The new deal with CGI will, it is claimed, inject more than £100m into the local economy and 200 new jobs will be created in the Borders.
With new technology at the heart of the council’s agenda, the 13-year deal will provide state-of-the-art technology to deliver excellent customer services and streamlined systems.
Scottish ICT Delivery Centre of Excellence
As part of the deal, CGI will establish a Scottish ICT Delivery Centre of Excellence within the Scottish Borders to support its growing client base.
It will also mean the 49 existing ICT staff will remain in the Borders and employment opportunities for local young people will be offered through Modern Apprenticeships.
In addition, CGI will unbundle six telephone exchanges in the Borders which will provide new high-speed broadband initiatives for schools, businesses and the local community.
Council leader David Parker said: “This is a landmark deal for the Scottish Borders as we join forces with one of the leading IT companies in the world to offer a once in a generation transformational opportunity for the region.
“For CGI to choose the Scottish Borders to base their second UK Service Centre is a genuinely exciting opportunity. Not only does it mean our existing ICT staff will remain in the Borders, but it will also bring a wide range of benefits and opportunities.”
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