Daisy secures 81m contract

Business communications specialist Daisy Group has secured a ten year £81m contract with Essex County Council.

Daisy will work in conjunction with Updata Infrastructure to form Daisy Update Communications. Together, they will manage and develop the IT network infrastructure and related services for the council, providing to around 200,000 users.

The contracted services form part of the council's next generation network which will initially connect schools and corporate sites and has the capacity encompass other public sector stakeholders including Essex Police and Essex County Fire Services.

The deal is estimated to be worth around £20m to Daisy over the ten years. Chief executive Matthew Riley said: “This contract win is an illustration of the success we can achieve in the public sector. This is the blueprint for success for other local authorities and we look forward to being able to provide our services through the framework to reduce costs and transform access for public services to ICT.”