In the UK we are a leading communications services provider, selling products and services to consumers, small and medium sized enterprises and the public sector. We also sell wholesale products and services to communications providers in the UK and around the world. Globally, we supply managed networked IT services to multinational corporations, domestic businesses and national and local government organisations.
Working in partnership
With more than 73,500 people employed by BT in the UK, the company makes a substantial contribution to the national economy. This figure includes BT’s direct workforce, and those jobs supported along the supply chain through procurement and staff expenditure in local economies. Indeed, BT activities support around 1 per cent of all employment in the UK, a considerable contribution for a single company. As well as direct employment and investment, BT provides significant support to business organisations, local community organisations, sports and the arts both through direct funding and the provision of in-kind contribution.
Innovation through insight
The insight and understanding we gain from our local relationships and our in-depth knowledge of BT's huge resources and capabilities means we are best able to design and promote technology-neutral programmes and partnerships across the UK to support government initiatives and help stimulate business growth. For example, our partnership approach - working with local authorities, regional agencies and others, to develop next generation broadband solutions. These are solutions that can bring benefits across the country to many communities, businesses and interest groups who may really benefit but for whom it is not possible to justify immediate investment on commercial grounds alone.
Helping people locally
We also actively support local and regional communities with programmes that enable more people to benefit from new technology through digital inclusion projects.
BT on the island of Ireland
In 2006 BT integrated its operations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland into one all island business. It is headquartered in Belfast and Dublin and employs close to 3,000 people.
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