31st October 2017

Enghouse contact centre and Skype for Business deployment changes the way that trade union collaborates and communicates with members and each other

31st October 2017 London, UK: GCI has announced it has completed the roll out of a cutting-edge contact centre at Prospect Union. Based on Enghouse Interactive Communications Centre (EICC), it means that 25 staff can be assigned to a virtual contact centre to help 141,000 members as and when needed. It replaces a system of regional help desks and Prospect Union expects to make time efficiencies of 20 per cent as well as help more members, more quickly as a result.

Prospect is the trade union for professionals with 141,000 members spanning engineers, scientists, managers, and specialists. Its staff help members with a variety of often complex enquiries covering all facets of their working lives including career development, contracts of employment, hours, leave, maternity, pensions, performance pay, promotion procedures, privatisation, and company takeovers.

GCI has a nine-year relationship with Prospect Union and a previous Skype for Business deployment has seen a complete overhaul in its communications by replacing 12 different phone systems across 17 locations. Instead, all its 200 staff now collaborate via Skype for Business wherever and whenever they may be. This has paved the way for the Enghouse Solution which natively integrates with Skype for Business and means that 25 staff can be dynamically assigned to helping members as and when needed.

Paul Xuereb, Head of Information & Website Systems at Prospect Union: “GCI has helped us transform the way we work. The previous mish mash of phone systems meant that internal communications were challenging and we could not run an integrated contact centre. By deploying Skype for Business, it means that we have just one system that all our staff use. Enghouse Interactive works with Skype for Business and gives us a virtual contact centre ‘out of the box’ with all that you would expect, including call queuing and routing.
Xuereb continues: “Now instead of members calling the regional centre nearest to them they instead get routed straight through to one of 25 specialists dependent on the nature of their query. It means they get quicker, more tailored answers and a more personal service. We think it will give our help desk staff 20% of their time back and mean they can work on other parts of their job when not on calls.”

Mike Constantine, CTO at GCI adds: “We are proud of our nine-year relationship with Prospect Union – such a length of time is very rare in the IT sector. For those organisations wishing to collaborate seamlessly, Skype for Business is the best solution on the market today. By adding Enghouse Interactive to this mix it means that organisations get a contact centre instantly with none of the challenges associated with running a ‘traditional’ set up. By being a gold partner of both Microsoft and Enghouse Interactive we have the specialist expertise to deliver projects to forward-thinking organisations like Prospect Union.”




GCI is one of the UK’s leading Managed IT Service Providers with offices from London to Glasgow. It is one of the UK’s fastest growing MSP’s and provides a suite of managed services designed around five capability pillars: cloud, unified communications, security & compliance, network & infrastructure, and full IT support.

GCI’s services and solutions are all about influencing positive business outcomes. They are designed to address customer challenges and support mid-tier corporate organisations on their journey through digital transformation to digital business. GCI provides a consultative service backed by more than 300 technical staff from its 500-strong workforce.

Alongside its contemporary five-pillar portfolio, GCI also aspires to be synonymous with best-in-class Skype for Business Solutions, Contact Centre Solutions and GDPR Compliance Solutions.

GCI is ISO 9001, 14001, 27001 certified and has multiple gold, silver and platinum certifications including 10 for Microsoft alone. It is one of a handful of MSP’s to manage its own Level-1 certified PCI DSS platform and is on 9 of 11 Public Sector Frameworks (RM1045).


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