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“We appreciate how difficult it can be for charities to find funding for support and core costs…”
Support from four different organisations has helped the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick receive a much-needed upgrade to its IT systems.
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, has worked in partnership with a number of national organisations to provide a vital upgrade to its IT systems.
This included a “generous” donation from The William Grant Foundation, the non-profit arm of independent whisky distillers William Grant & Sons, and in-kind support and advice from Fujitsu and The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), as well as IT provider CMYK.
Nigel Ward, head of operations at the conservation and education charity, said: “Like most businesses and charities, at the Scottish Seabird Centre we rely heavily upon IT in order to be able to deliver our services. Our IT systems provide essential daily support across all our activities, including our website and web cams.
“In recent years it has become increasingly obvious that substantial change was needed to the existing systems, many of which have been in place since before our launch in 2000. Both hardware and software, which had performed excellent work over the last 16 years, were becoming increasingly tired.
“We were thrilled to receive the support from The William Grant Foundation, Fujitsu and RBS, as well as from our IT suppliers CMYK, who have worked with us for years and fully understand the charity’s IT requirements.
“This has enabled us to future-proof the work of the Centre, especially as we look forward to creating a National Marine Centre for Scotland. In addition, we are now able to provide free public Wi-Fi in the Centre.”
Scotland-based Fujitsu operations director Jeph Hamilton said: “Fujitsu is committed to helping improve community resources and wellbeing here in Scotland, and the Scottish Seabird Centre is a great national asset for leisure activity that connects people to our natural history.
“We were delighted to provide expertise, equipment and manpower, alongside the Royal Bank of Scotland and CMYK, to ensure the organisation’s essential ICT system can operate efficiently and cost-effectively for years to come.”
Nick Addington, chief executive of The William Grant Foundation, said: “We are especially pleased to have been able to provide support towards the Seabird Centre’s IT systems. We appreciate how difficult it can be for charities to find funding for support and core costs. They aren’t always an attractive option for funders, but are absolutely essential in helping the organisation continue its valuable charitable work.”