Brand-Rex launches the next generation fibre solution set

BRX0747 Brand-Rex New HI-DEX Modular Fibre SystemThe latest innovation from leading network infrastructure manufacturer provider Brand-Rex takes fibre connectivity to the next level. The Hi-Dex high density, high bandwidth pre-terminated fibre-optic cabling system is the ultimate data centre fibre cabling system. It incorporates ultra low-loss pre-terminated MT ferrule & LC connector technology in a range of patch-panels, patch-cords and pre-terminated backbone fibre cable assemblies.

The new system is designed to support data rates of 10Gbps, 40Gbps, 100Gbps, 400Gbps and beyond. It is designed with the future in mind.

As data rates increase, compliance with the optical link-loss budgets has become even more challenging to the network designer. The budget is limited to just 2.6 dB for 10Gbps transmissions and as little as 1.5 dB on a 150 metre for 100 Gbps links. Because of this, Brand-Rex has standardised on very low-loss LC and MTP® Elite connectivity and protected the transmission lines with bend insensitive high bandwidth optical fibres.

The MTP® Elite is compatible with MPO connectors but is manufactured with much tighter fibre alignment tolerances resulting in lower interface losses.

Meeting the optical budget limits is critical in current data centre cabling deployments because the total connector loss within a system channel governs the ability of the system to operate over the required distance for a any given data rate. The Brand-Rex design approach, deployed in the Hi-Dex solution, allows the designer the flexibility to incorporate multiple connections or/and achieve longer distances.

The Hi-Dex fibre system is modular, it offers an extensive suite of products including alternative fibre cassettes, chassis and panels. The A 1U Hi-Dex chassis accommodates six independent Hi-Dex fibre cassettes.

The split cassettes tray design ensures that access can be made to individual 24f cassettes without compromising other live connections. It also presents a patching field of either 24 x LC connectors (12 duplex pairs) or 12 x 12-fibre MTP connectors for 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps applications.

Troublesome polarity issues with multi-fibre MPO/MTP connectors are banished as an innovative Brand-Rex design feature allows the cassettes to be simply flipped-over to change from Alpha polarity to Beta.

To provide technicians the greater on site flexibility, the Hi-Dex cassettes can be inserted or withdrawn from both the front or rear elevation of the patch cabinet providing for flexible working practices on site.

Although essential to maintaining fibre connector integrity, dust-caps are regularly lost, abandoned and forgotten. The resulting particle and dust ingress frequently leads to higher losses and compromises data transmission. The Brand-Rex Hi-Dex solution replaces dust caps with dust and laser protection shutters ‘in-built’ into the adaptors, providing safety and significantly reducing the risk of transmission loss.

Another frequent problem for technicians is the live line management of patch-cords. The Hi-Dex design eliminates this long standing problem. The locus-based cable tracking system ensures the distance from patch adaptor to cable tie point remains constant whether cassettes are ‘in’ or ‘out’. All of the fibre utilised in the Hi-Dex solution is of a ‘bend-insensitive’ specification thereby protecting the transmission line and ensuring maximum reliability and performance.

Yet another essential design feature, surprisingly often overlooked in structured cabling systems, is that of labelling. Good labelling is essential to the avoidance of accidental disconnections resulting in disruptive and expensive downtime. The Hi-Dex solution features comprehensive labelling of individual ports, cassettes and the chassis.

Ideal for the data centre or the comms room environment, the Hi-Dex range ensures a scalable and modular upgrade from 1Gbps through 10Gbps, 40Gbps to 100Gbps on either multi-mode or single-mode fibre. Hi-Dex offers the ultimate future proofing solution for multi-gigabit fibre channel, infiniband and Ethernet technologies.

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Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit

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Katrin Naefe on: +44(0)1295 256138
Phil Turtle on: +44 (0) 7867 780676
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Brand-Rex Software Plugs the Infrastructure Gap

Called Brand-Rex SmartPatch Connectivity Management Software, this new hardware-agnostic software suite is a complete end-to-end infrastructure management tool capable of real time monitoring of all end-to-end connectivity and can be patched into network management tools and physical aspects of the IT infrastructure. The software covers all elements of the network from the user’s connection through the building, data centre and the outside plant across campus and enterprise networks.

Announcing the new software suite, Brand-Rex product manager Erwin Deeben said: “Many separate components of Building Management Systems have converged onto the single IP/Ethernet building network meaning, that both IT and Facilities Management need constant access to the network’s physical and logical details, integrating those components into the IT domain.

