Parity Awarded £15m Systems Integration Contract by Northern Ireland Electricity

From: Parity Group PLC
Published: Wed Dec 20 2006

Parity Group PLC, the UK IT services group, has been awarded a £15m partnership deal with Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), to implement new systems and processes in relation to the developing competitive electricity markets across the island of Ireland.

Parity will primarily provide Programme Management and System Integration, based upon their ability to design, build, test and support changes to NIE’s existing system.

Northern Ireland Electricity, part of Viridian Group, provides electricity services to around 760,000 customers in the domestic and small business markets in Northern Ireland. The requirement is complex and also involves the management of multiple sub-contractors. Parity bid for this contract within a consortium comprising Engage Consulting and St Clements Services.

Dave Conkleton, Managing Director of Parity Business Solutions, commented:

"Parity is delighted to have secured this contract. It is a significant win for the company in both size and scope, further cementing our commitment to the Northern Ireland market, while building on our track record within the utilities sector. We have already successfully completed Phase One of the project within an extremely tight timescale. This stage involved producing a detailed set of requirements that will be implemented during Phase Two."

Michael Atkinson, NI 2007 Programme Manager from NIE added:

"Parity was chosen for this project because their pragmatic approach. Parity’s local presence in Antrim and Belfast, coupled with their partnership philosophy, was also a major advantage. The quality of output for Phase One was extremely high, especially considering the level of complexity involved and the tight deadline Parity was required to meet. We are therefore confident that Phase Two will be delivered with equal skill and efficiency."

Notes to editors:

Parity Group PLC is a UK-focused IT services company, operating via three core business units – Parity Resources, Parity Solutions and Parity Training.

Parity Resources is a leading IT recruitment specialist, with over 30 years experience in providing permanent and contract technology staff, temporary staff and managed recruitment services across all markets.

Parity Solutions specialises in providing IT, Projects and Consulting, using leading edge technologies and drawing upon the depth of experience of its consultants in Programme and Project Management.

Parity Training is one of the UK’s leading Management and IT training providers. In addition to a comprehensive schedule of public courses, Parity delivers tailored learning solutions and customised programmes for major clients.

Parity is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with a ticker of PTY.LN.

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