Wakefield Council

CDS saves Wakefield Council £10,000 in first phase of print contract implementation.


The requirement

Wakefield Council wanted to appoint a single print supplier to help drive cashable savings on their print spend. With a wide variety of print products in their portfolio, it was essential to engage with a supplier who had the capability to manage a vendor neutral supply chain and support the local economy.

The solution

Through the Wider Public Sector Print Services framework (RM1687), CDS was appointed to provide a fully managed print solution for Wakefield Council. Key features include:

  • An end-to-end print solution covering all types of print including litho, digital, web, continuous stationery, NCR sets, promotional items, envelopes, display items, variable data.
  • Driving savings through a proactive approach to the delivery of the contract. CDS is using their expertise to offer guidance on all aspects of print specifications, suggesting more cost effective solutions to deliver requirements more cost effectively, including the use of eCommunications.
  • Implementing a Gainshare pricing model to support the delivery of real cashable savings. Through the pricing model, CDS is rewarded for driving innovation whilst Wakefield Council gains by paying a lower price – a ‘win-win’ situation for both the customer and supplier.
  • Provision of comprehensive management information.
  • On-boarding of Wakefield’s incumbent suppliers. CDS conducted a process of value assurances with each supplier against the wider UK print marketplace, to ensure value money was delivered.

The results

The contract is in the first phase of implementation and early successes are releasing cashable savings for Wakefield Council. For example, by moving variable data printing including payslips, cheques and BACS to a new market leading provider, CDS has saved Wakefield Council £10,616 per year. CDS is now working with Wakefield Council on a formal plan to identify further savings in other print categories, including council tax printing.

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The managed print service provider model is a new service delivery method for the provision of external print at Wakefield Council. Although it is early in the life of the contract we are happy with how the contract is performing. The contract has already achieved cashable savings, along with non-cashable efficiencies due to only having one supplier to manage. An excellent level of support was provided by GPS [Crown Commercial Service] who guided us through the procurement process and the award of the contract with CDS. In our experience, the CDS team provide a professional service and have a wealth of knowledge available to ensure that the best solution is provided for each print requirement.

Graham Saxton, Chief Finance Manager

Wakefield Council