“This has been an ongoing challenge in data centre environments for many years where IT has held this information and Facilities Management have not had access.

“Finally, with the launch of SmartPatch Connectivity Management Software, Facilities Management, IT, networking and any other relevant departments can have instantaneous access to real-time, fully documented information.”

The SmartPatch software combines all sources of information into a single real-time database which allows reliable tracking of connectivity, utilisation reporting and location of physical devices.

The software is totally hardware agnostic with the ability to integrate through an API (application program interface) into building management systems (BMS); network operations centres (NOC); data centre integrated management systems and any other software systems that the user desires.

Brand-Rex’s new SmartPatch Connectivity Management Software supports implementation of an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the most widely adopted approach for IT Service Management in the world. ITIL provides a practical, no-nonsense framework for identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to the business. The combination of unique features makes SmartPatch Connectivity Management Software an indispensable tool for managing your physical network and assets :

• Real-time monitoring and management of physical connectivity
• Integrates with IT Service Management tools & databases
• Network, Asset, Helpdesk & Facilities management systems
• Operates on multiple network/database platforms
• Supports Change, Configuration & Incident Management Processes
• Powerful reporting & search capability
• Extends existing network, help desk, management tools down to layer 1
• Modular build – s/w only – migrate passive to intelligent system
• Records all incidents affecting physical infrastructure
• Manage LAN and OSP connectivity

Possibly one of the most important and unique features of SmartPatch Connectivity Management Software is that it does not impose its own operational processes on a business. Instead it has been specifically written so that it can be used to supports and adapt to each business’s unique existing processes.

The software is available on a licenced basis for deployment on your own server or is available on a hosted Software-as-a-Service basis. Users access it via web interfaces on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

For more information on the new SmartPatch Connectivity Management Software please visit


Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit

For further press information please contact:
Katrin Naefe on: +44(0)1295 256138
Phil Turtle on: +44 (0) 7867 780676
Turtle Consulting Group

EcoCooling joins the Node Pole Alliance

EcoCooling, the leaders in direct-air evaporative cooling, has joined the Node Pole Alliance, an active international network of over 80 world leading knowledge partners coming together to build the data centres of the future.
The Node Pole region encompasses three municipalities in the very north of Sweden, just by the Arctic Circle, and has the potential to become a global hub for data traffic. This is mostly due to its reliable power infrastructure, the ample supply of low cost renewable hydroelectric energy and low air temperatures ideal for natural cooling.
The Alliance members are companies from the technology and construction sectors who combine their knowledge and experience to build world-class data centres.
“We are very proud to have been able to join the Node Pole Alliance”, said Alan Beresford, MD at EcoCooling. “The direct-air evaporative cooling systems we have developed are ideal for the climate in the Node Pole region and make the most of the resources available.”
Air temperatures so close to the Arctic Circle are not only cool enough to make refrigeration in data centres redundant – they can even be too cold for the IT equipment. Some systems shut down if the temperature drops below 14 degrees Celsius. EcoCooling has designed patented control systems and atemperation processes to keep the cooling air within a tightly controlled temperature band – typically 18 to 21 degrees Celsius.
By joining the Node Pole Alliance EcoCooling will work alongside some of the most innovative companies like Hydro66, Vattenfall, Facebook, KnC Miner and ABB.


About EcoCooling:
Established in 2002, EcoCooling is a UK based manufacturer of direct-air evaporative coolers.

Brand-Rex opens doors to new Customer Experience Centre and R&D labs

Brand-Rex, the leading data networking solutions provider, hosted customers and local community representatives at the official opening ceremony for the new R&D laboratory and Customer Experience Centre in Glenrothes, Scotland. Guest of Honour was Sir David Murray Chairman of Murray Capital.

Martin Hanchard, CEO Brand-Rex said:” We are delighted to welcome so many good friends of Brand-Rex to the official opening ceremony of what represents a significant investment in the future of the company. The new facilities not only demonstrate our continued commitment to basic research and innovation but also the faith we place in a highly qualified and creative engineering team here in Glenrothes.

“We operate in a fast evolving and extremely competitive global market place that demands constant innovation in new enabling technologies. With this investment and additional investments planned in our High Performance Laboratories in Leigh, Manchester we are further extending our ability to meet the needs of our customers today and into the future wherever the internet of things may take us.”

