a month, please nominate your school by sending us an email at info@webanywhere.co.uk
Through our range of online channels, we publicise the winners providing you with invaluable publicity throughout the year.
Winning a Webanywhere School Award sets you apart from other schools and proves your school credentials. It can help you attract new parents, pupils and teachers.
All winners will receive digital badges to help you promote your win.

Awards categories

1. School Website of the Month

2. School Mobile App of the Month

In Memory of Sophie Gradon

Category: Company News

Published: June 26, 2018

What a beautiful, honest lady. I had the pleasure of meeting Sophie a couple of months ago at our anti-bullying conference. Sophie was joined by her good friend Zara Holland, Tom Riodon the CEO of Leeds CC, Emma Kenny and Rob Faulkner, an e-safety expert.
I contacted Sophie via her Instagram account in January and asked her if she wanted to take part in a conference discussing the “impact of social media on young children, what can schools do?’’ She responded straight away stating that this was something she felt extremely passionate about.

To stand up in front of a room full of Headteachers must of been incredibly hard but she did it and was inspirational. I had no idea she was struggling so much. A smile can disguise anything and hers was magical.

Schools are facing a poisoned problem with social media and both Sophie and Zara had some answers. No one else is better informed, educated and knowledgable about social media. They spoke about going into schools and talking to the children. The room and everyone in it had a respect for these girls and it was then them who became the teachers.
Watch Sophie’s speech at the Elland Road event:

The full video of the event can be found here.
Cyber bullying is just bullying, plain and simple. Emma Kenny said “the only thing we have to offer is compassion, kindness and love”, Sophie had all three.
The seminar felt special at the time but it’s only now that I realise how much Sophie wanted to make a difference. Sophie, Thank-you so much for helping and making a difference in this battle with social media bullying. You will not be forgotten. The world wasn’t made for one as beautiful as you. X

You will not be forgotten, and neither will be your work to help others, we will continue in your memory until bullying stops.

Sophies slide on Types of Troll:

Talk to Samaritans:
Call 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Cyberbullying Resources

Worried about a child?
Contact NSPCC’s trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support.
0808 800 5000

Interview with our Rising Star Intern: Aaron Kannenkeril

Category: Company News

Published: May 15, 2018

This week we were excited to interview our Marketing Intern, Aaron from Ermysted’s Grammar School. Although he has been with us for a short amount of time, we have had a blast getting to know him!
Aaron is an incredibly fast learner, and has impressed us with his perseverance in completing tasks quickly. He was able to write marketing content and is currently working on data management.
We got a chance to interview Aaron, and are excited to introduce him to our readers!

Tell us something fun about you.

I like playing guitar and enjoy playing badminton.

What do you hope to learn by the end of the internship?

I want to be able to leave this internship with as much knowledge of this field as I can. This will then make my prospects into the future ever so slightly clearer.

What is your favourite thing to do outside of school?

I do enjoy playing badminton and I try my best to read books.

Do you have an idea of what your next steps will be after the internship, if so, what are they?

I might look into the website design field later in my future however currently I have no set plans.

What would be your ideal job?

As I said I don’t have current plans for the future but I would definitely want a job which I have a passion for.

What is your favourite book and why?

It will probably have to be the Black Prism by Brent Weeks because it has a great storyline filled with many plot twists and loose ends.

What is your dream company to work for and why?

I would love to work for a big tech company like SAMSUNG or Apple because I will then be able to see the latest technology that’s going to come out, it will give me a glimpse into the future. Also, the idea of free prototypes is very appealing.

Thank you for reading our internship interview with Aaron Kannenkeril!

Behind the scenes at Webanywhere

Category: Company News

Published: February 26, 2016

From our emails, you might think that all we do around here is write blog articles, create websites and develop learning platforms, but there’s actually a lot more to Webanywhere than just that! We did a staff photo shoot this week for our new website (ooh spoilers!). Here’s some of the… beautiful outtakes.

Lawrence is one of our secondary elearning consultants. In this photograph we can’t quite tell if he is mid sneeze or showing off his selfie face. You decide.
Ellie is a Primary elearning consultant at our Webanywhere, we didn’t have the heart to tell her she was a bit late for the Great Ormond Street bad hair day.
Tom, a delivery consultant perfected this pose whilst on a first date at the zoo.  We wouldn’t buy a hat just yet for that wedding.
Our Marketing Campaigns Manager Sally holds three world records in “hand surfing”. No-one else in the office has ever asked what that is.

Now fully available for your school – Office 365 integration

Published: February 18, 2016

We’re pleased to announce that Office 365 integration is now fully up and running for anyone using our School Jotter platform. You can now take advantage of the full range of Office 365 features within the School Jotter ecosystem, complete with single-sign-on and file sharing.
Here’s the best new features of integration:

Single sign-on

And it really is single sign-on – with the Office 365 login method, if you’re logged into Office 365 you won’t need to enter anything to get into School Jotter, your computer will handle it all.

