£7 million IT council partnership hits employment landmark early

Northgate Public Services’ innovative partnership with Hartlepool Council, which is on track to save £7.6 million over its seven year contract, has exceeded its job creation target a year ahead of schedule.

As part of a seven-year partnership with Hartlepool Council to provide the authority’s IT services, leading information technology provider Northgate Public Services (NPS) gave a commitment in February 2014 that it would create 235 jobs in the town within three years.

The agreement involved NPS establishing its new Regional Business Centre within the Church Street Innovation & Skills Quarter in Hartlepool – one of the eight areas identified in the Hartlepool Vision to spark regeneration and create jobs.

Latest job figures produced by NPS show that the company already employs 241 staff through its Northgate House base in Hartlepool – surpassing the 235 target well ahead of schedule.

Among other services it provides, the business hub now delivers services to a number of UK local authorities, provides a national 24 hour IT call centre and works on national schemes for the Department for Transport.

Anthony Singleton, Executive Director for Services at NPS, said:

“We’ve been consistently impressed with the skills and commitment of our Hartlepool employees, and their hard work reconfirms our decision to locate one of our key business hubs here. Thanks to them, we’re now providing services to every level of government and throughout the UK, and we’ve hit our initial employment targets a full year ahead of the plan.”

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