Belfast Telegraph

Northgate in a class of its own as it wins education charity contract

By Clare Weir

A Co Antrim company has secured a multi-million pound contract with a UK education charity.

Northgate Managed Services in Newtownabbey won the business with not-for-profit academies sponsor, E-ACT, worth £6.5m in capital allocations alone.

Northgate will engage with all of the E-ACT academies and Free Schools across the UK to deliver services ranging from supply through to implementation and management.

Each solution will be customised based on the individual needs of each academy.

Chris Meaney, director of ICT at E-ACT, said that the organisation is delighted to have teamed up with Northgate.

"The contract, which includes academies currently open as well as those opening throughout 2012, requires a supplier with extensive experience in education as well as the infrastructure and resources available to proactively manage the individual requirements of each academy," he said.

"Northgate demonstrated a clear understanding of our brief and presented a flexible and cost-effective strategy, which we are confident will enable E-ACT to create and provide a rich learning environment for all our students and a greater collaboration between all E-ACT academies and Free Schools."

Andy Ross, chief executive of Northgate Managed Services, added: "The award of the E-ACT contract is a huge endorsement of our education work to date and can only help to broaden our experience in this sector.

"We are all very much looking forward to meeting and working with the academies, learning more about their ICT needs and how we can help to create learning-rich environments."

Northgate was recently named UK IT Supplier of the Year at the British Computer Society and Computer UK Industry Awards 2011.