Viglen wins place on expanded Essex public sector procurement framework

IT integrator Viglen has been accredited for inclusion on the Essex Online Partnership (EOLP) Framework, covering 16 council organisations working together on ICT projects across Essex.

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IT integrator Viglen has been accredited for inclusion on the Essex Online Partnership (EOLP) Framework, covering 16 council organisations working together on ICT projects across Essex.

For the first time the framework is also being run in collaboration with the NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), which has boosted the number of organisations involved in the framework to 64.

As a contractor for information systems hardware and associated services, Viglen has partnered with Toshiba for laptops and Hitachi Data Systems for storage solutions for the framework.

The framework contract runs for the next four years, until November 2017, and is for the supply of an estimated 100,000 devices in total.

It enables member public sector organisations to access an online catalogue of products from suppliers, to make procurement "simple, efficient and compliant with EU procurement regulations", said the Essex Online Partnership (EOLP), which was formed in 2002.

LPP is a membership organisation founded and funded by NHS organisations. It supports the NHS to make the most of its combined purchasing power.

Viglen chief executive Bordan Tkachuk said: “I know that this joint procurement initiative has already benefited councils by allowing them to negotiate exceptional pricing for market leading products.

“With the involvement of LPP we now have the opportunity to work with NHS organisations too. Now, more than ever before, it is vital that every NHS penny is spent wisely to retain, redesign and improve healthcare services.”

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