Green light for jobs as Sheffield tech firm lands 'huge' deal with Network Rail

A Sheffield ‘rail-tech’ firm has won the race to sign a seven-figure contract with Network Rail set to create 18 jobs.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 5:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 3:51 pm

3Squared has signed a three-year deal with the national operator - which operates 20,000 miles of track - with an option to extend for 10 years.

It will supply its RailSmart software after a competitive tender judged it was the best value for money.

The 57-strong company, based at Fountain Precinct on Balm Green in the city centre, has taken on 13 people since the start of 2020 as the project ramped up. It is set to hire another five by the end of the year.

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Business engagement director Lucy Pryor, operations manager Cherry Limb and James Fox, co-founder and commercial director at 3Squared.

Managing director Tim Jones said it was one of the firm’s biggest ever deals.

He added: “This is a huge deal for us, and we are delighted to be working with Network Rail”

Lucy Prior MBE, business engagement director, added: “As an SME it is really encouraging to see Network Rail coming through with its commitments in its SME action plan.”

RailSmart is a suite of applications for tablet or iPad used by passenger and freight companies and suppliers to the rail industry. It monitors training, health and incidents involving workers.

Network Rail sees 4.8m journeys a day and 600 freight trains.

Last October 3Squared announced it was moving to offices three times the size in Fountain Precinct giving it room for an extra 50 people.3Squared is a Sheffield based digital software company that works across the rail industry. It has developed a flagship piece of software calledA message from the Editor:

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