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Cash and jobs: how will deal benefit the Borders?

Scottish Borders Council has handed global company CGI a contract to run its digital services.

Here's how the council says the deal will benefit the Borders:

Jobs and cash:

  • 200 new jobs in the Borders which has a potential to bring £107.1m into the local economy
  • 49 existing Council ICT staff will remain working in the Borders
  • The creation of a second UK Delivery Centre within the Scottish Borders to service CGI’s UK clients
  • Modern Apprenticeships will be created through working with Borders College and schools

Connecting with the council:

  • A modern digital platform will make it simpler for residents to interact with the Council and receive feedback
  • A new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution will replace SBC’s current Finance and HR systems
  • A showcase of options to address some of the major connectivity challenges that exist in the Borders. This includes the unbundling of six exchanges to allow CGI to deliver a superfast broadband offering to schools, communities and businesses

Calum Kerr MP praises “fantastic” deal for the Borders

The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP, Calum Kerr, has responded to the news that 200 ICT jobs are being created in the Borders.

Calum Kerr MP - Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, SNP Credit: ITV Border

This is a fantastic announcement for the region and I warmly congratulate Scottish Borders Council and CGI for in putting it in place.

It’s a highly imaginative solution which will bring jobs and better IT - both of which we really need - across the Borders.

– Calum Kerr MP

MSP says Hawick should be base for new ICT centre

Scottish Borders MSP John Lamont has reacted to news that Scottish Borders Council has signed a new ICT contract which will result in the creation of 200 new jobs, by saying the work should be based in Hawick.

John Lamont wants Hawick to be the home for new ICT centre Credit: ITV Border

Given the challenging time that Hawick has experienced recently, I strongly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to do its bit and bring new investment and new jobs to the town.

“Hawick not only has the space and facilities for a major call centre, but it has a willing and enthusiastic work force. Basing the new centre here will have knock on effects for other businesses as well and bring further investment, which can only be good for the town.”

– John Lamont MSP

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St John Ambulance appeal for Cumbrian volunteers

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The first aid charity, the St John Ambulance is looking to recruit more volunteers from Cumbria.

Teams attend events like the Cumberland Show and Kendal Calling, but also respond to developing emergencies.

In December, they were part of the emergency response to the Cumbrian floods and worked along side the NHS ambulances.

They're now looking for more people to sign-up as volunteers, as a number of vacancies have become available.

Volunteers will be given full training and can work in different sectors like first aid, leadership and event safety.

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United Utilities workers strike over pensions

A GMB picket line in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Around a hundred United Utilities workers across Cumbria are on strike today in a dispute over pension contributions.

The GMB union called a 27-hour walkout that began at 5am with workers from waste water treatment plants in Carlisle and Workington involved.

United Utilities say they have plans in place to make sure services to customers are not affected by the industrial action.

The dispute's about the pension changing from the DB scheme to the DC scheme and all the associated benefits on the back of that. Death in service is going to change - that affects everyone in the company, not just the people who are on strike now.

– Joe McNabb, GMB Union rep
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