STAFF at a North Tyneside innovation centre are conducting their business in the fastest possible way, thanks to the region’s leading technology firm.

Heworth-based Aspire Technology Solutions beat off tough competition from across the UK to win the tender to get Swans Centre for Innovation at Wallsend up to speed in all things Wi-Fi.

The £2million specialist business centre is part of North Tyneside Council’s on-going £100million project to transform the former Swan Hunter shipyard site into a hub for the offshore renewable energy and marine sectors.

Aspire Technology Solutions kitted out the new offices with a new fibre lease line to give tenants the fastest access to the internet and cloud services, along with another line which will safeguard against network outages.

The firm also installed Wi-Fi covering the whole building and a local area network, all designed to make life easier and more effective for the staff working there.

“To win the tender to supply North Tyneside Council with this infrastructure for the building was something we were very excited about, given the history of the whole Swan Hunter site,” said Aspire senior account manager, Paul Shill.

“As a shipyard it was a very important piece of the North East’s industrial heritage, and it’s great to see new life breathed into it.

“At Aspire, we see ourselves very much as part of the region’s future and we wanted to deliver a service which would support these vital businesses by giving them the best tools possible to ensure the technology side was taken care of and safeguarded against potential problems.

“By adding North Tyneside Council as a customer, we now provide services to South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Gateshead councils, giving us a strong presence in the public sector.”

North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn added: “The Swans Centre for Innovation has been hugely successful and has attracted many fantastic businesses.

“I would like to thank Aspire for contributing to the success of the centre by providing the IT infrastructure and support.”

Aspire Technology Services is an award-winning company based at Heworth Hall, Gateshead, which offers a number services including hosting, data centre solutions, communications and IT support.

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