Companies House continues to improve its digital services with the appointment of hSo

Jan 20


Companies House continues to improve its digital services with the appointment of hSo

10 January 2017, London, UK. Companies House has selected managed network services provider hSo (HighSpeed Office Ltd) to support its objectives around the delivery of effective and efficient digital services to customers.

The organisation has made it its mission ‘to establish a truly open register of business information’ by offering free data access to users on over 170m digital records on UK companies and directors.

As a result, Companies House issued a tender for a revamped network connecting its main office in Cardiff to four other locations - London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Newport. Not only did the new network have to be resilient, it also needed to be cost-effective to align with the Agency’s efficiency plan.

Companies House needed to both upgrade its existing MPLS network, and, as the agency is now using Amazon AWS public cloud to store, access and share data, it needed to add a private Cloud connectivity service to ensure maximum security, cut costs and provide a more consistent network experience.

After a rigorous tendering process, hSo was appointed to design and deploy the five site data network for the organisation. hSo is one of the few SMEs to be appointed to the one year old Network Services Framework (RM1045) and has extensive experience delivering and supporting data connectivity services, based on its own MPLS core network. It also provides a direct connection to Amazon AWS from its data centres. The supplier’s cost-competitiveness, carrier-independence and flexibility in terms of requirements convinced the agency that hSo could help them in achieving its goals.

Chris Evans, Managing Director of hSo said the following in respect to the client win:

“Companies House has been a leader in the provision of digital services in the public sector over the past few years. To remain at the forefront and keep up with the vast amount of traffic they receive every day, they needed a provider that could meet all their requirements. Someone who could offer high bandwidth connectivity without compromising on security and cost-effectiveness.”

Says Steve Pitt, Head of Procurement at Companies House added:

“hSo understood our challenges and have worked with us to implement a robust and resilient dual-carrier Wide Area Network (WAN) solution that can cope with increasing capacity demand whilst ensuring the data is completely secure.”

Notes to Media

About Companies House

Companies House incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply, and makes that information available to the public.

Companies House is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Read more about Companies House

About hSo

Founded in 2000, HighSpeed Office Ltd (hSo) is a leading and award winning network service provider specialising in delivering bespoke cloud solutions for voice, data and IT security. hSo provides UK organisations with whole of market site-to-site connectivity, Internet access, hosted telephony, virtualisation and direct connections to Public Cloud Services providers.

hSo customers include GAME, Texas Instruments, the NHS, KKR, The Salvation Army, Britannia Hotels, CLIC Sargent and Teach First. hSo is one of a small number of SMEs that are part of the government’s RM1045 Network Services Framework. The company has established blue-chip investors, such as Canary Wharf Group and Aviva and is a stable, financially sound organisation. hSo is a UK registered company (Company Number 3935705) with its head office based at 50 Leman Street, London, E1 8HQ.

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Craig Lewis

Companies House, Contracts Manager

Alizee Levrino

hSo, Head of PR

Angus Campbell

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