Lancashire hi-tech network engineering firm qualifies for Government list

A county network engineering and management firm has qualified for a crucial Government approved supply framework.

By Tim Gavell
Thursday, 5th November 2020, 12:30 pm

Lancaster-based public sector networking specialist TNP (The Networking People) has gained a place as a supplier for the new online purchasing framework through which further and higher education institutions and local authorities can get better value buying network and IT commodity products.

The Technology Online purchasing catalogue created by the Government’s Crown Commercial Service aims to offer clients a flexible and compliant route to source low complexity technology hardware and software, and includes opportunities for discounts.

Ian Anderson, Solutions Architect with TNP welcomed the new generation of catalogue purchasing which has proved valuable for many local authorities and other public bodies.

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The Networking People's £1m offices in Lancaster

He said: “Being able to source commodity products at a competitive price from reputable and pre-approved suppliers is a useful tool for public sector customers facing increasing pressure on budgets.

“TNP will use its partnerships with leading software providers including cyber security specialist Fortinet to offer public sector organisations best value pricing in a compliant manner.

“Our position as an approved supplier gives customers confidence to also open conversations with us about other elements of their networks or communications infrastructure.

"The majority of our customers are based in the public sector so it is a natural fit for our business as an independent company delivering advice, guidance and exceptional service and solutions across a range of areas including networks and securing optimum cloud access.” Companies must go through a stringent vetting and verification process.

TNP was founded in 2012 by staff from Lancaster University Network Services. It started in the Infolab21 building at the university but moved to Caton Road last year.

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