Procurement professionals in the UK public sector, including Health, Local Government, Devolved Administrations, Education and Not for Profit organisations can make substantial savings by using Crown Commercial Service (CCS) contracts as their procurement route.
CDS is on a number of CCS contracts (see details below). Procurement teams can benefit from an easier, more cost effective and lower risk route to procure the services they require. Private sector buyers may also be interested as companies on CCS contracts have to demonstrate their capability as well as meeting financial, ethical, environmental and quality criteria.
CDS is on several Pan Government frameworks. These include the Managed Print and Digital Solutions framework contract and the Technical Support (FATS) framework for Technical Services, available for use by customers across the public sector.
Once the contract had been awarded, CDS was up and running really quickly. In a matter of weeks we had moved from complete in-house delivery of print commissioning to an entirely new model. Throughout this transition period, business continuity was maintained. I felt from the outset that CDS was used to working with ‘people like us’ in the public sector. They have brought new ideas to the table on how we can save money by standardising as much as possible and cutting down on bespoke printing. I have come to view them as a useful virtual addition to our in-house team with expertise I can quickly call on when a new challenge emerges, or when we need to top up on capacity and we are currently talking about developing digital marketing solutions.
Dawn Wise, Head of Communications
Birmingham City Council
Managed Print and Digital Solutions
Contract ID: RM3785
Managed Print and Digital Solutions has recently been awarded by Crown Commercial Services (CCS). It gives you access to a full range of print and digital solutions including print and paper products, digital asset management, pre-production services, operational print, security print, large format and wide print, finishing services, direct mail, database management, storage, fulfilment and distribution, simple design and much more.
Benefits include savings through a transparent price model, and access to a complete managed print and digital solution.
CDS are appointed to Lot 2 of the Framework.
Wider Public Sector Print Services Framework Agreement
Contract ID: RM1687 (EXPIRED APRIL 2016)
The Wider Public Sector Print Services framework agreement combines the requirements for print services and printing papers into a single procurement route. With recognition of the ever increasing role and importance of technology as a way to communicate with users of Government services, this framework brings into scope eCommunication solutions to support your traditional print requirements to release cost savings.
- Lot 1: Managed Printing and eCommunications Services
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
Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) Framework
CDS is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a place on the UK Government’s new DOS Framework. See our blog for more information. Find a team to provide an outcome. To find a digital outcome, you need to tell suppliers about the situation or problem. They’ll then propose a solution to meet your needs.
We are now on G-Cloud 8. Read our blog to find out more.
The G-Cloud 7 framework provides a commercial route for all our digital services for projects with a cloud-based element.
Ministry of Defence project teams procure CDS Defence Support Services through the Framework Agreement for Technical Support, Specialist Technical Support (FATS/STS) and FATS/4 contracts.
Our accredited security and G.I.S. services under the Government’s electronic Property Information and Mapping Service (e-PIMS), which holds information about the entire Central Civil estate and land assets, are utilised by every UK government department and all three devolved governments to manage the largest property, building and land portfolio in Europe. A range of services can be purchased through e-PIMS.
NHS LPP Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS) framework
We have recently been awarded a place on the NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP) Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS) framework contract, for the following lots:
- 3.2: Hybrid mail and related communication services
- 3.3: External print and related services