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ict active to be rolled out nationwide

01/06/2010

A Yorkshire Forward-funded scheme that helps businesses select office premises that are properly equipped to meet their IT and communications requirements is being rolled out across the country after a successful pilot in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

ict active also helps property owners and managers to benchmark their ICT offering and use it as a differentiator in a crowded marketplace. The scheme acts as a neutral point of reference which gives buyers and tenants all the information they need about the ICT capabilities of a property. It surveys both the infrastructure and services provided by a building, and is designed to promote office spaces that have a high quality ICT offering.

Jim Farmery, Assistant Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward, said: “With the commercial property market in such a competitive state, it helps to be able to set your building apart from the rest.

“With technology playing such a large part in every modern business, achieving the ict active standard will encourage new and expanding businesses to fill empty offices and buildings because they know that key technological requirements have been met.”

There are currently 65 buildings accredited as ict active, 62 of which are in Yorkshire and Humber. A further 7 buildings in the region are ‘registered’ which means they are signed up to the scheme but have not yet achieved the accreditation.

Among those buildings that have been classified as ict active are The Round Foundry in Leeds, the Electric Works in Sheffield, Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre, the IT Centre at the York Science Park, and Malmo Food Park in Hull.

After proving a resounding success in the Yorkshire and Humber region, ict active is now being rolled out across the country, with the Business Innovation Centre and Venture Centre in Coventry and The Wilton Centre in Redcar, Cleveland, the first to receive accreditation outside the region, and others set to join the list as further assessments are carried out.

Once a property achieves the standard, it is added to the www.ictactive.net database, where prospective tenants can search for their ideal workspace. The listing includes a photo of the building, a description of the space available, contact details and a link to the building’s website.

Building managers and operators can also use this information to market ICT services to their existing tenants, creating opportunities to generate additional revenues and improve customer service. They also receive an ict active plaque to display in the building and can use the logo on their website and promotional materials.

Liz Wallis, managing director of ict active, said: “There can be no doubt that businesses of all kinds are increasingly reliant on ICT. Organisations are now looking beyond the basics, such as a computer network, email and internet access, and are asking how they can use technology to gain business advantage.

“Whatever their size, businesses are using technology to improve customer service, streamline operations, speed up the development of new products and services and either expand their market or move into new markets.

“There is also a growing awareness of how technology can be used to reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint and support flexible and remote working. None of these is possible without a robust ICT infrastructure and ict active is designed to make it easy for businesses to find buildings that can meet their needs.”
 
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Murphy, Press Manager on 0113 3949904 or email Daniel.murphy@yorkshire-forward.com
 
For more information about ict active contact: Richard Vaughan on 0845 111 4122 , or email richard.vaughan@ictactive.net