Kent County Council is making a significant effort towards bridging the digital divide and have partnered with global leader Circular Computing to provide over 4,500 carbon-neutral, remanufactured laptops to residents in need.
Kent County Council (KCC) is the largest local authority, serving the diverse needs of the community in areas like education, health, environment, and business. They are at the forefront of implementing innovative, sustainable solutions for pressing societal issues, including digital exclusion.
Kent County Council faced a digital conundrum.They had pledged to bridge the digital divide for their residents through Digital Inclusion scheme - bringing technology to every doorstep and connect every individual to the digital world.
The challenge was how to design and deliver a Digital Inclusion programme for the largest County Council in England. After engagement, Circular Computing were selected to provide the hardware as part of the Hardware Access Scheme for Digital Kent - www.digitalkent.uk
A challenge that called for innovative thinking, strategic partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to their values.
Circular Computing first engaged with KCC in November 2019 at a networking event called LGPE (Local Government Procurement Expo) in London.
The interest in Circular Computing’s remanufactured laptops was immediate but it accelerated due to the impact of COVID. KCC were in the process of building out their Digital inclusion programme, but the arrival of COVID meant the need to keep the community connected became an even bigger, immediate issue.
Funding was made available for the right solution, which included building a team around the principal, as getting hardware into the hands of the user became paramount. Then there was a need to ensure they are connected, trained and are able to use the laptop to enhance their life needs - so a personal touch with training and support was required.
Quality without compromise
We produce leading brand, carbon neutral remanufactured laptops.
Our BSI Kitemark™ certified process remanufactures laptops ‘to equal or better than new’, with up to 40% cost savings compared to the latest models and an RMA of less than 3%.