CDS awarded council print contract for third time

The London Borough of Sutton has awarded its Reprographics, Digital Print and Print Management contract for a third time to Leeds based communications agency, CDS.

The award was made following a procurement exercise through the Government Procurement Service (GPS) Framework.

CDS is the current supplier having won its first contract with the London Borough of Sutton in 1998. CDS and the London Borough of Sutton have had an excellent partnership with services delivered through an on-site reprographics unit for 16 consecutive years.

The new contract launched in the first week of April 2013 with a refreshed on-site service including a fully equipped reprographics unit. The desire during the life of the new contract is to migrate to an off-site solution to free up valuable space for the Authority. CDS will continue to focus on delivering savings, efficiency improvements and best value to the Authority.

CDS will have an Account Manager, based within the Civic offices, responsible for sourcing, procuring and managing the London Borough of Sutton’s print requirements through CDS’ approved network of local and national suppliers. CDS’ account manager will provide London Borough of Sutton staff with easy access to expert advice and market tested prices.

Teresa Robson, Procurement Manager, London Borough of Sutton said: “Criteria that our new print management contract was judged against were that it should provide value for money, be flexible in a changing environment, continue to reduce carbon footprint, retain work in the local area where possible and have innovative ideas throughout the life time of the contract.

“After consultation with customers and clients together with an investigation of the several methods available in carrying out a tender process, the Procurement team decided to use the Government Procurement Services (GPS) framework for the Wider Public Sector Print Services. This offered the best and most flexible solution to provide a fully managed end to end print service.

“The GPS team were very helpful throughout the tender process with their Lot1 Suppliers, assisting us with a Supplier consultation day and the mini competition itself, bringing an independence and review to the process.

“CDS met the desired criteria and offered the best solution in terms of ensuring service delivery is maintained, while adopting the changes in the way the Authority wants to work both now and in the future. LBS is looking forward to the continued support CDS provide in working with the Authority to meet its objectives,” added Robson.

David Burton, CDS Print Services Director said: “We are delighted that the London Borough of Sutton has again chosen CDS as their print management partner.  Their vision of selecting a pro-active company with a significant pedigree across Central and Local Government in delivering innovative communication solutions in traditional and newly emerging styles will ensure ongoing savings and efficiencies.  We look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship and the opportunity to develop and grow the contract as the market and our client’s requirements continue to change.”

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