A Gateshead IT firm has won a £750,000 contract to provide new technology and managed services to schools across the North East.
Advantex Network Solutions Ltd, one of the region’s leading suppliers of IT and infrastructure services to the education sector, will be working with Oxclose Community Academy, Red House Academy, Farringdon Academy, Sunderland PRU, New Penshaw Academy, Plains Farm Academy and Ryhope Infants School, and Durham 6th Form College.
The company, which is also providing ongoing support for Green Lane in Middlesbrough, Holy Trinity in South Shields and Parkhead Primary in Gateshead, hopes the work will help it boost its £4m turnover by 20%.
It will also be looking to expand its 40-strong workforce with the recruitment of four IT engineers.
The new work will involve providing wireless internet servers, SIMS, telecommunications, CCTV and infrastructure support services over the next three years to provide improved computer and online services for staff and students, who will also benefit from expert technical advice and support.
A key feature of the programme will be the provision of services to enable the schools to take on increasing responsibility for the ownership and provision of classroom and office technology, technical support, internet and email services.
Advantex is also targeting further growth in the education sector.
Director Stephen O’Connell said: “These and other schools are seeing the value of using us as a single source supplier of IT managed services.
“We will be continuing to look to secure more education work on the back of this success and our experience in the sector, expanding the scope of our comprehensive IT and infrastructure work even further.
“For too long schools and academies have suffered from bad advice and little investment and have yet been paying high costs for that poor service; we want to see that trend change which can only benefit the children.”