CDS wins print & digital contract for the MoD

CDS expertise wins back prestigious Ministry of Defence print management and digital solutions contract


CDS was awarded the contract following a mini-tender competition under Lot 2 of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) end-to-end print and digital solutions Framework RM3785.

Aidan O’Mara, Defence Commercial said: “CDS emerged from the competitive tender exercise as the overall winner on quality and price. CDS will be able to provide expertise, help and guidance to drive savings and the necessary insight to move the MOD toward digital solutions where appropriate. We are extremely pleased to be working with CDS again.”

The MOD contract, which has a value of circa £6m pa, was re-won by CDS after a gap of five years away from the company.

David BurtonDavid Burton, CCS Director at CDS said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the contract back. We have a busy few weeks ahead as we mobilise the arrangement in time for a December 1st start. We’re looking forward to re-establishing operations in Norwich and welcoming back into our organisation a great team of print professionals who will continue to service the MOD’s requirement under our new management.”

Using a transparent pricing model, CDS will provide a complete print and digital solution including operational delivery of print requirements with supply chain sourcing and management, as well as associated services. These will include sourcing all raw materials, such as paper and envelopes.

Mark Gair, CDS’ MD said: “Winning the MOD contract is the result of having a great team here at CDS, able to demonstrate and prove commercial viability and technical excellence. We can make a real difference to the MOD, helping to transform communications, by optimising our client’s use of both print and digital channels. This win shows the strength of CDS’ continuous growth strategy in the public sector, one of the company’s core business development areas.”

Specific services supplied to the MOD include:

  • Wide scoping print production requirement
  • Stock management
  • Storage, fulfilment and distribution in the UK and internationally
  • Design and layout
  • Alternative formats such as digital
  • Media duplication
  • Supply of paper and materials
  • Contingency arrangements for specialist MOD print related facilities

The contract was won under Lot 2 of CCS Framework RM3785, which provides a bespoke, tailored, fully managed solution covering print and digital elements and promotes a mini-tender competition of up to six CCS evaluated and vetted suppliers appointed to the lot.

A key benefit of selecting lot 2 is the competitive approach. This allows bidding suppliers to consider and submit their best and most appropriate technical solution. In addition, they provide the lowest print prices available in the market together with their keenest price for the full and effective management of the whole service.

About the CCS Framework RM3785

The CCS Framework RM3785 offers all Public-Sector organisations the flexibility to source a fully-managed, end-to-end print and digital solution that includes associated services, such as design, storage, fulfilment and distribution, postal dispatch, scanning and stock management. The framework offers a compliant, straightforward, quick, cost-efficient and direct route to market and eliminates the busiest first part of the procurement process.

Accessing the framework couldn’t be more straightforward. Visit the CCS Agreements website to find out more.

Alternatively, call David Burton @ CDS and we will do what we can to help – 0113 399 4000. CDS is one of the six framework suppliers. Other suppliers on lot 2 of the framework can be found on the CCS website.

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