Probrand Signs Landmark Deal in Scotland
Technology services provider, Probrand, has secured a landmark deal to provide computer hardware to a consortium framework covering Central and Southern Scotland led by Falkirk Council.
The agreement is in place for two years with annual renewals built in until 2014.
The framework is led by Falkirk Council and provides a pre-qualified list of suppliers that can participate in mini-tenders to drive down the cost of ICT hardware. It includes Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway Councils plus Central Scotland Fire & Rescue and the Assessor for Central Scotland.
Probrand is one of twelve suppliers to win a position on the framework and underwent rigorous inspection and technical auditing before being appointed. This latest win builds on Probrand's strong pedigree of supplying best priced products to the public sector.
John Harvey, Project Leader at Falkirk Council, said: "We are consistently looking for best value on ICT supplies and this flexible framework provides us with a structured best practice method of driving down cost. Probrand exceeded our criteria and impressed with its online IT procurement portal, www.theitindex.co.uk ."
This is the first time Probrand has won a major tender in Scotland and Managing Director, Peter Robbins said: "Our customer-centric approach is committed to driving through savings on the purchase of IT by delivering best priced products in the shortest possible time through online or traditional methods.
"Our in-house ebusiness tools bring together the entire UK IT supply chain for the benefit of our customers, giving consistently better prices and more choice. Time and budget pressured organisations are switching on to our value-driven approach combined with customer service excellence."
Probrand's online IT procurement portal www.theITIndex.co.uk is renowned amongst IT buyers and finance departments for saving time and money on the purchase of IT. It daily updates over 150,000 products from more than 2,500 manufacturers by best price and stock availability. The solution is accredited by CIPS and offers an Institute of Chartered Accountants approved 'Best Practice Best Value' approach that adds value to the bottom line.