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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Local schools share resources for benefit of Somerset children

October 14, 2005

Competing to top the league tables is becoming a thing of the past at seven Somerset schools where pupils will benefit from a £138,000 investment in technology that will enable teachers across the area to share best practice, resources and lesson plans.

Under the move, Azzurri Communications, a leading communications and technology company, announced today that it will deploy its innovative TALMOS solution, making it possible for teachers to easily share and access lesson plans at the click of a mouse.

In addition, the new technology will provide a 24x7 learning environment whereby parents are able to play a greater role in supporting their children's education at home, enabling those with home computers to connect to resources that are being used in the classroom.

The initiative comes at a time when teachers are facing an ever-increasing workload outside the classroom.

Thanks to TALMOS, teachers in North Somerset will collaborate to reduce the amount of time they spend on routine lesson planning and educational resources will be shared for the greater good of local children.

Led by Gordano School in Portishead, the move is part of an initiative by the North Somerset 7 Federation of schools - which also includes Backwell, Churchill, Clevedon, Nailsea, Ravenswood and St Katherine's.

The schools share a common vision to move away from a position where they are seen as competing to fight their way to the top of league tables to a point where they recognise their shared and mutual strengths to profit from learning together.

"We are creating a shared electronic resource between the seven schools that will allow us to cooperate in the development of lesson plans and materials," said Gavin Ball, deputy head teacher, Gordano School.

"In the medium term, the solution should also allow parental and student access from home, for example, to access homework."

The North Somerset 7 Federation of schools chose Azzurri Communications' solution because it is faster and more reliable than Internet-based systems offered by competitors.

The schools were also impressed by Azzurri Communications' ranking as an Intel Premier Provider, and that the computer chip giant has been involved for more than a year in optimising TALMOS to operate on Intel server platforms.

Organisations wanting to find out more about Azzurri Communications' solutions and services for the education sector can telephone 08452 606022.

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For further information contact:
John Butters
Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444
Email: jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Sarah Burdett
Azzurri Communications
Tel: 07976 952104
Email: sarah.burdett@azzu.co.uk

About Azzurri Communications

Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland and is currently made up of twelve strategic company acquisitions. Azzurri Communications is one of the largest leading voice and data resellers and managed service providers in the UK. Annual turnover stands at £90 million. There are 600 employees nationwide. Headquartered in Newbury, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, London, Kingston, Birmingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds and East Kilbride.

Backed by leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include voice, data, consultancy, networking, digital print and mobile. Azzurri also provides education solutions plus consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit http://www.azzurricommunications.com

 
'LEISURELY' APPROACH REAPS BENEFITS FOR EIC'S FORWARD ORDER BOOK

10th October 2005

EIC has announced a forward order book in excess of £30 million going into 2006 as it continues on course to achieve its projected annual turnover of £65 million by December 2005. The company, which carries out projects across the retail, leisure, health, education and commercial sectors, has seen a majority of leisure and education contracts amongst its forward orders, showing a marked change from recent years when retail projects accounted for most of the company's business.

The mechanical and electrical specialist has demonstrated year on year growth since its launch almost 35 years ago. Last year saw pre-tax profits increase by over 100% to almost £1 million, rising from approximately £380, 000 the previous year.

Finance director, Graham Lyall identifies strategic changes that may be key to the rise in profits: "Over the last four years we've targeted and reduced our overall client base, focusing on securing larger contracts for more of the recognised blue chip names. Although the industry is beginning to experience a general moving away from long-term framework agreements, we have established strong on-going relationships based on the quality of our work and service delivery.

"Our regional offices have gone from strength to strength with both the South West and Northern offices coming in above their annual target budgets. In 2006, we expect the same from our Southern office as it has amassed the largest forward order book of all the regions, thanks to a surge in contracts from the education sector. We've adapted our procurement methods and made significant appointments to support these regional teams and ensure ongoing success."

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EIC Ltd provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506444)

 
EIC receive safety accreditation

17 October 2005

TOP SAFETY ACCREDITATION FOR EIC


EIC is one of the latest in a group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help UK industry to improve its safety record.

The national mechanical and electrical expert recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal is delighted with the company’s new status: “This accreditation is extremely important to us as it recognises high health and safety standards and will serve as a symbol of reassurance for both new and existing customers.”

 
SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor is operated by international safety, health and environmental risk management specialists, the National Britannia Group. The system is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

James Ostler, Managing Director of Information Service at National Britannia said “Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies.  More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that EIC has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which, hopefully, will be followed by other companies within the sector.”

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice.   Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website: http://www.safecontractor.com. Employers in turn agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have achieved accreditation.


Over 80 major nationwide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment, landscaping or electrical and mechanical work.

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Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact:  Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
                        eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
                        (01625 506404)

The National Britannia Group
The National Britannia Group is one of UK’s largest independent safety, health and environmental risk management specialists, employing a total of 450 people within its UK operations. More than 200 of these personnel are scientists or other qualified professionals. The business provides leading edge solutions in disciplines such as health & safety, food safety, water quality control, environmental management, occupational health and hygiene, fire safety and asbestos management. It also operates two major information services on behalf of the UK Health & Safety Executive. Its heavy commitment to research and development has led to the creation of e-riskMANAGER, the world's first interactive web-based risk management system. For more information visit http://www.WhatRisk.com

For further information about the National Britannia Group, contact: Marianna Marks, Working Word Public Relations - 029 2048 8778



 

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