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Wincanton signs £5.8m deal for Vanco Wan

Distribution and supply chain specialist Wincanton has signed a £5.8m, three-year deal with global virtual network operator Vanco to design, implement and manage its wide area network. Vanco will deliver the network to 357 Wincanton sites in 11 European countries.

Essex council in £5m outsourcing contract

Castle Point Council in Essex has awarded Steria a five-year, £5m IT outsourcing contract. In addition to the provision of an off-site datacentre, a key element of the contract is Steria's Intelligent Service Desk. This will provide a single point of contact with Steria for council staff, managing all technical enquiries and support.

Hotel giant signs up Mediasurface for net

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a £600,000 deal with Mediasurface to provide a consolidated worldwide intranet and extranet for up to 30,000 users. Operating in nearly 100 countries worldwide, IHG operates seven brands, including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza.

Futuremedia on course for CPS learning

The Crown Prosecution Service has awarded a two-year contract to Futuremedia to develop customised courses for the service's learning and development department. The contract provides for an initial payment of up to £350,000, expected upon delivery of the first order, currently anticipated for the end of March 2005, and could result in additional revenues depending on the number of courses developed.

Elyo broadbanddeal for Kingston

Energy company Elyo has awarded a £120,000, three-year contract to Kingston Communications to roll out a broadband virtual private network across more than 50 sites, using Kingston Communications ADSL 2000 (broadband). Elyo said it had already made a 75% saving in time and costs by implementing the system, which facilitates remote and mobile working.

Midland cashes in with university payroll

The University of Bolton is purchasing an integrated payroll and human resources system from Midland HR & Payroll Solutions in a deal worth £175,000.

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