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New contract wins see Newcastle’s Calibre eye public sector growth

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 07.56.21An ambitious Newcastle IT firm is eyeing further growth in the public sector after securing new contracts to provide network and consultancy expertise to several local authorities.
The news sees Calibre Secured Networks Ltd improving Horsham District Council’s wireless network and the internet-based telephone services used by council staff and ratepayers across West Sussex as part of an undisclosed contract.
The Science Central firm is also onsite to resolve Wi-Fi security protocol problems that will not only increase system capacity but also enable council employees’ personal mobile devices to automatically and securely connect to online and email services. 
Other new contracts have been secured from Wrexham County Borough Council where Calibre has undertaken a local area and a wide area network review.
This review also included recommendations for network performance improvements, PSN compliance in line with current CESG guidelines and a plan for disaster recovery and business continuity.
John Mangan, IT technician at the council, said: “We have benefitted from Calibre’s excellent service. They are extremely professional and know what they are doing.
“Their solutions are sensible, practical and always good value for money, delivering clear benefits for us.”
Fast growing Calibre, which will be building the new services around advanced Cisco-based wireless technology,is seeing strong demand for its IT provision and consultancy services as part of an ambitious three year growth strategy.
Directors Steve and Karen Nelson and Shaun Phillips are targeting £1m turnover in the next 12 months on the back of further contract wins, new services – particularly teleconferencing – and demand for core expertise in enterprise grade network development work.
Calibre utilises the latest advanced technology and software systems from Cisco and other leading vendors to design and develop integrated and bespoke security focused IT solutions.
Managing director Karen Nelson said the company is benefiting from sustained demand for value engineered solutions, driving expansion in the public sector.
“We are providing high quality integrated services for Horsham and other district councils to ensure that their existing and future needs are met.
“Our flexible solutions and technologies offer excellent value for money for hard-pressed local authorities under pressure to cut costs while struggling to maintain frontline services.”
Calibre provides IT solutions, working across the UK and Europe with clients building long-term strategic relationships to deliver added value solutions, which provide lasting user benefits. This includes services and solutions, which enable schools, local government organisations and companies to maximise their return on investment through the deployment of technology to meet their business challenges. More at
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