The Finishing Line are supply chain specialists providing fulfilment, warehousing, e-commerce and transport services based in Basildon, Essex.
The Finishing Line first saw information about the TALE Project in an e-newsletter from Basildon District Council and went to the TALE website to find out more. Andy Mead, the Director for the business, called TALE and had a discussion about how TALE may be able to support the business with growth opportunities. TALE Business Support Navigator Sian Dowell visited the base to do a diagnostic and check eligibility.
The TALE Project launched a new offer called TALE Lite, which supports businesses with small but impactful projects up to £5000, including Microsoft 365, Software as a Service (SAAS) and an Operations and Processes Review. It was the Cyber Essentials offer that caught Andy’s eye; the business had just purchased a Cyber Essentials package, but had not had the time to implement it. He needed the help of a consultant to come in and review their Operations and Processes to help implement Cyber Essentials and ensure that they were compliant.
Andy knew that good cyber security is essential to any organisation and impacts on the efficiency of how it is run. With good security in place, it reduces the threat from cyber-attacks which could create issues with the running of the business and the logistics function within the organisation, including the protection of customer and supply chain and other commercially sensitive information. The project included configuration and implementation with help from an external IT company, as well as the support of the consultant. The business has been approved to receive 40% grant towards their project.