Month: May 2020

3Squared signs five-year extension agreement with East Midlands Railway

3Squared and East Midlands Railway

Sheffield-based rail technology specialists 3Squared is pleased to announce it has signed an extension with East Midlands Railway (EMR) for the train operator to continue to use its Employee Development System.


As part of the new deal, EMR will use 3Squared’s innovative RailSmart Employee Development System (EDS), which reduces the administrative burden of employee competency management, to help proactively manage and improve the capabilities of its staff.  EMR is dedicated as business to bring in wide-ranging improvements to its services, trains and stations.  EDS will be intrinsic to this as it actively enables users, at an organisational level, to drive efficiencies whilst contributing to overall safety and environmental measures.

3Squared supply expert consultancy and digital solutions developed to tackle known and emerging rail system challenges. The tools are dynamic and help customers generate actional insight from a suit of intuitive apps which can help inform decision making on the move.

East Midlands Railway and its predecessor, East Midlands Trains, has been using EDS for six years and helped to develop the ground-breaking system alongside 3Squared.  This new extension guarantees the further usage of EDS for a further five years.

3Squared will offer the EDS cloud-based platform for EMR which features the continuous monitoring and improvements of employee competencies, candidate profiling, improved visibility of employee competency data including medicals, incidents, support plans and previous assessments and a reporting tool provides business insight and better visibility of competency information.

Lucy Prior, Business Engagement Director at 3Squared said: “We are delighted to sign an extension with EMR. EMR and its predecessor, East Midlands Trains, helped to develop EDS so it is particularly pleasing that the train operator will be able to continue to the reap the rewards of using EDS for years to come.”

Trevor Parkin, Head of Operational Standards at East Midlands Railway added: “3Squared’s Employee Development System has been a step change in the way we manage and assess our Drivers’ competence. Assessments can be planned more robustly and are carried out with all information for the Driver immediately to hand.

“Feedback is delivered instantaneously and signed for in real time. It is also possible to profile a driver’s (and also the assessor’s) performance across their competence cycle. For identifying and managing risk areas within our driver team and therefore reducing the potential for operating incidents, EDS brings huge benefits to our business.”

3Squared named as one of the region’s top tech companies at NTAs

3Squared finalists at Northern Tech Awards 2020

Sheffield-based railway technology company 3Squared has been named as one of the UK’s fastest-growing technology companies at the annual Northern Tech Awards virtual awards (NTA) ceremony.

The NTAs recognise the 100 fastest-growing technology companies in the north and the awards are primarily focussed on shining a light on the leading technology businesses headquartered in the north of England and Scotland, while also celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship within the region.

The recognition comes as 3Squared experienced tremendous growth in 2019 and signed several lucrative contracts, and 2020 is set to continue to the growth trend with the firm recently moving into a new and larger office, following a £250,000 investment into the new office space, while the company has been on a recruitment drive with 13 people joining the firm since the start of the year.

After learning of 3Squared’s recognition as one of the fastest growing software company in this list, James Fox, commercial director at 3Squared, commented: “Being named as a leading northern technology business is a testament to the hard work 3Squared have put into delivering high-profile projects for the rail industry. Our success is based on the quality of our software and services, along with our focus on achieving successful business outcomes for our clients through implementing ground-breaking solutions which help our clients boost efficiency and cut costs.”

Fox continued: We are proud of this recognition and look forward to continued growth through taking our software products overseas as we aim to take our award-winning tools into new markets.”

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John Hickling takes up new role of client partnership director at 3Squared

John Hickling, Client Partnership Director

We are delighted to announce our latest senior appointment here at 3Squared.  John Hickling has recently joined us as Client Partnership Director, a new role created as we continue to expand.

John will support 3Squared’s clients, including Network Rail, East Midlands Railway and GB Railfreight, to guide them through the nuances of using our innovative RailSmart suite of tools. At the same time, John will also actively engage with our clients to ensure that new product feature requests can be acted on by the rest of the team and will help us deliver an enhanced level of client onboarding and eLearning, for new and existing RailSmart customers.

John will be working at 3Squared on a part-time basis and he joins us from train building giant Bombardier Transportation – another of 3Squared’s clients – where he most recently held the position of Learning Development Manager. His appointment comes as we experienced tremendous growth in 2019 and signed several lucrative contracts.  2020 is set to continue to the growth trend following our recent move into a new and larger office, following a £250,000 investment into the new office space.

James Fox, 3Squared commercial director, said: “We’re delighted to expand our team with the appointment of John Hickling. We want to ensure our clients make the most of our innovative and ground-breaking rail software and having John on-board will enable our clients to continue to save time and improve efficiency, while also having a direct link to provide feedback on how our services can be improved.”

3Squared help take Rail Human Library online

3Squared help take Rail Human Library online

In our recent BAU+ story we showcased the effort put in by the entire team at 3Squared to enable us to operate as a company working wholly online and from home.

This ability to adapt to change was also reflected in the way we maintained our support of the Rail Human Library concept.  In this interview by Rail magazine’s Richard Clinnick, read how our Business Engagement Director, Lucy Prior ensured that this wide-reaching careers engagement initiative became an online success, rather than a casualty to lockdown.



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