Software testing specialist 2i has landed a £20m Scottish Government contract to help deliver social security across the country.
Additionally, the money will help to propel the 200-strong firm to its next stage of growth. The involvement of 2i will run for at least two years.
Commenting on the news, 2i managing director Dave Kelly said: “Being at the very heart of such a landmark change in Scotland’s benefits system is something to be incredibly proud of.
“Of course, it is a huge endorsement for our team – for their technical skills, outstanding track record and ability to deliver major digital projects on time and on budget.
“However, it’s also our aim to leave a lasting legacy that Social Security Scotland can build upon for the future. That is something which is incredibly motivating for us.”
Social Security Scotland delivers 11 benefits and, when fully operational, will deliver 17 benefits supporting 1.8 million children and adults. The rollout is underpinned by legislation which positions social security as a human right in Scotland.
In 2018, 2i won its first contract with Social Security Scotland and helped to ensure testing and quality assurance of payments.
Kelly added: “We are thrilled to be chosen to continue our work with Social Security Scotland and help it to create a modern benefits system that embodies dignity, fairness and respect for citizens.
“These benefits are being introduced to help and support the most vulnerable in our society and delivering them with comprehensive risk and assurance processes is vital.”
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The firm specialises in helping major businesses and organisations to deliver the large and complex digital projects, including major software rollouts and upgrades.
As part of its offering, staff embed with businesses and tailor a programme of testing and quality assurance for digital projects to ensure they are kept on track and delivered.
Clients using 2i include the Home Office, Virgin Money, the Department of Health & Social Care and the newly rebranded global investment company abrdn.
Additionally, 2i’s services are also utilised by tech and digital startups, including Topolytics, GBB and Thrive Tribe.
The company has enjoyed significant year-on-year growth from 2016 where it was making a loss on a £4.7m-a-year turnover. Turnover at 2i is now more than £13m and an ambitious growth strategy means it is likely to top £20m in the next financial year.
Growth means the firm is now regularly competing with global players, including household names like IBM, Cap Gemini and Deloitte.
As well as its headquarters in Edinburgh, it has also opened offices in Glasgow and London and now has 200 staff based across the UK.