Recruiting the right people lies at the heart of Bede, and is synonymous with our acclaimed culture that remains even as we grow. We’re super proud of what we have so decided to shout a little louder about life at Bede and what is important to us. You may have heard whispers of what it’s like at Bede, but we thought why not straight from the horse’s mouth? This is the first of a series of blogs to provide insight into our approach – first stop: Flexible Working. There’s no such thing at Bede.
At Bede it’s important to us that our policies reflect our people, ensure best practices and encourage creativity and innovation.
We often get asked what our ‘Flexible Working Policy’ is, and our answer is always the same – we don’t have one! We don’t have flexi-time, we don’t have a choice of working hours and we don’t have increased flexibility based on length of service. This is because this isn’t being flexible. This “flexible working” is merely moving the structure to a different place. Being rigid with flexibility just ain’t our bag – being flexible with flexibility is.
Flexible: able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances.
Of course, we have core office hours to ensure we deliver the service we promise to our clients, and provide structure to our employees working week. But we are happy to be open and adaptable to meet the needs of our employees, so they can be the best they can be for themselves, and our business.
Now, we can already hear some of you wincing at the thought of this, how can you not have a policy? How do you measure this? How do you ensure it’s not taken advantage of? Well simply put, this is down to our culture. And it can be yours too!
We put a lot of hard work into ensuring our staff is engaged, aligned to our values and most importantly, feels respected and trusted. The result? 97% of employees feel their work is valued. If our employees feel engaged and empowered, this leads to greater outcomes for everyone.
Life has twists and turns for everyone, we can’t define it or predict it – so why create a policy to deal with it? We’re human and adults so we treat staff like human adults! From your first day, through to your last – we are flexible with all our employees, providing enough support to make it work for everyone.
So the next time we get asked what our ‘Flexible Working Policy’ is – our answer will remain the same – we are flexible with flexibility. And that should be your answer too.
Bede Gaming is delighted to announce Alex Butcher as its new Managing Director. Alex brings a wealth of executive experience and a proven track record of scaling software businesses.
Alex assumes control of the leadership team at Bede and is charged with the development and growth of the business and its people. At the heart of Alex’s strategy is cultivating an open culture and using Bede’s values to drive innovation.
The change at the top of Bede has come about as co-founders Michael Brady and Dan Smyth take on more strategic roles at board level following the sale of Intellectual Property & Software Ltd and Rocket X (formerly known as Rocket 9).
Brady, former CEO of Bede, said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Alex has accepted this position. His laser-like focus and experience in the industry make him the ideal person for the role. We are confident that he will lead Bede into its next stage of growth with clarity and integrity. We are looking forward to working closely with him to ensure Bede’s global transformation.”
Alex is also a founder of Bede and previously the company’s CTO. He brings a new aspect to the role of MD, prioritising software security as paramount to Bede’s future success. He is also a strong advocate of responsible gaming and aims to ensure these principals run through all aspects of Bede’s technology, values and culture.
Alex added: “Bede’s initial growth phase, where we built the team into a 160 strong workforce and conducted the largest migration in the history of the industry, has provided a firm foundation for growth. Our products and team are tried and tested, forging great potential for expansion into new markets. My primary concern will be to ensure we preserve the fantastic culture that lies at the heart of what makes Bede unique.”
In February this year, Bede launched its first internship programme to complement its already thriving apprenticeship scheme. Having been inundated with applications, we welcomed 2 students from Newcastle and Northumbria University and mentored them through real life tech experiences.
The internship lasted for 6 weeks and fitted in with the students’ studies, covering 8 hours a week. The girls were supported by members of the team and given exposure to our great tech and how it’s used in the business. Alongside a learning programme and a mini hack project to work on, gave them a real glimpse into what it is like to apply your degree to the working world.
A fantastic experience for both parties, where we received first hand insight into student needs and how we can better accommodate graduates joining our company and the girls could understand the way a company works and have a taste of professional life after uni.
We are also really pleased to announce that one of our interns won a placement at a well known Newcastle company whilst with us. Giving us further belief that inspiring students at this stage is exactly what is needed for the region and the industry.
Off the back of this success, plans are now afoot to launch a paid summer placement role to continue to support our thriving university students. Watch this space!
Bede Gaming, the award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, is continuing to build on its partnership-led approach by holding a client and key supplier day.
Bede Gaming is building an alternative route for operators, that gives them the flexibility to build their own differentiated offering on top of an established and high performing platform. This approach has been at the core of its business and appeals to a whole range of clients; from those looking to migrate platforms to those looking for a full white label.
The provider’s commitment to pursuing true partnerships with its operating partners is reflected in its approach to holding regular dialogue with its clients about its platform and how its use and are now going a step further with an upcoming VIP client day. The latest initiative in its quest to offer the highest levels of service and responsiveness.
To be held from 27-28 September, Bede will be hosting a forum and feedback session for its clients at its headquarters in the heart of the North East, Newcastle, before treating them to a fine dining experience and the British Masters golf tournament at nearby Close House.
Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “At Bede we have built our success on a foundation of treating our clients and suppliers as true partners, and ensuring that we take their feedback into account is a core part of our long-term growth strategy.
“This is the first, in what we hope will become a regular date in the calendar for all our partners.
“Hosting an event like this is reflective of our open approach to the thoughts and needs of our partners. We recognise speaking to our operators and suppliers on a regular basis is a key part in ensuring we continue to deliver products of the highest quality and shows our commitment to offering a first class service.”
Founded in 2012, Bede Gaming employs the latest in modern technology to provide secure, high-quality products to create a world class gaming experience.
The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 placed Bede Gaming at number 76th on its prestigious league table. The recognition as one of the fastest growing privately owned tech companies in the country shows the success Bede has enjoy since its inception 5 years ago.
Bede is one of many contributing to the North East’s thriving tech scene and this placement shows the talent that can be found in the region as it continues to compete on a national and international level.
The company’s inclusion in the 17th annual publication is one of many achievements by Bede over the past few years, joining awards from the likes of EGR and Dynamo for product and growth respectively. As well as being awarded ISO 27001 certification, shows the continuation of the gambling software provider’s upward trajectory towards its goal of becoming the first choice gaming platform in the industry.