ICT solutions provider Datapac today announced that it has won an €11m technology contract from the Office of Government Procurement. 

The two year contract, with an option of a further 12 months extension, will allow Datapac to grow its business and create 15 new jobs. It already has a workforce of 170 people.

Established in 1982, Datapac provides technology solutions and services from its offices in Dublin, Wexford and Belfast, to private and public sector organisations throughout Ireland. 

The company said the new jobs will be based across all of Datapac’s locations and 10 of the roles will be created this year, with the additional five positions being created over the following two years. 

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) is part of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. Its job is to centralise public sector procurement arrangements for common goods and services.

The Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works also said today that the public sector can now purchase notebook and tablet computers at very competitive rates.

This is down to a new Office of Government Procurement Framework Agreement.

Brian Hayes said that the framework agreement allows public sector bodies to buy standard office and school notebook computers and standard tablet computers from five companies: Datapac, Dell Products Ireland, Fujitsu (Ireland), Hewlett-Packard (Ireland) and PC Peripherals. 

Speaking at today’s announcement, Minister Hayes welcomed the fact that two Irish SMEs - Datapac and PC Peripherals - have managed to successfully compete with multinationals and earn a place on the framework., 

"This is evidence of the Government’s commitment to encouraging Irish firms to compete for Government business, and is an example to SMEs to avail of the range of OGP supports in place," the MInister said.