18 February 2010
Your ref: Email on 16 February 2010
Our ref: R00198
Dear Mr Connely Freedom of Information Request – IT Procurement
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request, dated 16 February 2009,
concerning IT Procurement.
Your request to SEEDA is:
“I would like to request a complete list of suppliers/contractors
and consultants that have been used over the past year when
procuring I.t hardware and the total spend on i.t hardware during
the past financial year.
I would also like to request full details of the person(s) who
conduct the i.t purchasing there.”
We always use Catalist registered suppliers for purchasing hardware, hiring
contractors or consultants. Catalist is a national public sector procurement
framework; details can be found at http://www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk.
Over 95% of our hardware equipment (server, networking devices and desktops)
were purchased from MISCO (a division of Systemax Europe Ltd) during 08/09.
The remaining equipment was purchased using other Catalist suppliers. During
08/09 we also used MISCO for most of our IT consultancy work.
£30,000 95% HP 5%Sony
£230,000 All are HP Servers (includes Blade
£3000 All are HP Desktops
£10000 Cisco Switches
South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
SEEDA Headquarters Cross Lanes Guildford GU1 1YA England
Tel +44 (0)1483 484 200 Fax +44 (0)1483 484 247 email email@example.com web www.seeda.co.uk
We are not at liberty to provide you with the answer to your question about full
personal details of persons who conduct the IT purchasing. This information is
exempt from the Freedom of Information Act 2000 under paragraph 14 (2) –
Data Protection. To disclose such information without consent of the person
concerned would make SEEDA liable to criminal prosecution.
I would suggest that you review SEEDA’s website on procurement where you will
find all the relevant information (http://www.seeda.co.uk/about-us/procurement-
and-tender-opportunities). The Group Executive Director with overall
responsibility for procurement and resources is Oona Muirhead
This information will also be made available on SEEDA’s Freedom of Information
Disclosure Log on the SEEDA website
Personal details and other information that could identify requesters are redacted
(removed) from the disclosure log version.
If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, or if you are
unhappy with our response, you can appeal using our Complaints Procedure as
A request for a review should be addressed to Oona Muirhead, Group Executive
Director Strategy & Resources, and sent by email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to SEEDA, Cross Lanes, Guildford, GU1
1YA. You will be notified of the outcome within 20 working days.
If you are still dissatisfied after pursuing our Complaints Procedure, then under
Section 50 of the Act, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner
(Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF, telephone: 01625 545700, fax: 01625 524510).
Please contact me if you have any other queries.
Executive Director, Strategy
Direct Dial: +44(0)1483 484236