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Novosco seals £10m deal with London housing association

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland cloud computing firm Novosco has secured a deal worth over £10m with a major London housing association.

The Belfast-based firm has won the business with Notting Hill Housing, which manages nearly 32,000 properties across London.

As part of the five-year deal, Novosco will provide IT services, including service support and delivery, application management, ICT commodity services, and strategic planning.

The latest deal makes Notting Hill Housing the third top London housing association in Novosco's portfolio of clients.

Novosco has already worked for organisations including Swan Housing, which manages over 10,000 homes in the south of England, Northwards Housing based in Manchester, and Radius, which has some 33,000 homes in Northern Ireland.

Novosco managing director Patrick McAliskey said: "Notting Hill is one of the largest housing associations in London, and we look forward to providing it with an innovative service across a wide range of areas including service desk, security, and disaster recovery.

"Our team has unrivalled experience and expertise working in the sector, which has been a key factor in us securing the contract."

Andrew Muir, group director of corporate services at Notting Hill Housing, said: "With so many residents relying on us every day, it is absolutely vital that our IT systems are efficient, stable and secure.

"For that reason, we look forward to working with Novosco, who have a proven track record in providing a high quality service to the housing sector and beyond."

Novosco employs almost 150 people and has offices in Belfast, Manchester, Dublin and Cork. Last year it acquired English specialist IT security solutions and managed services expert NetDef.

It recently spent over £1m to double the size of its offices in Belfast, with a new 11,000 sq ft premises in the Concourse 3 building of Catalyst - formerly known as the Northern Ireland Science Park.

Novosco was named IT Team of the Year at this year's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank.

Mr McAliskey said he was "thrilled that the work, dedication and skills of our team" had been recognised at the awards.

And two years ago, the company took home the top prize of Overall Business of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.

As a managed cloud computing provider, Novosco builds IT infrastructure for large organisations, such as NHS trusts.

The business emerged from two companies in 2007. Mr McAliskey first set up Real Time Systems back in 1994, and 13 years later, joined forces with IT entrepreneur John Lennon's 4sol to form Novosco.

Mr McAliskey has also made the all-Ireland shortlist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The final takes place in October.

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