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Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) awards 3-yr telecoms framework to Pennine

Further education procurement group Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) awards Pennine three-year telecoms framework agreement.

The tender, awarded through CPC partner, Northern Procurement Group (NPG), covers provision of specialist telecommunications unified communications solutions.

It embraces three key specialisms which will be offered to CPC’s 5,171 member institutions through the Bury-headquartered company’s dedicated Unified and Mobile divisions.

These are Integrated and Unified Communications; PABX Systems, PSTN Lines, Call Packages and Billing Solutions; and Mobiles including Devices, Airtime and Services.

To secure the tender Pennine had to demonstrate it met both price and quality benchmarks set in accordance with EU Procurement Directives.

In confirming the company’s success NPG emphasised Pennine had been required to offer “the most economically advantageous tender in accordance with the published evaluation criteria.”

Pennine’s managing director Andrew Roberts said the award further highlighted the company’s strength within the education sector.

“The awarding of this tender package reaffirms Pennine’s status as a pre-eminent provider of innovative, effective and highly cost-efficient communications and networking solutions to educational institutions.

“It will allow us to build further on the enviable reputation we have forged over many years whilst serving schools, colleges and universities across the country.”

The company has completed a number of successful projects for clients in the FE sector.

These include unified communications and IP telephony solutions for Tameside’s Ashton Sixth Form College,  Liverpool City College and Huddersfield New College.

Pennine’s CPC tender will run until at least 2021 with a possible extension into 2022.