Gateshead IT solutions firm secures national Labour Party contract

A Tyneside IT solutions provider has signed a national contract with the Labour Party to power the party through the next General Election

Graham Stafford and Tammi Woodward of The Labour Party with Paul Beat and Michael Errington of Aspire Technology Solutions
Graham Stafford and Tammi Woodward of The Labour Party with Paul Beat and Michael Errington of Aspire Technology Solutions

A Tyneside IT solutions provider has signed a national contract with the Labour Party to power the party through the next General Election.

The Gateshead-based business, is already well on track to increase its turnover to £8m next year as it builds a bespoke on-site data centre, thanks to a £220,000 cash injection from The Journal’s Let’s Grow scheme.

That figure could now climb higher after the business signed a four-year contract with the Labour Party for an undisclosed but significant figure, to provide new computers for Labour’s two head offices in Westminster and Newcastle, as well as offices in Scotland, Wales and across the UK.

A visualisation project to centralise some back office functions, and a four-year support contract, are also included in the deal.

Graham Stafford, the party’s head of procurement, said the deal ensures Labour has the right IT infrastructure to fight for power.

He said: “Our deal with Aspire will mean the Labour Party will be well-equipped for the next election.

“This is an important operational aspect of our build-up to the next election and the contract with Aspire is the right fit for the party. This is a contract of national significance and Aspire had UK-wide competition.

“Aspire worked hard to get to know our business and understand our culture and values. They were keen to work with Labour, and their ‘can do attitude’ fits well with the party’s ethos.

Tammi Woodward, IT Manager for the Labour Party said Aspire had helped shape their IT strategy: “Nowadays, elections are very much digital campaigns so we need to have the right infrastructure and be able to react instantly to whatever is happening. The right equipment and support services are absolutely essential to us.”

Nigel Begg, managing director of Aspire, said he was delighted to clinch the deal.

He said: “It was a contract we really wanted and worked hard to get. We’re an ambitious company and although we’ll always be proud of our north east roots, we operate nationally.

“We are rapidly expanding, but it’s vitally important to us that we remain nimble enough to respond quickly to the needs of our clients, and I think this, plus our attention to detail, helped us win this contract.”

Aspire specialises in hosted services, data centre solutions, communications and traditional IT support. Its headquarters is in the landmark Heworth Hall in Gateshead but the company also has offices in London.

Earlier this year the firm announced record growth for a sixth consecutive year and announced plans to create more jobs in the coming months. The firm saw turnover increase by 52% in 2013 and is on target to achieve sales of £8m in 2014.

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