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02Oct 2017

(English) Comtek is pleased to be exhibiting at The Big Bang for the fourth consecutive year. The event is part of Wales Rally GB, a challenging track on the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar, one of the most high-profile events on the British motorsporting calendar.

The free STEM event celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics and encourages young people to consider careers within those sectors.

For more information on how to attend please visit http://www.stemcymru.org.uk/project-strands/big-bang-dayinsure-wales-rally-gb-visitors/

Flintshire CC Rally A5 leaflet
29Sep 2017

(English) Comtek is pleased to be the headline sponsor for “An Evening With John Sergeant”, an event organised by the Journalists’ Charity.

Comtek Group CEO Askar Sheibani remarked, “I am a passionate believer in the importance of a free and independent press. It is an essential ingredient of any democratic society. While we will never always agree with everything the media reports we must support its right to report it.

“An evening with John Sergeant provides the ideal opportunity to celebrate the success of North Wales and Deeside while supporting a worthy cause. It is going to be fascinating to hear, first-hand, John’s insight into some of the most important events of the last 30 years or so.”

Please email billjenkins@spencerdavid.co.uk to take advantage of this limited offer and to book your table or ticket. You will be invoiced for payment.

An Evening With John Sergeant-Prices Reduced



13Sep 2017
Parliament Event 2017

(English) UKFOCF to campaign for affordable, high-speed and full-fibre connectivity across the UK

Parliament Event 2017

September 13th, 2017 – Today marks the inaugural meeting of the UK’s first Fibre Optic Connectivity Forum (UKFOCF).

UKFOCF has garnered interest from all corners of the UK’s fibre optic marketplace. Members include providers, manufacturers, operators and consultants – from global operations to UK SMEs whose voices are rarely heard. Senior representatives will gather in central London on Wednesday for the Forum launch. They will hit the ground running with a full agenda of pressing issues at the forefront of the industry up for debate. Discussion topics include: business rates and fibre tax, dark fibre access, the UK’s digital landscape and the broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO).

The Forum will be a vocal grassroots lobbying group, influencing and educating policy makers as to the most fair and efficient way to put an end to the digital divide. This campaign for affordable, high-speed, full-fibre connectivity extends to all parts of the UK in all commercial and residential buildings and demands a level playing field for all stakeholders.

The campaign’s roots were set in the Houses of Parliament earlier in 2017, at an evening reception entitled ‘Can Fibre Technology Revolutionise the UK Economy?’. The March 15th event, sponsored by data transport solutions provider Sorrento Networks, hosted 200 senior stakeholders from across the industry, in addition to several key members of the Commons and the Lords. Attendees here unanimously agreed that the industry has entered an historic revolutionary period and this is a timely opportunity to create a dedicated and inclusive forum.

Founder and Sorrento Networks’ (Comtek Group) CEO Askar Sheibani remarks, “I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and drive within the industry to help to address this essential requisite to the UK’s digital economy.”

“The UK’s fibre optic infrastructure is drastically and embarrassingly well behind that of many European nations such as Romania, Bulgaria and Sweden. In order for us to catch up, we as the stakeholders need to work together to support and advise the government to deliver policies that can create a fertile and encouraging environment for the rapid growth of the country’s digital economy.”

UKFOCF welcomes the government’s growing recognition of the key significance of fibre optic connectivity for UK business. Recently well-received decisions made by the chancellor include zero rating of the business tax on new fibre optic cable installations for the next five years and the £400m Autumn Statement allocation for digital infrastructure. However, much more needs to be done promptly and effectively for UK business to remain competitive in keeping with bandwidth demands.

Ian Lucas MP, key member of the DCMS Select Committee, and long-standing campaigner for ultra-fast fibre optic connectivity is Chair of the UKFOCF. Mr Lucas comments, “Fibre broadband has shot up the political agenda in recent weeks. The forum is timely and essential to inform policy makers in this crucial area.”

15May 2017

(English) As a proud supporter and member, The Comtek Group attended the CBI (Confederation of Business Industry) annual dinner on Thursday 11th May at Village Chester St David’s Hotel, Ewloe. The annual dinner is platform for members to network with key figures from a diverse range of business sectors from across the North Wales region.

In attendance were not only business leaders, but also serving politicians who realise and share the same goals as CBI members. The attendees listened to speeches from speakers including CBI President Paul Drechsler CBE, Comtek CEO Askar Sheibani and the inspirational Simon Weston CBE.

CBI President Paul Drechsler CBE in his speech highlighted the obstacles that British businesses face in the current economic climate, as well as addressing the impact that Brexit will ultimately have on the country’s industry. Drechsler emphasised the importance of sustaining access to talented employees, as well as the need to maintain infrastructure and improve highways, speaking of the challenge of satisfying authorities’ demands that can often slow innovation and development.

The generosity of CBI members was in abundance when given the opportunity to donate in aid of The Prince’s Trust. Formed in 1976 by His Royal Highness Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Trust has over 6,000 volunteers who work passionately and tirelessly to help unemployed young people into work, education or start a business of their own. Their schemes have amassed vast social and economic benefits.

Askar Sheibani - CBI Dinner 2017

Comtek Group CEO Askar Sheibani Addresses CBI Dinner Participants

In his speech, Askar Sheibani, CEO of The Comtek Group, highlighted the slow development of fibre infrastructure in the UK compared to other European counties such as Latvia and Romania who have greater percentage of connected business premises. With big data in such high demand, it often slows growth of British businesses.

Simon Weston and Askar Sheibani CBI Dinner

Comtek Group CEO Askar Sheibani introduces Simon Weston

Closing his speech, Askar introduced the highly notable speaker Simon Weston CBE. Well known for his charity work and war stories that have featured heavily over the BBC over the years, Simon Weston CBE proved to be an extraordinary storyteller by honouring his listeners with several tales from the Falklands War, including the infamous incident that left him with severe burns. Weston engaged guests with his natural confidence and infectious humour, which ended in a loud applaud from his audience.

Comtek were delighted to support this year’s event for what was a truly exceptional evening, we hope to see you all again next year!

For more information on the CBI, visit their website at http://www.cbi.org.uk