Month: April 2016

3Squared wins a Queens Award

3Squared wins Queens Award for enterprise innovation 2016

3Squared is absolutely delighted to announce that as of midnight 21st April 2016, we are the proud recipients of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the innovation category, for our RailSmart products.

RailSmart has been developed specifically for today’s modern rail operators and wider rail sector supply chains. It is a suite of powerful business applications that help rail-operating companies improve safety, reduce costs, increase efficiency and enhance operational performance.

Employee Development System (EDS), RailSmart’s flagship product, is a web and mobile App that allows rail companies to continuously manage and improve employees’ competencies. It is designed to help lower business risk, reduce incidents and lessen the administration burden of compliance.

The Apps have demonstrated significant cost savings and improved operational efficiency for a number of train companies and contributed directly to our accelerated growth over three years in new product sales and turnover.

James Fox, Commercial Director, says: “These are the awards that every company wants to secure, as they are the UK’s highest accolade for business success and achievement. We are absolutely thrilled to win the Innovation award, which is testament to the creativity and expertise of our team in designing and developing software that has made a huge impact in the rail sector.”


(L-R) James Fox, Commercial Director, 3Squared, Trevor Parkin, Operations Specialist, East Midlands Trains (EMT) Tim Jones, MD, 3Squared, Steve Smith, Operational Standards Manager, South West Trains, David Burgess, Customer Experience Manager, EMT and Kevin Bowen, Operations Standards Manager, EMT.


At 3Squared we believe the success of RailSmart is down to the collaborative way in which it was developed. We worked with several major rail operators to gain an insight into the sector’s needs and the limitations of current systems. Since its launch, RailSmart has established itself as an intuitive solution providing increased visibility of competency information, enabling operators to deliver targeted assessments and training. The result is lower business risk and a reduction in incident rates.

As Justin Willett, Head of Operational Standards at South West Trains, says: “RailSmart is a key tool that has enabled us to improve our competency management, giving us much greater visibility of critical information, and easing the burden of admin.”

James Fox continues: “There is huge scope for digitalisation in the rail sector and rail operators are recognising the inefficiencies of paper-based systems and are actively seeking an alternative. Our RailSmart suite of products provides a solution to any train or freight operating company looking for time and efficiency benefits, as well as cost savings through the use of Apps that allow for the management of a wide range of functions. We are very excited about the opportunities for developing our RailSmart suite even further in the future.”

The RailSmart suite includes RailSmart: EDS, a web and mobile App that provides rail companies with the tools needed to pro-actively manage and improve the skills and competences of their staff; RailSmart: IFM, which is specifically designed for the control room and to improve efficiency and transparency around incident reporting; RailSmart: Documents, which enables the rail operator to digitise the distribution of documents, notices and communication, and RailSmart: Forms, which is used for information capture in the field.

Swing Like You’re Winning

Swing Like You’re Winning

Somebody once said “many a business deal has been done on the golf course”. With that in mind it was time for our first staff social of 2016, where we decided a game of mini golf would be the perfect way to mix business with pleasure (and each team certainly meant business with chocolate prizes at stake).

Our team building sessions often involve a competitive element, so we divided into groups and arrived at Paradise Island, some of us aiming to take home the top prize, with the rest of us just hoping we kept the ball on the course.


Paradise Island boasts 2 adventure golf courses of approximately 14,000 square feet over 2 levels. After getting off the boat at the Caribbean Quay, you pass through mysterious sea caves before being marooned on a desert island complete with jungle ruins. Each 3Squared team completed an 18 hole round on one of the courses. It’s fair to say a mixed bag of skills were on display. There were a few fluke hole in ones, but there were some seasoned pros who managed to stay under par for the whole course. For others though, it was a relief that the stroke count stops at 6, regardless of whether you’re into double figures (or in danger of getting locked in at closing time). We then headed over to the arena square pub which acted as our clubhouse where we conducted some post-game analysis over drinks.

A great time was had by all and the winning team managed a particularly impressive average of 42.5, so perhaps a late entry for the Masters at Augusta might be in the post…