NHS doors open for green PC firm

Andrew Hopton, managing director of VeryPC, pictured outside the company's Sheffield factory with the VeryPC sustainably designed, energy efficient, Ultra Small Form Factor desktop PC, which is one of the principal products the company hopes to sell to the NHS and public sector under.
Andrew Hopton, managing director of VeryPC, pictured outside the company's Sheffield factory with the VeryPC sustainably designed, energy efficient, Ultra Small Form Factor desktop PC, which is one of the principal products the company hopes to sell to the NHS and public sector under.
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ECO-FRIENDLY computer manufacturer VeryPC has opened the door to a £1 billion IT market.

The company has won approval to supply its Sheffield-made PCs to the NHS and public sector bodies throughout the UK under a new purchasing agreement that emphasises sustainability.

Parkwood Road Business Park-based Very PC’s environmental credentials have resulted in the company being named an approved supplier of green sustainably sourced IT hardware in a new framework agreement drawn up by the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative.

VeryPC says the agreement is the first credible national framework to promote the government’s Green Agenda by featuring approved and qualified sustainable ICT products and the benefits they offer the public sector.

Although aimed at NHS Trusts, the agreement covering IT hardware and associated services can also be used by the majority of public sector bodies across the UK.

VeryPC’s managing director Andrew Hopton said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for VeryPC.

“We’re very excited to be entering this new market and looking forward to the challenge of winning business in the NHS. Made in Sheffield products have always been famous and now they will be used by many public bodies throughout the UK.

“A lot of time and hard work must go into demonstrating that your company is worthy of selection for a government buying framework. Therefore to be named alongside large multinational corporations pays testament to the commitment and dedication of all the VeryPC staff.

“Not only is this great news for VeryPC, but important for the influence this framework will have on NHS procurement.”

VeryPC says research has shown that a typical PC that is between five and seven years old consumes about 115 watts on average – eight times more than one of VeryPC’s BroadLeaf desktop PCs.

That means that replacing 1,000 ageing PCs with new Broadleaf PCs would save an NHS Trust £100,000 during the new PC’s five-year warranty lifetime.