Edinburgh's Commsworld hails one of best quarters in 27-year history

Commsworld, the Edinburgh-headquartered communications network provider, has reported one of the best quarters in its 27-year history after securing new multi-million-pound contracts.

Commsworld chief commercial officer Charles Quinn. Picture: Jeff Holmes

The firm said it had won contracts valued at some £16.7 million across multiple sectors, significantly beating its targets between October and December last year.

These include a major £5.8m digital deal with Glasgow City Council as well as an extension worth more than £7m to its current contract with City of Edinburgh Council as part of its continuing digital enablement programme.

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Also included are smaller contracts involving venture capital firm Par Equity LLP and fish processing outfit Pelagia, plus new business with oil major Shell, legal heavyweight Burness Paull, dental supply company Wright Cottrell, global IT and business consulting services firm CGI, car dealer Arnold Clark and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The business wins come during a transformative time for the capital company. Steve Langmead has taken over as chief executive from Ricky Nicol, who is now vice-chairman of the business he founded in 1994.

Meanwhile, the firm has completed in record time the build of its full-fibre internet connectivity to rural towns and villages in Renfrewshire as part of the new infrastructure being delivered through the £15m “connectivity as a service” framework contract signed with Renfrewshire Council in the middle of last year.

Chief commercial officer Charles Quinn said: “We are delighted to record such excellent business growth in the final quarter of last year.

“It shows that now more than ever good businesses need high performance, robust and resilient connectivity so they can emerge from Covid-19 in a strong position. It also shows that more and more customers are gaining significant benefits from the new UK-wide network that Commsworld has built.”

He added: “Already we are enjoying an excellent start to 2021. There are plenty of new markets for us to explore.

“We hope in particular to support public sector organisations as they look to transform their old networks to cope with the demands from the ‘new normal’ we have seen during this current lockdown, from providing education online to accessing fast, efficient services digitally.”

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