Stockton headquartered Onyx Group has been awarded a place on a telecommunications framework that will see it supply IT connectivity services for the UK education and research sector.
The initiative is being run by the charity Jisc, which aims to make the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.
As one of only 18 UK companies approved by the framework, Onyx will now be able to offer education bodies a range of connectivity solutions in a simplified and more cost-effective way. In practice, the moves means companies can purchase the services they require without having to go through a lengthy procurement process.
Onyx chief executive Neil Stephenson said: “Being awarded a place on the framework is testament to the high quality service delivered by our team over the last two decades.
“With our network ranked in the top 1% of connected networks worldwide and powering our robust wholly-owned national infrastructure, we are perfectly placed to provide education bodies with a resilient and secure solution.”
The framework agreement enables the purchase of transmission services including leased circuits, wide area Ethernet and xDSL.
It can be used by higher and further education purchasing consortia, specialist colleges and research councils in the UK.
Stephenson added: “Onyx Group is committed to helping research and education bodies benefit from high speed, reliable internet connectivity and the framework makes it possible for us to offer these solutions in a faster and more cost-effective manner.
“Having passed the tough and rigorous assessment process carried out by Jisc, institutions can purchase services confident that they are working with the very best.”
Established in 1994, Onyx Group, a national technology provider of IT infrastructure and related services to mid-market customers, now sites across the UK, including Teesside and Newcastle.
Despite facing challenging market conditions over the past three years, it has completed seven acquisitions, seeing its customer base grow to more than 200 core clients.
The group has expanded across the UK, developing new services and products that are tailored specifically to meet the needs of businesses in a number of vertical markets.
The latest framework development comes just weeks after the company was confirmed as official cloud computing suppliers to the UK public sector through the G-Cloud 5 framework.
Steve Kennett, head of operational services at Janet, which is part of Jisc, said: “The partnership between Onyx and Jisc will continue to support our vision for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. Working with trusted partners like Onyx ensures Jisc maintain value and quality for our sector.”