DWP company signs Liberata for HR, payroll and finance
Business process company Liberata has won a deal with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to supply HR, payroll and finance and accounting service to its Benefits Pension Digital & Technology Services company (BPDTS). It is a one-year deal awarded through G-Cloud, with the option to extend for another, valued at £300,00 if it goes to two years.
BPDTS was set up to insource IT applications development, maintenance and support services for the DWP.
Charlie Bruin, chief executive officer of Liberata, commented: “This is a significant contract for Liberata as it is our first formal engagement with the DWP, and it further increases our footprint working with central government. Having delivered some of the most complex payroll services into government for a number of years, we are delighted that the DWP recognised our specific domain expertise in selecting us to work with its new company, BPDTS.”
Government opens digital hub for exporters
The Department for International Trade (DIT) has set up a web service to support companies trying to open up export markets.
Named GREAT.gov.uk, it will give firms a route into the department’s E-exporting programme, which provides support in using the internet to sell overseas. It said it has helped more than 3,000 companies become exporters and delivered deals totalling £388 million since 2014.
While much of the site is informational, taking in subjects such as routes to market, research and regulatory guidance, it also makes it possible for companies to register on a searchable export directory that gives them a chance of matching with potential buyers.
International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: “Some businesses have told us they don’t know where to start or how to make the next step onto the global marketplace. That’s why we want to support UK businesses large and small as they grow, and help them connect with global demand to fulfil our greatest economic ambitions.”
BT research shows public sector mobile demand
Three quarters (75%) of public sector survey respondents believe that working away from the office will become more important to their colleagues, according to new research by BT. The finding was part of a wider ranging survey into flexibility and mobile working, in which 304 public sector officials took part.
Other findings included: 36% said they cannot access files when on the move; 76% said secure mobile access would be useful to their team; 85% said providing the best technology makes them more productive; but only 54% said their leadership team trusts colleagues to work effectively away from the office.
Andrew Small, vice president of unified communications, mobile and contact centre at BT, said: “It’s important for companies to future proof their business by investing in mobile collaboration technology to support a flexible working model. The more employees have a good experience of work on the go, the more benefits their organisations will see.”
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