Ecl-ips at 20: Key milestones of the company since 2002

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In our final piece marking our 20th anniversary we take you through the milestones of Educonnect Ltd, which has traded as Ecl-ips since 2007. For a more indepth article about the company, and its people, read our previous blog.


September: Company set up by Nigel Smith as Educonnect Ltd, a data cabling company focusing on the education sector


September: Aaron Kernaghan joined the company to set up a new part of the business, Educonnect Ltd IP Services (Ecl-ips) focusing on using IP networks for alternative purposes other than PCs and phones


Started working with Mobotix to supply CCTV due to customer demand for us to provide external CCTV

Won and deployed Network Rail project: Netbotz installation and support

June: Darren Roe joined to work for Aaron as a project engineer


Moved into first offices and store room in Bromsgrove

Split of business: emergence of Ecl-ips as the company name (officially we are still Educonnect Ltd trading as Ecl-ips). Aaron buys out Nigel Smith to become Managing Director. Nigel Smith continues to operate a data cabling company, Educonnect (South) Ltd

Added Electronic Access Control to our product mix – again connected to the IP network


Won and deployed National Blood and Transplant Service: Netbotz installation and support in Bristol and then, additionally, in London.

June: Stephen Gilbert joins the company as a project engineer.

November: Became an APC Select Partner

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Moved into Waterside House, Harris Business Park, Stoke Prior.


Won insurance and employee benefits company, Aon,: Netbotz installation and support: nationwide contract

Worked towards and achieved National Security Inspectorate accreditation (Silver-approved installer)

Won Harrow School: CCTV installation, subsequently added access control


Started working with Avigilon, a CCTV supplier – one of our defining milestones, as it has produced more partnerships following its acquisition by Motorola Solutions.

Became a Paxton Access installer

September: Recognised as an APC Premier Partner



Darren Roe becomes Operations Director at Ecl-ips

Won insurance and benefits consultants, JLT, (acquired by Marsh McLennan in 2019) project to upgrade and centralise both power protection and environmental monitoring on 20 sites. Remote monitoring continues for many of these sites.

June: Recognised as an APC Elite Partner


Won Bromsgrove School: CCTV maintenance and support

Business Sustainability Award winner presented by business coaching company Arrivista

November: Nicky Ayers joined as Sales & Marketing Executive


Exciting project for Oleo International installing cameras within an elevator buffer testing facility

December: Darren Roe wins the ‘1 to 1 Client Award’ from business coaching company Arrivista


Installed Avigilon CCTV system at Gtech’s new headquarters in WorcesterEcl Ips Team


August: Angela Price joined as Business Support Co-Ordinator


Recognised as a high-level direct partner for Avigilon

January: Karen Uppal appointed as Digital Marketing Executive

June: Won a competition, organised by North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) and North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) to feature in a calendar promoting businesses across North Worcestershire

August: Became an NSI Gold Installer and achieved the ISO 9001 quality standard

November: David Harris joins as Project Engineer


Added body-worn cameras to our product range

February: Featured flipping pancakes in the 2020 calendar, produced by NWedR and NWBL,  promoting businesses across North Worcestershire

July: Takeover of Bristol-based Security Group, signals a move into intruder alarms and one of our biggest milestones.


Installed an Orisec Grade 3 intruder alarm system for Atmos VR in Birmingham, one of our first intruder alarm projects as Ecl-ips

Added Density Fog Generators and the Halo Smart Sensor to our product mix

November: Lee Walker joined as project engineer


Csp81 Full TeamFebruary: Peter Coughlin joins as business development manager, predominantly covering the south-west of England and South Wales working for Security Group and Ecl-ips

June: Stephen Gilbert promoted to the role of Technical Manager; Aaron becomes Associate member of the Association of Security Consultants

August: Successful renewal of our NSI Gold Accreditation

September: September 12 marked the 20th birthday of Educonnect, trading as Ecl-ips. We celebrated this, and our record-breaking year end business success, as a team on September 30 with a cookery event at Hengata, in Harborne, Birmingham.

We hope to have many more milestones to celebrate over the next 20 years and beyond! If you want to know how we can help you with your security and monitoring needs, please contact us.