Kennedy Miller, technology and ecology manager, guided attendees through the company’s outstanding commitment to the environment highlighting the company’s carbon neutral status and the introduction of a range of carbon neutral products. Brand-Rex is set to meet its target of 25% carbon reduction during 2015.

Miller explained that sustainability is not only about social responsibility, it’s a profitable activity. “A £300k investment has resulted in £1million of cost savings over three years,” he said, “and of course the cost savings recur each year.” Miller also mentioned a number of large projects secured for which the company’s ecological credentials had been a key deciding factor.

Technical marketing manager, Eddie McGinley, explained the company’s R&D roadmap including new products for 40 Gigabit/s, 100 Gigabit/s and 400 Gigabit/s applications. He explained the need for constant R&D and new higher speed products to meet the datacentre and enterprise markets’ requirements to handle an exponentially growing amount of data transmission.

Brand-Rex chief administration officer George Hannides gave the local flavour by outlining the company’s involvement in the local community supporting youth activities, schools and local charities. He also announced that Brand-Rex would be increasing its local support by 25 per cent in the following year.

RIP Steve Gold – Internationally acclaimed technology journalist and Turtle team member

Steve Gold    (Booted up 15 January 1956 – Logged off 12 January 2015)

Steve Gold, who died from complications arising from a heart operation on January 12th 2015, was an internationally renowned expert and commentator in the field of IT crime and cyber terrorism.

This stemmed from his 11 years of experience, which culminated in his role as a senior internal auditor/fraud investigator in the National Health Service.

As a journalist Steve has been specialising in communications as well as IT security for approaching three decades.

He has written on a freelance basis for a number of titles, including Accountancy Age, Computer Weekly, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Euromedia, the Guardian (IT and healthcare sections), IPTV, Micro Decision, Mobile News, Personal Computer World, The Review (Gemalto’s house business magazine) and The Times.

He assisted and co-wrote later editions of the Hackers Handbook, alongside Professor Peter Sommer, which was published in six editions between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. It was a seminal communications book of its time and sold in excess of 60,000 copies.

Steve started his full-time journalistic career as a staff writer on Microscope in 1986 and helped launch PC Dealer, a trade computer reseller magazine the following year, where he rapidly moved from technical editor to editor in the space of four years.

He left the title to pursue a freelance career in 1991, helping Paul Robinson to found SC Magazine, the world’s first dedicated IT security news publication in 1994, as freelance news editor, a position he held until Paul sold the title to Haymarket Publishing in 2004.

In parallel with this, he helped a fellow team of US, Canadian and Australian writers launch and evolve a pioneering IT newswire – Newsbytes News Network – in the US in 1985. He and his colleagues later went on to sell the highly successful newswire to the Washington Post in the early 2000s.

In 2004 he joined Infosecurity Magazine as a contributor and soon became technical editor, assisting a succession of editors over a period of seven years in evolving both the print and online publications as the IT security industry developed and matured.

At his death, he was group editor for LGN Media, which publishes Cloud Computing World, Lawtech Magazine and Netcomms Europe. He also contributed to the news pages of SC Magazine on a regular basis.

Steve had also been a key member of the team at Turtle Consulting for more than 15 years. He was never to busy to squeeze in an emergency press release or feature article. Always cheerful and the fount of knowledge on all things technical and a source of inspiration to us all.

Taken from us far too early and sorely missed.  We offer our sincere condolences to Steve’s family and friends.



Friends of Steve’s are planning a memorial website  Will anyone with material that they feel might be suitable for a “memorial” website please sent it to


Who on Earth would use a Data Centre in Norfolk?

GVA0059-MigsolvNorfolkDataCentre_Hall1-of-two_DataHalls“Who wouldn’t, if they knew that facts?” was the reply from Charles Carden, director at GVA Connect, the specialist data centre division of international real estate agent GVA.

Announcing the availability of some 30,000 square feet or 1,200 racks-worth of space which is ready for customer install in this operational data centre; Carden explained that, in terms of terrorist threat levels and costs, the Gatehouse data centre operated by MigSolv in Norwich is on a different plane to those in The City and in urban centres.

“With the UK currently on a ‘Severe’ terrorist threat alert, we all know that the capital, London, and other major cities are the key targets. Norfolk on the other hand is not seen to be on any likely target list, and as such is a much lower risk area for highly critical storage and data processing,” Carden continued.

