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Midlands-based business equipment and service supplier, Oyster Communications Limited, is celebrating three big contract wins from the University of Birmingham Business School, Wolverhampton City Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

The Birmingham Business School has placed an order for 80 Brother HL-5140 desktop printers for academic and support staff based in the school’s new state-of-the-art premises on Birmingham University’s campus.

As staff tend to work in one or two man offices, it was felt that small desktop printers would be the best machine for short print runs – such as proofs of presentations and correspondence.

Staff led by IT manager David Cottam group-tested similar printers, and the Brother HL-5140 came out in front in terms of small footprint, fast print speed and quiet engine.

Said David: “The university is a high consumer of print services and products. The Brother machines are ideal for our uses in terms of good features for a low outlay – and as a long term supplier Oyster have given us a great deal in terms of cost and on-going maintenance.”

Also buying Brother via Oyster are Wolverhampton City Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, who have swapped their existing suite of Brother fax machines for new Brother Fax T-96s, Fax-1020Es and Fax-8070Es.

Wolverhampton City Council’s Procurement Officer Verity Smith said: “We’ve signed a three year contract for these machines – which are spread across low, medium and high use, to be supplied across the organisation.

“We used Brother as a guidance brand, a sort of yardstick for quality, and measured tenders against what their machines had to offer. Oyster came up with a very competitive price for installation and training on Brother machines – and that was perfect for us.”

Ken Sheffield, Managing Director, of Oyster Communications Limited, said: “We are delighted with these contract wins, particularly as both Birmingham Business School and Wolverhampton City Council are existing customers.

“The fact is, in both cases, Brother business machines have come through in terms of performance combined with value for money.”

ENDS June 2004

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