County Durham is a socially, economically and physically diverse area, covering some 862 square miles (2233 square km) and home to nearly half a million people in 12 main towns and more than 300 smaller settlements, many of which are former colliery villages. The historic city of Durham is home to the world-famous Castle and Cathedral, which together form a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The county contains many other culturally significant sites including Beamish Open-Air Museum, The Bowes Museum and Durham University, one of the UK’s highest ranked universities.
The county plays an important role in the economic success and stability of the North East. It contains key transport links to Tyne and Wear and Tees Valley, with both the A1(M) motorway and the East Coast main line railway running through it, providing infrastructure vital to local employment and the regional economy. The NETPark development at Sedgefield is one of the UK’s fastest-growing science parks.
Around 90% of the population lives in the east of the county, predominantly the former Durham coalfield. The more sparsely populated western Dales form part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is also recognised as a European Geopark for its specific geological heritage. County Durham has a distinct local culture and sense of local community, particularly in the smaller settlements, which remain proud of their industrial and coal mining heritage.

The tender and subsequent agreement consists of four lots:-

Lot 1: Operating Lease Facilities
Lot 2: Finance Lease Facilities
Lot 3: Educational Establishment Lease Facilities
Lot 4: Microsoft® Software and Services Lease Facilities
Lot 5: Software Finance Lease Facilities
Lot 6: Cisco Technology Lease and Payment Plan Facilities
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