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 Monday.
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.”