Leading Converged ICT Service Provider GCI has won a significant Skype for Business Contact Centre contract with the UK’s foremost housing and homelessness charity, Shelter. The move will see Shelter use the latest cloud-based technology to run a more flexible Contact Centre to better help the 60,000 people that call it every year for help with their housing needs.
Shelter offers support, legal information and invaluable advice to millions of people experiencing difficult housing situations or facing homelessness, as well carrying out pioneering research and campaigning for change in the housing market. With its free helpline open 365 days a year, Shelter is often the first port of call for people facing a housing crisis.
It is crucial for the charity that it invests wisely in a communications system that is reliable and can quickly connect those in need with people that can help. After a competitive tender process, Shelter selected leading Converged ICT Services Provider GCI to take on the project. With GCI already active in the not for profit sector, having deployed similar omni-channel Contact Centres, Shelter was confident it understood its organisational as well as technical challenges.
Stuart Moore at Shelter comments: “Last year, staffed by just 30 housing advisers we spent an average of 25 minutes talking to each of the 60,580 people that we helped last year. Additionally, we assisted 26,599 via web chat and saw 5.6m people face to face. It is vital that we look to improve our service still further. This means integrating our operations more closely across channels whilst having the ability to scale up when we need to. Using GCI for this deployment will help us do that.”
GCI will deploy a Skype for Business Contact Centre solution across all of Shelter’s 44 sites. The solution – delivered in conjunction with Enghouse Interactive – leverages the power of Microsoft’s market-leading Unified Communications software Skype for Business. Since it takes an omni-channel approach it means all users will receive the same level of service regardless of whether they choose to get in touch by phone, online chat or social media.
The benefits are numerous, including the ability to balance call routing and queueing, an easy-to-use interface, and proactive insights in real-time. Expected results include increased single service resolution (SSR) and better efficiencies.
Peter Watson, Senior Solutions Consultant for Not-for Profit and Housing at GCI, concludes: “We’re delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile charity in enabling them to do even more good. Failing to help even one person is unacceptable for Shelter, and we are confident that this solution and our partnership will enable them to successfully reach more people more quickly than ever before.”