Softcat to supply backup, archiving and networking solutions to the education sector

Marlow, UK, 16 May 2012 – The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) has appointed Softcat, among a select group of suppliers, to provide backup, archiving and networking solutions to a wide range of institutions involved in further education throughout the UK.

Softcat has been successful in adding two framework lots – ‘backup and archiving’ and ‘networking equipment’ – to the four that it was awarded by the CPC in January. The CPC had decided to defer these lots, which form part of its framework contract for ‘network hardware and services including servers and data storage’, until later in the year.

The contract is the second that the CPC has awarded to Softcat in the last two years. It has already selected the IT reseller for desktop hardware and peripherals. Many institutions within further education, as well as academies, private schools, free schools, British museums, adult education colleges and other education institutions, will now also benefit from the backup solutions, data archiving and networking solutions that Softcat offers.

Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager, commented, “This award follows hot on the heels of our Commercial Partner of the Year accolade from Cisco and winning HP’s Storage Partner of the Year Award, which should see CPC’s membership benefit from our stand-out competencies in storage, backup and networking. It’s another important step forward in our strategy to expand and grow our service offering into further education and the wider education space.”

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For more information please contact:

Robert Hayward

Resonates SLM Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 1635 898 362

softcat@resonates.com

www.resonates.com

About Softcat

Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 400 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £200 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 1,500 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.

About CPC

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) (www.thecpc.ac.uk) is owned by and run in the main on behalf of the further education sector. The CPC operates under a board containing four college finance directors, the chair of the FE Directors of Finance Group, Peter Brewer (managing director of the CPC), a representative from the procurement team at the Association of Colleges, a purchasing advisory group elected member of procurement staff from an institution, and an institution's principal.


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About SoftcatSoftcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 500 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £300 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 5,000 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.

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Softcat has been successful in adding two framework lots – ‘backup and archiving’ and ‘networking equipment’ – to the four that it was awarded by the CPC in January.
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This award follows hot on the heels of our Commercial Partner of the Year accolade from Cisco and winning HP’s Storage Partner of the Year Award, which should see CPC’s membership benefit from our stand-out competencies in storage, backup and networking. It’s another important step forward in our strategy to expand and grow our service offering into further education and the wider education space.
Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager