South Tyneside signs £184-million deal with BT
New strategic partnership to provide services, jobs, regeneration investment and operational cost savings for the Tyne and Wear local authority.
The deal is expected to save the authority in excess of 28 million over ten years, through the creation of a new shared services development centre to more effectively deliver local information communication and technology (ICT) based resources - including more self-services.
The contract will be delivered by a new BT subsidiary business, known as "BT South Tyneside", which it said will bring in at least 1,250 new jobs and provide a catalyst for more.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, South Tyneside's council leader, said: "The ultimate objective of this partnership is to set about the sustainable development of a knowledge economy in the area."
The deal also includes BT investment to set up a UK-wide local government headquarters in a new 51,000 square-foot business centre in the South Shields area. In future, the service provider said it would provide a number of BT services for other regions across the UK.
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