Public sector battlefield heats up as contracts up for grabs

Public sector battlefield heats up as contracts up for grabs

A number of large unified comms providers have gone through a ‘demanding’ selection process to be considered for a selection of public sector contracts.

Ten lots for the Network Services Framework were up for grabs, including mobile voice and data, call centres, CCTV and telephony systems.

Azzurri Communications and Daisy Group secured places on these lots after competing against the likes of BT, Vodafone UK, Virgin Media and Freedom Communications.

The Network Services Framework allows public sector bodies to obtain ICT services from vetted providers. It pre-approves suppliers, and assesses companies based on experience, company size and reputation, as well as on financial stability. Public bodies then approach these suppliers in the appropriate lot for proposals.

Azzurri CEO Chris Jagusz explained that the framework recognises strong performers in the market, enabling companies to gain greater access to the public sector.

He described the win as ‘hugely important for the company’, after Azzurri received 9 out of 10 lots. He said: ‘This is hugely important for Azzurri in several ways. Firstly, it gives the business access to a huge addressable market in the public sector.

‘Secondly, it is testament to the breadth of our portfolio, the quality of our partnerships, and the strength of our references. It unequivocally shows Azzurri to be more than capable of competing and succeeding on the largest of stages.’

The particularly good news for Daisy, who recently acquired Phoenix IT with intentions to become a ‘mid-market powerhouse’.

The distributor received 10 out of 10 available lots, with Andy Riley, Head of Local and Central Government and Frameworks Director, explaining it allows Daisy to strengthen its public sector portfolio.

He said: ‘This means that as well as continuing to help public sector bodies introduce innovative solutions to meet demanding savings targets, we are able to make available our market leading portfolio to all public sector organisations. We are keen to quickly work closely with public sector customers to help them understand how the agreement can best fulfill their needs.

‘We are tremendously proud of Daisy’s role in helping develop and realise the Government’s vision for a digital future, so we are delighted to be part of this new iteration of the framework agreement.’






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