Softcat to supply IT related parts and accessories to Universities

Marlow, UK, 4 May 2012 – The SUPC Universities purchasing consortium has selected Softcat, along with five other suppliers, to provide IT related parts and accessories to over 100 higher and further education institutes in the UK.

Potentially worth between £26-£60m, the new framework contract will help higher and further education institutes across the UK to attain the best value for their IT parts and accessories over the next two years, although SUPC retains the options to extend the Framework for up to a further two years.

This will be Softcat’s first year on the ITRAP Framework contract. Softcat is looking forward to working closely with SUPC to deliver a service tailored to the UK’s higher and further education institutes. It will be engaging over twenty of their Education Team to deal directly with their Universities customers throughout the UK, providing a personal, ‘close touch’ service.

Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager, said, “Softcat are delighted to have been awarded a place as a supplier on the ITRAP contract. We felt this appointment was critical for the continued progression of Softcat’s brand in the higher and further education market space, and reaffirms our commitment to broadening our engagement within the sector. We’ll be looking to bring a refreshing change for the universities procuring their IT accessories and peripherals through the agreement”.   

Nick Berry, Softcat’s education business development manager, added, “After securing places on recent University print and audio visual frameworks Softcat’s inclusion on the ITRAP agreement supports our vision of becoming the number one supplier of Information Technology to this sector. Over the last 18 months Softcat have employed in excess of 100 graduates which means we have an excellent understanding of how technology is currently being used in Higher Education to both deliver and enhance the curriculum”.

Softcat is one of Microsoft’s fastest-growing public sector large account resellers. Already in 2012, it has been awarded Cisco Commercial Partner of the Year, HP’s Gold Partner of the Year, HP Storage Partner of the Year and HP PSG Partner of the Year, Mimecast Partner of the Year (for the fourth year in a row), Symantec Commercial Partner of the Year, Websense EMEA Triton Partner of the Year, and Sophos Mid-Market Reseller of the Year. In 2011, the IT provider won Security Reseller of the Year at the MicroScope Aces Awards, and became the first reseller to retain ‘Reseller of the Year’ at the CRN Channel Awards.

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 SUPC
(SUPC) Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (http://supc.procureweb.ac.uk/aboutsupc) is the largest of the six regional higher education purchasing consortia that operate throughout the UK. SUPC was formed in 1974 when a handful of universities came together for the collaborative purchase of stationery. It has now grown to a membership of over one hundred higher and further education institutions and offers its members a wide range of collaborative purchase agreements covering most commodity areas.

SUPC’s mission is to ensure that maximum competitive advantage is taken of the aggregated spend of our members, through the letting and management of contracts on their behalf.

About the ITRAP Contract
This tender is for the supply of IT Related Accessories & Parts, including components, storage devices, cables, displays, network items, peripherals, special needs/assisted technology equipment, pc security items and ancillary or miscellaneous items.

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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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The SUPC Universities purchasing consortium has selected Softcat, along with five other suppliers, to provide IT related parts and accessories to over 100 higher and further education institutes in the UK.
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After securing places on recent University print and audio visual frameworks Softcat’s inclusion on the ITRAP agreement supports our vision of becoming the number one supplier of Information Technology to this sector. Over the last 18 months Softcat have employed in excess of 100 graduates which means we have an excellent understanding of how technology is currently being used in Higher Education to both deliver and enhance the curriculum
Nick Berry, Softcat’s education business development manager
Softcat are delighted to have been awarded a place as a supplier on the ITRAP contract. We felt this appointment was critical for the continued progression of Softcat’s brand in the higher and further education market space, and reaffirms our commitment to broadening our engagement within the sector. We’ll be looking to bring a refreshing change for the universities procuring their IT accessories and peripherals through the agreement.
Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager