Galashiels could be temporary home for ICT service centre

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Plans to upgrade council-owned office space in Galashiels to temporarily accommodate a new CGI UK ICT service centre are to be discussed by councillors.

A 13-year digital services contract worth £92mwas awarded by Scottish Borders Council to CGI, a global IT and business process services provider, in March.

The contract will provide the council with state-of-the-art technology for their customer services and streamlined systems.

As part of the deal, CGI is establishing a Scottish ICT delivery centre of excellence in the Borders, with up to 200 jobs, to support its growing client base.

While CGI looks for a permanent base, it needs a temporary location to host its services in the Borders, and the council is suggesting the upper floors of its Paton Street building would be suitable.

Councillor Michael Cook said: “The CGI deal brought with it probably the most significant inward investment proposal ever for the Borders, with the potential to inject over £100m into our economy.

“It is important the council does all it can to assist CGI in the early days of this agreement, and to do so we’ll be providing temporary office accommodation in Galashiels.”