The MigSolv Gatehouse data centre not only benefits from being ‘out of the way’ and not in the line of terrorist threat, it has nonetheless been built to the highest levels of security and sustainability.

Two large data halls are separated by a massive bomb-blast earth mound so that in the very unlikely eventuality of an event at one, the other is fully protected. The perimeter of the nine acre site is protected by a three metre steel fence with microwave intrusion detection along its entire length. Plus, there’s CCTV and infra-red on the outside of the site and biometrics on the inside so there’s no possibility of unwanted visitors to your racks.

“It will be a surprise to many people,” says Carden, “but there’s quite a large technology community in Norwich – meaning that MigSolv doesn’t have to farm out its facilities management or security. The entire site is staffed by MigSolv employees.”

The site is very well connected, with a number of mainstream Tier 1 carriers on site with dual redundant connectivity. And, unlike London, the electrical supply is not in short supply. Norwich has an abundance of power availability and the site also has UPS and generators provided on an ‘n+1’ basis for guaranteed 99 per cent uptime.

Many of the London data centres are in London Docklands which according to the UK Environment Agency is on a 20 year flood-plane (that means on average it floods every twenty years). The Gatehouse data centre is 39m above sea level, in other words the likelihood of flooding is: probably never.

Another big plus for clients of the MigSolv Gatehouse data centre is that the entire site is PCI DSS compliant for the processing and storage of credit card and other financial transaction data. Surprisingly few data centres carry this accreditation. A long list of accreditations and standards employed can be found on the MigSolv website here:

“Unlike many of the data centre properties available through GVA Connect, this data centre is up and running with fully operational technical space available immediately,” said Carden, adding that parties interested in discussion requirements from one rack through to 30,000 square feet should contact him on +44 207 911 2529 or



Property multimillionaire Glenn Armstrong launches Home Study Course for would-be Property Investors

4 Day Home Study Image‘Golden Ticket’ included for early responders to spend four days learning in person with Glenn Armstrong

Self-made multimillionaire Glenn Armstrong is celebrating ten years making profit from property investment by launching an eight-DVD home-study version of his highly successful Property Intensive training course (

Launching the home study course, Armstrong said: ”With the growing interest in property investment such as Buy-to-Let (BTL) and the upcoming freedom to withdraw pension-pots it is very important that people study and understand the complex property market. They need to understand the many pitfalls and risks that aren’t apparent to the average person before they start risking their pension money or savings.”

Over the ten years that Armstrong has been building his portfolio of 243 BTL properties, and refining his property investment strategies, he says he’s learned a lot the hard way. ”With the amounts of money involved it’s possible to make financially disastrous mistakes,” Armstrong states, “I know, I came close to disaster several times in my early days.

“But, in those days there were no teachers, no mentors. That’s why I now love to teach and mentor other people – so they don’t have the same risks and near disasters that I had.” The eight-DVD Glenn Armstrong Property Intensive Home-Study course is just £297+VAT. To find out more please visit

As a massive bonus, to celebrate his ten successful years of property investing, Glenn is including for the time being, a free Golden Ticket to attend one of his live four-day Property Intensive training courses as well. (The live four-day Property Intensive course normally sells at £1,200+VAT.)

”This way, people get the best of both worlds,” Armstrong said. “They can watch the DVD course to gain a basic understanding. Then they can attend the live training event and ask all the questions that they need answering.”

Phil Turtle, one of Glenn’s former students and now a mentee said, ”There’s so much valuable information packed into the four day course that I’ve attended twice already. His mentorship advice has already helped me avoid two properties on which I’d have unwittingly made a loss.

“Glenn also runs a mentorship program for graduates of the Property Intensive course and, unlike many mentorship programmes, you actually get mentored by the man himself, not by less-experienced staff. That’s very unusual,” Turtle concluded.

More information and an ordering page for the Property Intensive Home-Study course (including the free Golden Ticket to attend a live four-day course) can be found here:

Course Contents

Contents of the Armstrong Property Intensive home study course includes six key property strategies:

#1. Sourcing properties for financial success

#2. Renovate and sell properties fast for profit

#3. Build a £3k-10k per month cash positive portfolio

#4. BoGoF – Buy one property, get one free, adding £100k to the value

#5. Creating a £10k per month cashflow, without owning any of the properties.

#6. How to protect yourself against interest rate rises and buying a house for £1 down.

