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Procurement Routes

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.

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.

Dawn Wise, Head of Communications

Birmingham City Council

CDS RM3785 Framework case studies

Download the CDS Crown Commercial Services RM3785 booklet

We have considerable experience of working within the CCS print frameworks.

Our RM3785 booklet contains an overview of CDS, Crown Commercial Services and the RM3785 Framework. The free brochure also shares a number of client case studies, discussing best practices and significant savings achieved.


Managed Print and Digital Solutions

Contract ID: RM3785

Managed Print and Digital Solutions has recently been awarded by Crown Commercial Service (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.

Read more about CDS and the benefits of Lot 2 of the Framework

Visit the CCS website.

Graphic boards design for Wakefield Council

Case Study: Wakefield Council

Savings through single sourcing and supporting the local economy.

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 an experienced supplier who had the capability to manage a vendor neutral supply chain and support the local economy.

Using our continuous improvement methodology - combining technological advances and industry best practice - the partnership with CDS delivered in the region of £62,000 of additional savings to the Council in 2016/17.

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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


Case Study: Birmingham City Council

CDS transforms Birmingham City Council's print approach

Birmingham City Council, one of the UK’s largest local authorities, required a fully managed end-to-end print service which would deliver minimum guaranteed savings of 15%.

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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.

Visit the DOS Framework page



We have been on every G-Cloud iteration since the launch. Find out more about our specific G-Cloud services here.

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.

CDS print management for Sutton Council

Case Study: Sutton Council

Print management framework delivers 46% saving for Sutton Council

The London Borough of Sutton had a long-standing print and mail arrangement in place for Revenues and Benefits. CDS was invited to manage a mini-tender, competitive process, focussed on the ongoing provision of this service.

The new rates delivered through the cost review process demonstrated an overall saving of 46% against previous rates.

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NHS LPP Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS) framework

We have 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
Northamptonshire County Council

Case Study: Northamptonshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) needed a single supplier to streamline their design and print arrangements to make the most of their buying power and achieve value for money, in the face of growing financial pressures.

CDS provided a turn-key design and print service which enabled them to produce designs consistent with their corporate brand and deliver the best possible value for money.

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Contact us or continue reading more

The links below provide more in-depth information that we think would interest a buyer. Or cut to the chase and drop us a line about how we can help.

Northamptonshire County Council chose CDS because they demonstrated that they could offer the Council best value for our design and print requirements.

David Stubbs, Marketing Manager

Northamptonshire County Council

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