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West Midlands Public Services Network preferred supplier revealed

Virgin Media Business has been chosen as the preferred supplier for the West Midlands Public Services Network (WMPSN). 

The contract for the major regional service - that will deliver at least £1.5million savings per year - was signed today.

WMPSN is a collaboration of public service bodies to procure and run a Public Services Network (PSN) across the region, as part of the UK Government’s PSN programme.

The purpose of WMPSN is to deliver a network infrastructure for seamless shared services across the West Midlands region. The network will allow schools, hospitals, emergency services and local government offices across the region to share information and collaborate – leading to improved services and allowing staff to work more flexibly.

The project expects to save the first local authorities that have signed up to the partnership at least £1.5million per year – this figure could increase to more than £5million per year as more organisations join.

Solihull Council led the procurement on behalf of WMPSN. The initial partners along with Solihull Council are Warwickshire County Council, Birmingham City Council and Worcestershire County Council. Other members of the programme board include West Midlands Police, Herefordshire County Council and the Black Country Local Authorities.

Councillor Robert Hulland, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “On behalf of the WMPSN, I am delighted to be able to announce Virgin Media Business as our preferred supplier. We are very much looking forward to setting the wheels in motion for this project, which will deliver substantial savings for all of the authorities involved in the partnership.

“The service has also been procured to enable any public service organisation in the West Midlands (including Health, Fire, Police, Third Sector and Local Government) to enjoy these savings. Indeed, as more organisations join, the cost to all participants reduces – which will drive out greater savings.”

Mario Di Mascio, Executive Director of Sales, Virgin Media Business, said “PSNs are a great way for councils to save costs today and invest for the future.  By sharing services and the economies of scale that come from collaborative procurement, public sector agencies can transform the way they work and the services they provide citizens.

"Virgin Media Business has a strong heritage in the West Midlands both in the customers we serve and as a large employer in the region.  It’s great that we’re able to continue to invest in the area and work in partnership with WMPSN to leverage the experience we've gained through our recent successes with the likes of CambridgeshirePSN, HPSN2, YHPSN and LondonPSN. We’re very much looking forward to working with Solihull Council and its partners to deliver a service they can be proud of.”

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Media Contacts The Virgin Media Business press office 020 7861 3836, 

Sara Doggett, Virgin Media Business 07813 674230, 

About Virgin Media BusinessVirgin Media Business is the largest business-to-business Virgin brand and part of the Virgin Media group, the UK’s first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services. The division prides itself on delivering innovative, high quality solutions that break down the barriers facing UK organisations today.

Businesses and public sector organisations around the country are using the Virgin Media Business network and skilled service teams to deliver far more than just high speed connectivity.

Staff are located at 40 offices across the country, meaning Virgin Media Business really is closer to its customers. Organisations working with Virgin Media Business include Knight Frank, Telefonica, London Grid for Learning, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Cambridge County Council.

It has the UK’s only nationwide fibre optic network, carrying 35 per cent of all business broadband traffic and is already able to reach 85 per cent of businesses in the UK. 

Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 25 million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.

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