The Glenn Armstrong Property Intensive course also teaches students analytic techniques so they can ascertain which strategies will work in which geographic areas. “There is no such thing as a strategy for all areas,” warns Armstrong, “and you need to be able to understand how fluid the market is so that you can recognise when the waves of change (that flow in and out of London) affect the strategies to use in your chosen area.”

After students learn how to market for suitable property and role-play how to successfully interact with Estate Agents and how to negotiate with vendors, the course steps up to some very advanced techniques such as:

– Long-stop Completions – what are they and what they are used for

– Option agreements

– Lease Options versus Delayed Completions

– Joint Ventures

More information and ordering page for the Property Intensive Home-Study course (including the free Golden Ticket to attend a live four-day course) can be found here:


Glenn Armstrong Review – Property Developer and Teacher

GlennArmstrongPropertyInvestorAndTeacher-HeadAndShouldersGlenn Armstrong’s story is not one of instant success, but of learning in the school of hard knocks.

Very early in life, Armstrong discovered that there are better ways to make money than a job working for others.

The video rental years

Whilst studying mechanical engineering at Milton Keynes College, back in the early days of VCR’s and videotapes, Armstrong started to augment his meagre wages, as a draughtsman with Marconi, by lugging a large suitcase full of videotapes door-to-door in Milton Keynes. He rented out the videotapes overnight picking them up the next day.

Soon realising that a lot of his potential customers didn’t yet own a very expensive (In those days) VCR machine Armstrong invested in several and started renting those out overnight too! It wasn’t long before he packed in his job with Marconi!

So successful did this operation become that eventually it made sense to open a videotape hire shop. One shop ‘Wunday Videos’ led to another and another; until eventually, Armstrong owned 13 shops and had begun franchising out the Wunday Video brand. By now, videotape hire was becoming mainstream and Armstrong received a number of offers from the growing video-hire chains including Blockbuster. In 1980 Armstrong sold out for £1.5 million to a Blockbuster competitor; the then rapidly growing Videostore plc (part of Binatone). Passionate about cars, to celebrate, Glenn swapped his old Avenger for a Lotus.

Unfortunately, most of Armstrong’s payout had been in Videostore plc shares – which he couldn’t sell inside 18 months. And before he could cash any of them Videostore plc went bust taking with it Glenn’s entire paper fortune.

Boom to bust

As a result of his shares suddenly becoming valueless, the bank foreclosed on Armstrong. He lost his house and was made bankrupt – albeit through no fault of his own. Except, perhaps, for being a little naïve and trusting that Videostore plc was a going and growing concern. However, as Armstrong regularly says, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

Taxi driver

With no income and a wife and child to sport, Armstrong took to driving a taxi around Milton Keynes. He worked incredibly long hours driving the taxi to not only pay for food and a roof over their heads. However, ever the entrepreneur, soon his efforts allowed him to buy a second taxi.

With a second taxi bringing in money, he carried on working just as hard until he could afford a third then a fourth.

Starting taxi driving had been an emergency measure to get food on the table and somewhere to live. But once these basic needs were in hand, Armstrong’s motivation to work ridiculous hours (often 100 hours a week) all came down to a question he’d asked a Ferrari garage owner some years before.

“What types of people buy Ferraris?” had been Armstrong’s question. “40 per cent are IT specialists and 40 per cent are property investors,” had been the reply.

Knowing full-well that he was never going to be an IT specialist, Armstrong decided that property investment would be the only way he’d ever get his Ferrari – especially after having been so close to being able to afford one before the crash of his Videostore plc shares.

But he also knew that to invest in property he needed capital and building up the taxi fleet was a way to do that.

Computer game distribution

Eventually, after three years Armstrong had built the fleet to 30 taxis and was making £3,000 a week. He now turned his attention to the brand new market of computer games first doing mail order and eventually becoming a distributor to other retailers. This seemed to be a massive business opportunity and soon outstripped the taxi fleet which he sold off. After three years the computer games business was turning over £12million a year.

But then along came big bad Tesco and decided to use its might to take the computer games market off the smaller guys and have all the profits for themselves. A familiar tale I’m sue you’ll agree, Glenn’s buoyant business soon slowed down to a crawl and eventually there was nothing else to do but admit defeat and give it up.

Glenn decided that the time had come to stop following emerging market fads and find a business that was solid and would stand the test of time.

This was now 2004 and recalling that property investors drove his beloved Ferrari’s and observing that fifty per cent of the Rich List made their millions through property (and the other fifty per cent kept their capital in property) Armstrong decided it was time to try his hand in this long established market.

