EK com­pany logs on to help the home­less


East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

An East Kilbride com­pany is help­ing the home­less gain vi­tal ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy.

Re-Tek, who re­fur­bish IT equip­ment such as lap­tops, PCs, servers and mo­bile phones, have been work­ing with charity So­cial Bite to pro­vide top-qual­ity tech for their dig­i­tal in­clu­sion project.

The Lang­lands-based firm have do­nated 25 lap­tops and four PCs af­ter re­spond­ing to a home­less man’s need for a mo­bile phone to main­tain contact with sup­port ser­vices through So­cial Bite.

Scott-Mon­crieff part­ner Fraser Ni­col ini­tially do­nated 17 PCs and 34 lap­tops from their of­fice in Glas­gow and 20 lap­tops from their Ed­in­burgh of­fice which ReTek col­lected, se­curely wiped all data, re­fur­bished and sold into its re­seller net­work.

With the money raised, Re-Tek were able to pro­vide 25 high-spec lap­tops and four PCs to So­cial Bite as well as in­stalling Win­dows 10 and Mi­crosoft Of­fice. Re-tek projects di­rec­tor Billy McPher­son says the com­pany has been work­ing with so­cial en­ter­prises for the past few years to en­cour­age and sup­port col­lec­tions of used IT equip­ment in com­mu­ni­ties.

He said: “Busi­nesses are nor­mally quite happy to pass on good qual­ity out-of-use equip­ment for char­i­ta­ble ben­e­fit.

“Once data is wiped and the com­put­ers sold into our net­work the prof­its are shared with the so­cial en­ter­prise.”

The com­put­ers will be used in five sand­wich shops across Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow and Aberdeen ini­tially to help home­less and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple ac­cess sup­port ser­vices.

So­cial Bite’s Ewain Black said: “This is a gen­er­ous and prac­ti­cal do­na­tion from two re­spected busi­nesses which will be a huge help to us in train­ing and sup­port not only in the num­ber of peo­ple we can help – but also how ef­fi­ciently we can do it.”

Sup­port Scott-Mon­crieff part­ner Fraser Ni­col, Re-tek’s Billy McPher­son and Ewain Black from So­cial Bite

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