10 new jobs to be created in 2014, another 5
expected in the following two years.
Datapac, one of Ireland’s largest indigenous ICT solutions providers, confirmed on Thursday 13th March that it had been awarded an €11M ICT consumables contract by the Office of Government Procurement. This two year contract, with an option of a further 12 months extension, will allow Datapac to grow its business and create 15 new jobs.
Established in 1982, the company provides a wide range of technology solutions and services from its offices in Dublin, Wexford and Belfast, to private and public sector organisations throughout Ireland. Datapac said that this new contract follows a strong start to 2014 which has enabled it to make a strategic decision to grow its business. The new jobs will be based across all of Datapac’s locations, with 10 of the roles being created this year, and the additional 5 positions being created over the following two years. These new positions will include sales, marketing and logistics roles.
The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) is part of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. It has been given the remit to centralise public sector procurement arrangements for common goods and services.
It is believed that Datapac was awarded the contract based on its proven ability to deliver a seamless customer experience and sustainable cost savings across a vast range of ICT consumable products. In 2012, it was awarded an €8M contract by the National Procurement Service to provide a similar range of services. This new contract however will see Datapac provide a much more comprehensive portfolio of technologies and consumables to the public sector.
Brian Hayes T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) said at the awarding of the contract,
“The award of this contract to Datapac, a wholly Irish owned SME, is a perfect example of an Irish SME successfully competing for government business. We want to see more SMEs competing for larger State contracts - both at home and abroad. SMEs success at this level is key to securing a sustainable and durable recovery for Ireland."
Patrick Kickham, director, Datapac, added, “Procurement is an essential part of the Government’s public service reform agenda and we are delighted to play our part in helping them to achieve sustainable cost savings and improved operational efficiency. This contract allows us to grow Datapac further, adding up to fifteen new people to the team over the next two years, and making further investments in our business and technology portfolio.”
Clara Quigley, sales manager, Datapac, also said, “We have invested significant time, energy and capital to enhance our service delivery capabilities in Datapac, including an online ordering system which is second-to-none in Ireland. We look forward to being able to extend our product lines and services further with this new contract from the OGP. It is a fantastic endorsement of the technologies, structures and people we have here in Datapac.”
In addition to employing a team of 170 highly-skilled people, Datapac also provides further support for the Irish economy by working closely with a wide range of suppliers and contractors throughout Ireland.
Speaking about the launch, Government Chief Procurement Officer, Paul Quinn stressed that, "Our goal is to make it easier for business to engage with public procurement while at the same time driving improved value for money for the taxpayer. The Office of Government Procurement is committed to ensuring that SMEs are fully engaged in the new model. We will bring consistency to how the public service procures. There will be greater standardisation of tendering documentation and contractual terms. These improvements will reduce tendering costs and risks and reduce barriers to public procurement by SMEs."
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