Armstrong chooses property

He started buying properties to rent out (now called buy-to-let). However, after buying six properties, his capital of circa £120k was all tied up in deposits and it was looking as though thoughts of building a large property portfolio might be thwarted.

But strongly believing that where there’s a will there’s a way, Armstrong set about studying the property market, the legal framework and the mortgage market and came to discover that there were much more advanced strategies that could be employed to buy properties. Fully legal strategies, acceptable to the mortgage lenders, which required far less capital per property. (Armstrong points out to his property students, of whom more later in this article, that the legal and mortgage landscape was of course very different to that in our current times of austerity, such techniques would not work today).

With his creative investment strategies, Armstrong figured that if he worked at it really hard he ought to be able to buy one property a week. So he set himself the target of buying 52 properties in 52 weeks, a target that, in fact, he achieved in just 48 weeks. “So I gave myself the rest of the year off,” he quips! Adding that there were in fact only four weeks of the year left.

With his family’s future now secured, Armstrong could have sat back and simply lived on the rental income, but that is not the measure of the man.

As he happily confesses, he’d got the property bug and states that he wouldn’t have believed it possible to have so much fun and earn money at the same time. A claim he still makes today.

“Property has never once felt like work,” Armstrong says,” and it’s highly intellectually challenging too, with lots of time spent constructing finance deals and consulting accountants and barristers to make sure we’re always on the right side of the very complex laws relating to properly and finance.”

The love of teaching

Along the way, Armstrong also studied NLP (neuro linguistic programming) – the basis of highly effective communication and training. He discovered that he really loved teaching. Combining the love of property with the newly discovered enjoyment of teaching, he started to teach people the property strategies that were working for him.

Many years of teaching later and Armstrong is still very much a full-time property investor with teaching as a combination of hobby and side-line.” The vast majority of my income comes from the property portfolio and my property development business,” Armstrong confirms, ”with just a couple of per cent coming from the various training courses and the mentorship programs that I run. I teach to help people enter this fantastic business – and to help them avoid some of its many pitfalls and minefields.”

Armstrong now controls a property portfolio valued at over £30 million within which he and his wife own some 243 properties but control many more – a vast change from the taxi-driving days. And as a self-confessed car obsessive, he finally got that Ferrari he’d wanted for so long, a model 430 in 2007.

Armstrong is rightly proud of the fact that he now has 58 past students who have become property millionaires in their own right and all of whom are happy to attest that their success is as a direct result of his teaching and mentorship.

“I intend to help many more achieve millionaire success,” says Armstrong, ”because I firmly believe that its so much easier and less risky for others with the help and advice of someone who’s done it already.”

“And because I get a real buzz from helping my students achieve their own success.”

A dream achieved

In 2014, to celebrate ten years in the property game and having the stability from adopting a prudent low-gearing approach which leaves his portfolio well protected against interest rate rises, he decided that it was now time to start building his car collection. So, in 2014, he’s changed his Ferrari to a 458 and has added a Rolls-Royce Ghost and an Aston Martin DB9 convertible to his collection.

“Some people call this ostentatious,” Armstrong muses, “but none of them are brand-new and for me it’s a lifelong dream to own these cars. And, quite frankly, I think success deserves a reward!

“I always teach my students not to spend money on cars until they are financially-free. From then on, you just work out how many extra BTL properties you need to fund the car of your dreams.”  (Find out about Glenn’s Property Courses and Mentoring at

The future

At 55, Armstrong has by no means finished his property career. Instead, he is continuing to grow the business by entering into joint ventures with many of his most successful students. As Armstrong explains,” access to capital can often hold property investors back, but with my track record I now have banks and private investor groups anxious to invest in our projects. For those students who graduate through to my partnership program, they get access to my sources of funding for their projects. They also get me as an active partner, inspecting every property and analysing the financials – to ensure that the project will be successful and make a profit.

“The lenders know that with me involved, each project will be a low-risk investment and the student-partner and I share the profit. From my student-partners’ point of view, sharing the profit on a project that’s going to definitely turn a profit is a far better scenario than having 100% of the risk.

“Even multimillionaires, solicitors and accountants come to me to help them on their more complex projects. And none of them are tied-in so, as they get more skilled, they do the simpler projects on their own, but come back to Uncle Glenn for the more involved ones.

