2e2 sale likely in near future, administrators say
NHS users given assurances of continued support in advance of deal
A sale of system integrator 2e2 could be completed in the near future following interest from bidders companies in its operations.
The quick sale is likely to be good news for 2e2's customers, which include Sussex Partnership NHS foundation trust, Haringey community services and the NHS north central London cluster. 2e2 called in administrator FTI Consulting last week after hitting financial trouble.
FTI said last week that the process for the sale of 2e2 is progressing well.
Simon Granger, Joint Administrator from FTI Consulting, said: "There have been a significant number of expressions of interest in acquiring the UK and International businesses and we confident that a sale can be concluded in the very near term."
Potential buyers of 2e2 include Daisy Group and Computacenter, according to some reports.
A spokesperson for FTI said the administrators were in discussions with customers and added that ensuring continued support for 2e2's NHS trust customers would be a priority.
Haringey community services and the NHS north central London cluster planned to save up to a six-figure sum over the first 12 months of their contract with 2e2 when they signed the deal a year ago.
The two organisations, the commissioning arms of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington primary care trusts (PCTs), entered into contracts with 2e2 in June 2011 for services including desktop management, server management and some network management services. Jointly the deals are worth £4m. Before moving to 2e2, the organisations used an internally managed shared NHS service.
In a statement, the North Central London cluster said, "Last week we heard that our IT service provider (2e2) had gone into administration. The contract is a managed service: they provide support and maintenance for our IT assets. We have been in contact with the administrators and have been given assurances that they intend to keep the IT services running as normal whilst they market the business for sale."
Another trust, the Sussex Partnership, only agreed a £37m IT refresh and unified communications deal with 2e2 last April. The agreement was due to run until 2019 and would see the refresh of the trust's desktop PCs, laptops, mobile services and printers.