It is good to see that despite the distraction of Continental soirees and a looming election, John Major and his staff have not taken their eye off the ball. Ever ready to do their bit to tackle the recession, Major's team has bolstered the future of at least one local company. Ives and Company, a computer specialist based in Major's constituency of Huntingdon, has been awarded a major contract by the Department of the Environment's Property Holdings division to design a computer network to ease communications for its 700 staff. Ives and Company already have many large private clients, but are delighted to get a foot in the door at Whitehall. The Property Holdings division administers Whitehall's 3,000 buildings and the Government's car fleet - including the prime minister's own black Daimler. Ives' track record alone no doubt was sufficient to win the deal but it would be unnatural if the company did not look thankfully in Major's direction, too.
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