“It’s become like an extended family of property enthusiasts,” says car-obsessed, property-smitten multi-millionaire Glenn Armstrong. “It’s still the most amazing fun!”


London’s West Thurrock Set To Become The New ‘Slough’ for Outer London Data Centres

GVA Connect, the agent for London’s 50MVA Gateway Data Centre in West Thurrock today reveals that new connectivity to the site via Zayo networks puts the entire West Thurrock site at the centre of both pan-European and US fibre networks – seeding the area as the second major outer London data centre park to eventually rival Slough.

Said Charles Carden, director of GVA Connect, the specialist data centre division of international real estate agent GVA, “We had already announced significant connectivity for the Gateway Data Centre in West Thurrock, but the potential of the Zayo dual redundant diverse routed fibre network into the equation is a total game changer for the area.”

The Zayo network, which is within 50m of the site, diversely passes the East and North cable entry points and offers a diversely routed 432 cable enabling pan-European and US fibre networks for occupiers and a full suite of network services; dark fibre, WDM networks, MPLS/ VPLS networks, VPN’s and Tier-1 IP services.

The network (see long haul network map here has diverse routing to major data centre locations London Docklands and Slough as well as direct to Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin and the USA.

The Gateway Data Centre facility is located close to the M25 London Orbital motorway and with easy physical and electronic access to the UK’s financial centres in The City and London Docklands.

Gateway Data Centre consists of a 2.3 hectare site designed to have 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq. ft.) of white space with a gross internal floor area of 19,500 square metres (210,000 sq. ft.). With up to 50MVA of power potentially available, the Gateway Data Centre is ideal for high density as well as normal density computing uses and is only a few kilometres away from the New York Stock Exchange’s disaster recovery and European Hub data centre in Basildon.

The new Gateway Data Centre already has all necessary planning permissions and is a secure site within an existing trading estate. It can be rapidly delivered as either: ‘Shell and Core’, ‘Powered Shell’, or it can be ‘Fully Fitted’ to customer requirements.
The connectivity possibilities announced today are in addition to those offered by BT, KPN, Vodafone (Cable and Wireless), Level 3 and Fujitsu whose own data centre is a very close neighbour in this area. Further data centres in this West Thurrock area are already being planned.

Fully consented plans are available for the Gateway Data Centre including the conversion of the existing building and these can be viewed by contacting Charles Carden at GVA Connect’s London Stratton Street office. Or visit

Brand-Rex announced as European Business Awards Finalist

Brand-Rex, the leading data networking solutions provider, has been announced as one of twelve UK finalists for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

The company’s entry into the awards is a direct result of its success in the prestigious Scottish VIBES Awards (Vision In Business for the Environment in Scotland) in the Management category in 2011 and the Energy Management and Efficiency category last year.

“We are proud to have been selected as one of the only four UK finalists in the Management category”, said Martin Hanchard, CEO, Brand-Rex. “It is testament to the efforts of the team to achieve such international recognition for our efforts to make Brand-Rex the most sustainable network cabling company.”.

“For Brand-Rex, environmental considerations are a firm part of technology and innovation processes. Feedback from our customers and partners encourages us to continue this way. I would encourage every company to follow our lead as properly managed ecology actually pays dividends in profitability as well as global citizenship.”

The EBAE awards are presented by the European Commission every two years and aim to recognise and reward European companies that set an example by successfully bringing together innovation, economic viability and environmental concerns.

Brand-Rex technology and sustainability manager Kennedy Miller adds: ”We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and have an audited track record to prove it.

“Our environmental processes and policies already go further than legally required and we intend to stay ahead in years to come.”

There are four award categories in which companies are rewarded for management practices, products, processes and international business cooperation activities that contribute to economic and social development without detriment to the environment.  Brand-Rex is competing in the Management category for the The Pathway to Carbon Neutrality and 2015 for 2020: 20 Steps we can make by 2015 for a better vision of our future projects and will compete on the European stage against winners from 28 countries.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 1st December 2014 in Lyon.




About the European Business Awards for the Environment:

The European Business Awards for the Environment were established by the European Commission Environment Directorate-General in 1987.

EBAE activities take place at both national and European levels, with participation open to companies from all EU Member States and candidate countries. Companies must first succeed in their national competition, before they can participate in the bi-annual European Business Awards for the Environment. Submission of entries is managed by national coordinating bodies. This two-level process means EBAE winners are the best of the best: the most far-sighted, responsible and innovative companies in Europe.



Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications.  Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit


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