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MLR Networks takes health and safety at work very seriously, so we’re happy to announce that we have once again achieved Safecontractor accreditation. The rigorous testing required to retain safecontractor accreditation, provides our customers with the reassurance that all our staff are fully trained and committed to following excellent health and safety working practices.

MLR Networks, we’re on the move…

We’re delighted to announce that we are relocating our head office at St Michael’s House in Widnes to new premises in Manor Park, Runcorn.

The new offices are a huge investment for MLR Networks and will give us more office space, larger meeting rooms where we can offer demo lab for customers, as well as a purpose-built operations department.

Ian Morris, Managing Director, MLR Networks: “This is a significant investment in our office space, giving staff a much more comfortable environment to work in.  We will have a purpose-built operations department and will be able to expand the managed services team with a much NOC, as well as more meeting space for customer meetings.

The new head office will be at Unit 9 / 10, Beeston Court, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SS.

Cyber security: what’s the threat?

Traditional firewalls and AV won’t stop many advanced attacks and the threats changes so frequently, many companies are struggling to keep up. So what’s the answer? To cut through the noise, we are hosting two cybersecurity sessions at Cisco offices in Didsbury on 17th October 2018. During the session, you’ll learn about the latest security threats and what simple steps companies can take now to protect their business, as well as an end-to-end view of the Cisco security portfolio.As part of the session we will arrange for a complimentary security audit of your network. There is no cost to attend, so to register, please complete the registration form online:

Have you registered for the MLR Networks Cyber Security North Seminar on October 17th?

During the seminar you’ll learn about the latest cyber security threats from James Barratt, Head of Cyber at Cisco with some simple steps you can take to protect your network immediately.

We’ll also have a first look at Umbrella. Umbrella is a simple but effective methodology ― learn, see, block. By constantly scanning threats, it can block any attempts to infiltrate the network, whilst constantly learning and improving. All attendees will qualify for a free Umbrella trial.

We’d love to see you there, so register today to secure your place:


There’s so much talk in the industry right now about cabling standards and changes. We’ve put together the five key facts you need to know.

What is CPR?

CPR is the Construction Products Regulation, which harmonises the classifications of construction materials across Europe. For data and voice cabling specific rules were implemented in July 2016, requiring manufacturers to label all boxes of cables with its classification and provide a Declaration of Performance certificate to prove it’s compliance.

Why did this happen?

The classifications for data and voice cabling looks at their reaction to fire, specifically a range of levels for flame spread and heat release, smoke production, acidity and flaming droplets. A harmonised system of classification ensures everyone in the supply chain, installers, designers and end users can make an informed choice about what cabling to use.

How does this apply in the UK?

CPR applies across the board to all cables including data or voice which will be permanently installed in both existing and new buildings. The UK has set a new classification for cabling in the Amendment to the British Standard, BS6701 A1:2017. This came into force in November 2017 and is a higher threshold than previously used. By raising the standard, BS6701 A1:2017 will undoubtedly increase timeframes for people to safely evacuate in the event of a fire.

BS6701 A1:2017 – what does this mean?

BS6701 A1:2017 is the standard which represents current good practice for cabling and has specified a CCA, S1b,d2,a2 Euroclass as the minimum throughout the UK. This is a higher standard than we have previously seen. However, whilst this is not currently law, it is widely anticipated to become so when the 18th Edition of the UK Electrical Wiring Regulations become law some time in July 2018.

What does it mean for customers?

Many cabling manufacturers are expecting an uplift in costs to cover redesign and testing costs. New cabling is likely to increase in physical size due to an increase thickness in sheathing, which will have a knock-on effect to other items associated with the installation.

Download the factsheet from our website.

Structured Data Cabling

View Cabling the Right Way with MLR Networks. Read more on our website.

Latest Cisco Blog

Across the UK, we’ve been experiencing one of most severe winters we’ve seen for several years. Combined with a particularly virulent flu season, the odds have been well and truly stacked against an already over-stretched NHS.

No doubt, we’ve all seen press stories on how A&E departments have been forced to treat patients in corridors as surgery waiting lists rise. That’s why I was so pleased to be involved in a recent project that resulted in a new hospital opening on time and on budget.

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary boasts some of the most up-to-date technology currently available within the NHS. This includes medical grade ubiquitous WiFi throughout, which has been fully tested and accepted – and is available to all patients and staff.

Read more on the Cisco website…


Open Innovation challenges to transform Manchester with smart technologies

MLR Networks is pleased to become an Approved Installer for Connectix Cabling Systems.

Connectix is a British based manufacturer and distributor of copper cabling systems, fibre optic connectivity and racks and enclosures.

“Connectix is a great addition.  As Connectix design and test all of their components themselves as well as batch testing cabling to their own rigorous standards, we can recommend their products to our customers with confidence,” says Steve Williams, Procurement Manager at MLR Networks.  

MLR Networks is a network infrastructure specialist with over 30 years’ experience in designing, installing, testing and maintaining structured data cabling networks across the UK.

Christmas Opening Hours

MLR Networks’ office will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd, back open for business on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

For customers with support cover in place, please contact us using your dedicated support number.  For all other enquiries, please use the enquiry form on our website and we’ll get back to you in the New Year.

Please note that Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December and Monday 1st January are UK bank holidays.

From everyone at MLR Networks we hope you have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year…

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