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CAP GEMINI ERNST & YOUNG GROUP WINS£3BN UK GOVERNMENT CONTRACT

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The Inland Revenue today announced that its preferred supplier for ASPIRE is Cap Gemini Ernst & Young UK plc. The e...
The Inland Revenue today announced that its preferred supplier for ASPIRE is Cap Gemini Ernst & Young UK plc. The estimated £3bn contract is one of the largest in outsourcing history. The deal is for an initial ten years with an option to extend for up to a further 8 years and will start on the 1st of July 2004, after a six-month transition period from January 2004.

'We're delighted to have secured this prestigious contract,' said Paul Spence CGE&Y UK & Ireland CEO, 'the Inland Revenue demands a partner that can provide a reliable service to their employees, that can help them improve the service they provide to customers and companies and can help them meet the new challenges they will increasingly face in the future. We have been chosen because of our strong track record of delivery and our strengths in innovation and technology-led change.'

Fujitsu Services will be CGE&Y 's main partner in delivering the contract, which was won in a competitive bid against incumbents EDS and Accenture. Around 2,250 employees are expected to join CGE&Y, from EDS and Accenture, with over 900 joining Fujitsu Services under TUPE arrangements. The employees are based on sites throughout the UK, including Telford, Cumbernauld, Netherton, Shipley, Newcastle, Worthing, Basingstoke and London.

'The employees transferring to us are central to the Inland Revenue's ability to continue delivering a premier service. We're looking forward to welcoming them and working with them in the future. They will add value to us as a company and we are confident that, like so many other staff who have joined us in similar circumstances, they will have an exciting and fulfilling future with us,' said Martin Cook, CGE&Y UK vice-president who will be CEO accountable for the delivery of the new contract.

Fujitsu Services will be sub-contracted to CGE&Y predominantly to manage the data centre services. In addition, BT will be subcontracted to provide WAN and voice support services.

David Courtley, chief operating officer of Fujitsu Services, said: 'We are very pleased to be working with CGE&Y on this contract. By providing operational IT infrastructure services, Fujitsu will underpin the running of the Inland Revenue business across the UK. Fujitsu's share of the contract will include the provision of data centres, applications, IT support and disaster recovery services.'

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About Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group is one of the world's largest providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The company helps businesses implement growth strategies and leverage technology. The organisation employs approximately 50,000 people worldwide and reported 2002 global revenues of 7.04 billion euros. More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at www.cgey.com

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