NEWS

ISO 27001 Certification achieved


Stephen Austin has recently achieved certification to the internationally recognised best practice framework for Information Security Management; ISO 27001:2013. The Company's decision to implement this standard forms part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding our clients’ information and data in all aspects of our business operations. The ISMS (Information Security Management System) consists of a framework of policies, procedures and risk management tools, all of which are designed to prevent information and data from being corrupted, lost, stolen or accessed without permission. The ISMS has been approved as compliant with the requirements of ISO 27001: 2013 by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, one of the UK’s leading Certification Bodies. See our Home page for more information about our Certification and Accrediatations.  

250th Anniversary


In 2018, we celebrate our 250th Anniversary. Back in 1768 our founder, the original Stephen Austin, established a printing business to provide materials for Hertfordshire’s county elections. Our company is now at the forefront of electoral printing and fulfilment for organisations throughout the UK and abroad. Over the years, the Stephen Austin business broadened and our first examination paper was printed in 1842. We now produce and distribute examination materials for Ministries of Education and assessment bodies world-wide. Today, the company employs nearly 200 people at our secure Hertford site where we use the latest technologies for printing our clients’ confidential materials. To read more about our history, please see ‘Our Heritage’ section.

AEA Blackpool


We enjoyed meeting  delegates at the Association of Electoral Administrators annual conference  in Blackpool, 4-7th February. It’s always a thought provoking and informative event, and a good opportunity to meet with fellow officers in the electoral field. Clearly Electoral Officers and their teams have  steady hands and nerves of steel judging by the impressive scores in our 'Buzz Wire' game challenge. Congratulations to the winners each day who completed the game with minimum beeps. Read more about our services here.    

Charity fund raising


Well done team Stephen Austin! We all enjoyed taking part in this charity initiative and  raised a fantastic  £2450.00 for Cancer Research UK. This is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility activities - and great fun too. An example of life at Stephen Austin - read more about joining our team.  

Stephen Austin team news – October


Our new Senior Account Manager We’re pleased to welcome Elizabeth Bowerman to the Client Service team as Senior Account Manager, responsible for our electoral business, supported by Christie Wilkinson. Elizabeth has spent her career working within the print industry, operating in account management and project management roles. She brings significant experience and knowledge to our team.

Cyber Essentials PLUS Standard


Stephen Austin is committed to maintaining high security standards in every aspect of product and service delivery, which is again demonstrated by successful 2017 accreditation to the Cyber Essentials PLUS standard. In 2012, HM Government launched the 10 Steps to Cyber Security guide to encourage organisations to consider their cyber security measures, and to ascertain whether organisations thought they were managing their cyber risks sufficiently. The guide was received well and further expanded by UK Government to a de-facto standard. The adoption of an organisational standard for cyber security was seen as the next step. Concluding in November 2013, the Cyber Essentials scheme defines a UK cyber security standard, which organisations can be certified against. The rationale behind this was that it would enable organisations and their customers and partners, to have greater confidence in their ability to measure and reduce cyber risks, as they would be independently assessed on a frequent basis to ensure adherence to the standard. Business leaders at Stephen Austin have taken ownership of their cyber risks and built them into their overall corporate risk management regime. At the same time, Stephen Austin has extended the scope from Cyber Essentials that incorporates assessment of the systems exposed to Internet to Cyber Essentials PLUS, where the assessment is also covering internal security assessment of end-user devices. Once again, this directly tests that individual controls have been implemented correctly and recreates various attack scenarios to ensure Stephen Austin's readiness to respond and protect itself and its clients from internal and external cyber threats.  

Summer blooms at Stephen Austin


Visitors to Stephen Austin this summer may have noticed some colourful additions to our car park. The Company’s ‘Grow the Tallest Sunflower’ competition had some keen rivalry and spectacular results – although Miracle Grow was suspected… Jamie’s sunflower was declared the winner – the spectacular bloom reached an impressive 325 cm. Just part of life at Stephen Austin.        

Conference update


Thank you to everyone who visited the Stephen Austin stand at the Association of Electoral Administrators Conference on 3rd July. There were some useful sessions at the conference this year. Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore MP’s presentation was particularly thought provoking. So much being accomplished by so few! Good to hear the professionalism and dedication of Electoral Administrators and their staff being recognised. To read the full speech, please click here.   

Accreditations


We take great pride in our accreditations, they are a measure and indication of everything we do. Our Standards and Compliance team have been successful in passing the audit to confirm our Anti Bribery certification, which is unique in our industry.

Stephen Austin team news


It is with great pleasure that we welcome…. Sam Jones who brings her extensive knowledge of electoral services to our Sales Team, and our new Fulfilment and Logistics Manager, Madan Natarajan who will ensure that our despatch continues efficiently and on time. We are very proud of our four intrepid runners, who successfully completed the spring Cambridge Half marathon. Andy, Chris, Darren and Steve braved the English weather to deliver very respectable times. Our Sales Team got into the Red Nose Day spirit, with cakes and competitions. The Company matched the funds raised by the team to purchase TuTu desks for school children. Tutu desks are a vital resource for schools where desks are not available, enabling students to have a clear working surface for writing.