IT solutions provider, Stone Group, has been awarded a place on the ICT Networking and Storage Solutions contract as ‘first ranked’ supplier, operated by the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC). The award further reinforces Stone’s position as a trusted supplier to the FE sector, having been appointed to the CPC’s ICT Hardware and Peripherals Equipment framework last July.
CPC is a not-for-profit organisation and purchasing consortium, owned and run by the FE sector. Educational establishments are encouraged to procure ICT networking and storage solutions from this framework as it offers best value purchasing agreements, full compliancy with procurement regulations, and access to specialist advice.
As a fully vetted supplier to the framework, Stone Group has been awarded to three Lots, providing on-premise solutions, cloud and hybrid cloud solutions, and consultancy services to the CPC’s member organisations from 1st May.
The ICT Networking and Storage Solutions contract has been valued at around £40m and will run to 30th April 2023, with an optional extension period.
Simon Harbridge, CEO at Stone Group, commented, “Once again we’ve been recognised as a trusted supplier of a range of ICT solutions by the CPC. During the tender process we were assessed against key customer requirements and pricing factors and we’re proud to be first ranked supplier on the framework. Our appointment across all three Lots is testament to the team’s hard work and continual service development.
“FE, and the education sector a whole, has been through a turbulent and challenging year, and we’ve seen just how crucial quality networking and storage solutions have been to the continuity of teaching and students’ education. As FE institutions, schools, and academies navigate a path forwards, this technology will continue to play a vital role. This framework will allow CPC member organisations to easily source and access quality solutions at a reduced cost, while enjoying peace of mind that the supplier vetting process is already done for them and they’ll be working with a trusted, experienced, and compliant vendor.”
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