Easily add files to your website

Access your OneDrive files from within Jotter, and insert them as items on your School Jotter website. This means you don’t have to worry about taking an image from OneDrive, downloading it then reuploading it to Jotter – it’s right there already!

Outlook Calendar Synchronisation

It’s likely that your school has everything organised in an Outlook calendar already – wouldn’t it be great if this could automatically pull through to your website? The Calendar app can now read from and update from your Office 365 calendars, saving you one more update task.

All your OneDrive files in School Jotter

With the Office 365 desktop app, you and your students can even have access to your desktop files in School Jotter.

Share and collaborate

As well as accessing your own files, you can even share them with others, making it a great way to enable collaboration amongst students.
Interested in the benefits of integration? Contact us for a free demo.

Webanywhere At Bett 2016 | Webanywhere Blog

Published: January 26, 2016

Bett 2016 is over! Webanywhere team had an amazing time at the event and everyone is talking about new ideas for the next year already. All about making our stand better each year!

This years’ event had some exciting speakers, great exhibitors, and fantastic demonstrations, all of which were aiming to increase the awareness of new educational technologies and to provide information how schools can introduce or improve their use of technology inside and outside of the classroom.

Our stand was very busy throughout all days of the event and it was great meeting so many lovely teachers, parents and students. We loved showing our amazing products to everyone and we hope that all event visitors managed to find the best education technology solutions for their schools. Our education experts tried to introduce the benefits of our products to as many event visitors as possible. I’m sure Webanywhere team attracted some schools that will become long-term clients.

To make Bett more engaging and to give something back to some of you, we had some amazing giveaways on our stand. We gave away four giant Toblerones that received a lot of attention and four ipads mini. Congratulations to everyone who won!

Let’s not forget our special guest – Webbber – the Webanywhere meerkat. Everyone agrees that Webber was great at attracting visitors to our stand. I’m sure he made Bett more enjoyable for event visitors as well as for the Webanywhere team. We might invite him to join us next year as well:)

What Webanywhere team said:

For me it was an opportunity to meet and bond with my work colleagues that I see so rarely as a remote worker. I was able to share my experiences and expertise and this was reciprocated in bucket-loads by the team. To also have Cieran and Sally as the ‘glue’ to keep the whole show moving effortlessly added that extra layer of professionalism that Webanywhere exuded the whole week!”

“Best part was being able to work with colleagues who I don’t usually work with”

“The best thing for me was the noticeable shift in attitudes schools have towards VLE’s. People are starting to curiously explore what they can do and realise they can offer a whole lot of exciting opportunities to schools (and save them a bunch of time)”

Being Webber was really good fun

“For me one of the best things about the BETT experience for WA was seeing a ‘team’ evolve out of several new starters within the group. Sometimes this takes a long while but being in a group at a show like BETT speeds up that process. It was also great to see the new starters develop their product knowledge skills and grow in such a short period of time”

“It was like 4 days of speed-dating with people who we share a common interest with” 

It was brilliant to meet with so many teachers from across the world, I think the running total is 49 countries on our stand”

Thanks to everyone who visited the Webanywhere stand at Bett 2016 and to everyone who helped to organise it. And of course, well done to Webanywhere team!:)

Third Day At Bett 2016 | Webanywhere Blog

Category: Company News,Events

Published: January 22, 2016

Another busy and successful day at Bett 2016. Today we are looking at some highlights of the third day of the event. One more day to go and Bett 2016 will be over. One more chance to meet our education experts for some demos and learn all about our education products.

Webber – the Webanywhere meerkat was extremely popular today! It was great seeing him surrounded by children (and some adults of course).   The giant Toblerone is getting more and more attention every day, and you still have a chance to win one of our giveaways tomorrow. Visit us at stand F350, all we need to do is scan your badge for free entry!

We’re really looking forward to meeting all the children taking over the ExCel arena tomorrow: Saturday is all about #KidsMeet! A new blog post with all Bett 2016 updates coming next week. Thanks to everyone who visited our stand today!

Second Day At Bett 2016 | Webanywhere Blog

Published: January 21, 2016

Another successful day of Bett 2016 – the world’s largest learning technology event. Thanks to everyone who visited Webanywhere team at our stand today! We had a great time sharing our knowledge about education technologies.

Today our visitors had a second chance to win our amazing giveaways, including a giant Toblerone and an iPad mini. Visit us at stand F350 to find out how you can win one of our giveaways.

Webber – the Webanywhere meerkat joined us again and he received a lot of attention from Bett visitors!

We love taking care of everyone who visits our stand, that’s why we offered free coffee/tea and snacks again. I’m sure Bett visitors appreciated that.

Two more days to go! More updates tomorrow:)