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Scottish Waterways goes with Amor Group

Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Courtesy: europeafloat.com

British Waterways Scotland is to develop a new ICT system over the next three years choosing Amor Group in a deal worth £2.3m. This comes in light of the organisation’s imminent separation from waterways organisation in the rest of the UK.

In April 2012 British Waterways Scotland, the organisation which manages Scotland’s inland waterways and canal network, will separate from British Waterways in England and Wales to become a stand-alone organisation requiring a new ICT system conducive to new status and size.

The agreement will see Amor Group providing British Waterways Scotland with a range of flexible ICT support services including ICT infrastructure, storage, business continuity, disaster recovery and desktop servers.

Alastair O’Brien (right) Public Services Sector director, Amor Group, said: “We are thrilled to be appointed as preferred supplier for British Waterways Scotland’s ICT systems. Amor Group will use the Scottish Government Data Centre at Saughton House in Edinburgh to achieve economies of scale and ensure that British Waterways Scotland’s data is safe and secure. 

“The new system will provide British Waterways Scotland with a flexible ICT infrastructure and we are looking forward to building an excellent relationship with them over the next three years.”

Debs Hurst, Financial Controller, British Waterways Scotland, (left)  added “With Scottish Ministers having decided that we shall remain in public ownership as a stand-alone public body, we needed a partner to help us develop a new ICT system and one which is flexible enough to support business growth going forward."

Charitable status 
In December, the Amor Group announced that Who Cares? Scotland , a charity which provides adviceand support to young people in care, has become the company’s charity partner for the next year.

Members of the team will be undertaking fundraising activities, volunteering and also providing placements for young people in care to give them a better start.

The placements will involve Amor Group donating staff expertise to aid the charity. Some staff members will be helping to develop an app to help the charity engage better with young people.

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