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MD's Blog

Thoughts, views and news from David Dasher, MD of CPL Online

'Programming innovation for knowledge'

24 December 2013 12:38

HTML5 will be the new standardised markup language in the next few years and it is designed to deliver almost everything you want to do online; from animation to apps, music to movies.  

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is a system that enables programmers to achieve font, colour, graphic, and hyperlink effects on web pages. The HTML5 working group includes Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and hundreds of other vendors – including CPL Online.

We are upgrading over 35 e-learning courses to HTML5 to make online training even more accessible through your favourite devices! At CPL we strive to expand our business alongside quickly growing technology, which renovates and improves every single day. When the courses are available in HTML5 you will be able to do your training on all major browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer) as usual but now on any platform you want, including tablet, smartphone and desktop. 

The HTML5 e-learning courses will be available in 2014 – so keep your eyes peeled next year for our advanced products!

'Intranet Service'

30 July 2013 10:14

CPL Online started developing e-learning courses in 2008. In the five years that have passed, we have grown into a reputable company, providing online training for a large section of the hospitality industry and other industries besides.

We have expanded from e-learning courses into new services, such as intranet design development to meet the changing demands of a growing customer base.

So, what is an ‘intranet’? An intranet is a unique and interactive data sharing and communication package, which can provide a socially intuitive and engaging website for an entire business.

The intranets we provide are visually stunning; we can create anything you want for your intranet, whether it’s an exact replica of your organisation or another world completely; providing users with an engaging experience that allows them to access data, images, videos and other resources in an entertaining yet informative manner. We achieve this by creating a highly detailed bespoke user interface that retains the user’s interest and aides them when navigating through the system, creating a high-level of interactivity.

Other benefits of the internet service are the sophisticated communication package, which offers multiple forms of contact between users, an easy-access system that is available to users from any internet access point and complete data integration of a company’s interfaces, which to brings all the information a business needs into one central location.

To learn more about the intranet service we provide at CPL Online, please follow the link to our website here

Stonegate Intranet

The first intranet we ever created was for Stonegate Pub Company, which was launched in October 2012 and is a vibrant, online communal point for the company’s 560 sites across the UK.

'CPL charity campaign triumphs again'

26 July 2013 15:20

This Sunday six women from the CPL Training Group supported the charity Cancer Research through the UK event "Race for Life".

Race for Life is the second charity campaign CPL has been involved in this year (the last one being Red Nose Day) and it has provided an excellent opportunity for everyone in the company to get involved with the event; whether they were racing or not.

The charity campaigns help to bring everyone together - not just across the Group - but those that work in separate divisions within CPL Online. Events like Race for Life give employees the chance to integrate and create a good working atmosphere. Of course, producing great products like our e-learning courses is something to take pride in, but to see everyone in your company get along with each other is something else.

The campaigns also raise company awareness through social media; our Facebook page has seen over a 300% rise in likes and interactions (e.g. people talking about the page) in the past seven months, and the highest peaks are usually around the same time we upload pictures from charity events.

All in all, I am very proud of the girls. They’ve come together to raise money and awareness for a good cause under the banner of CPL, and I wish them all the best for next year’s Race for Life event.

You can read more about CPL's involvement in the Race for Life event here

'All systems are GO in Bridge Court'

30 May 2013 00:00

As you know, CPL Online has been expanding across three units now for several months, and everyone is settling in nicely; including all our new starters – welcome James (junior data engineer), Brian (junior web developer) Kristy (junior web developer) and Matt (junior animator).

Now we are coming to the final frontier of the expansion: finishing our original dwelling in the front unit and establishing our digital media team.

The digital media team is to be established by September; their aim is to bring another level of technological advancement within CPL Online. The team will work mainly in the green screen room in Unit 1, were all our company videos will be produced professionally in-house; which will aid towards the development of our current and new e-learning course, plus our online products.

As you can see from this YouTube video clip (please follow the link:, the digital media team will be directing CPL Online into new areas of 3D animation - and we can’t wait to see the results!

To keep updated with the expansion and CPL Online’s activities in general, please follow us on Twitter @cplelearning and like our Facebook Page

'The Custom trend'

03 May 2013 00:00

There’s a bit of a fashion trend going on at CPL Online at the minute, and it’s called Custom.

Since January 2012 we have provided 50% of our clients with custom consoles, and 30% of those clients also have had custom courses created that cover compliant topics relevant to their company. For example, Stonegate Pub Company worked with us to create their company induction course ‘Albert’s Law’, which prepares new employees before they begin their job at a Stonegate site; ensuring that everyone is safe and legal. But why are companies going bespoke?

Firstly, people don’t want a ‘one size fits all’ approach; they want their product to be extraordinary and individual. By creating something unique, whether it’s a website or indeed an e-learning course, it creates a talking point amongst employees, customers and competitors.

However, the most obvious reason for the Custom trend for us is training related. Training is perceived as a mundane task by most people and by providing a remedy to the boredom companies would not have to worry about pushing their employees into compliancy. Custom consoles and courses not only provide online, interactive training that create a high-quality learning experience, they also emphasise company branding and reaffirm the ethos of our client’s company.

Within all our client’s custom consoles you will find colours, images, logos, plus additional bespoke features such as buttons that are tailored to match their company branding and ensure fluidity throughout marketing. The familiar branding throughout the console ensures employees immediately recognise their training platform and that they associate their company and their online training as a collective entity.

At CPL Online we are committed to supporting the development of learners. Our bespoke e-learning platforms are the most efficient way for companies to train their staff and they are incredibly easy to use; and that’s why half of our clients have opted for the Custom trend.

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David Dasher
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David is Managing Director of CPL Online, part of the CPL Training Group.

CPL Online is involved in software development as well as the revolutionary e-learning platform.

With over 19 years experience within the IT sector David has worked extensively across the corporate sector developing database, marketing and management solutions.

His instrumental part in the development of our e-learning platform has helped to make it as successful as it is, with more and more companies choosing our e-learning over competitors for its use of technology, accessibility, bespoke options and a wealth of other features to assist companies in their training.

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