Marlow, UK, 15 January 2014 – The North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) has added Softcat to its purchasing framework in order to provide best value networking solutions to universities and other higher education institutions across the UK. The two-year contract and optional two-year extension has an estimated framework value of £60m, and will see Softcat providing networking software, hardware and services from vendors including but not limited to HP, Dell and Cisco.
Softcat will provide networking equipment, design, implementation, maintenance and training to participating higher education establishments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also has the capability to support network solutions through its 24x7x365 Network Operations Centre. Softcat is now on every major national framework in the UK, including contracts with Software License Resellers, NEUPC Audio Visual, NSSA, NDNA, ITRAP and NEPA.
Nick Berry, Softcat’s education manager said: “Universities are under increasing pressure to provide excellent value for money for students, and many are seeking new opportunities for collaboration and unified communication in order to improve the student experience. We look forward to working closely with member institutions and assisting them in providing best value networking solutions from leading vendors including Dell, Cisco and HP. As a Platinum HP partner and a Gold Cisco partner, clients have that extra reassurance of our expertise.”
Jamie Burke, Softcat’s sales director, said: “Securing a place on the NEUPC networking framework is the perfect start to 2014 following over two years of hard work and investment by Softcat’s education team. Customers have been telling us they need to consolidate their supply chain in order to realise cost efficiencies, and that it would be great to have one trusted advisor who sit on all the national HE frameworks. Softcat can now offer our university customers print, software, audio visual, client devices, server/storage and finally networking, and customers can access all of these technologies through dedicated account management or a user friendly e-procurement portal designed from the ground up based on customer feedback.”
Softcat’s networking solutions are now available to purchase from the NEUPC Framework by member institutions.
North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd (NEUPC) is one of six UK Higher Education purchasing consortia established to deliver and manage a wide range of collaborative framework agreements designed to maximise third party expenditure within the higher education sector. NEUPC wishes to develop a national framework agreement to service the requirements of UK Higher Education Institutions and Associate members for the supply, maintenance and repair of networking equipment.
The framework will be available for use by any member institution of the UK Higher Education Purchasing Consortia:
- NEUPC North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium
- LUPC London Universities Purchasing Consortium
- NWUPC North West Universities Purchasing Consortium
- SUPC Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium
- HEPCW Higher Education Purchasing Consortium for Wales
- APUC Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (Scotland)
and by Further Education institutions that are members of the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC)
Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993, remains privately owned and currently employs 600 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £400 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 8,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.