Public sector print & digital - CCS RM3785 Framework

CCS RM3785 Framework

In December 2016 Crown Commercial Service (CCS) awarded CDS a place on Lot 2 of the RM3785 Framework.

The Framework 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 simple design, storage, fulfilment and distribution, postage, scanning and stock management. Organisations need not take the full solution. You can choose individual services.

Services available from CDS under the RM3785 Framework – Managed Print and Digital Solutions – Lot 2

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
  • Postage
  • Database management
  • Storage, Fulfilment and Distribution
  • Stock Management
  • Simple Design and Artworking
  • Scanning services

We are delighted to have secured a further framework contract win with Crown Commercial Services (CCS) and look forward to continuing the relationship. We’re proud of our work under the previous framework contract and keen to continue building on our successes. My teams are highly motivated to make a real difference and work shoulder to shoulder with colleagues in the public sector to achieve significant savings. We understand the challenges these organisations face and we will deliver innovation and continuous improvement along with an exceptional customer experience to help them meet their business objectives.

David Burton

CDS CCS Framework Director

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.


Benefits of the RM3785 Framework – Lot 2

Benefits of the framework include significant savings using a transparent price model. You will have access to a full managed print and digital solution, which is EU compliant, efficient and easily accessed after a short procurement process.

Meeting and communicating with the suppliers during the process is easy. You will quickly gain an insight into what is required and what can be achieved. Pre-agreed terms and conditions offer organisations sound contractual safeguards. Conducting your own independent procurement exercise would take far longer and cost more.

The approved suppliers were all scrutinized and formally evaluated by the CCS Team.

Approved suppliers have invested in key management systems which include: Cyber Essential PLUS, Business Continuity, Environment, Health and Safety, Data Management Systems and Data Protection.

Using Lot 2 assures your organisation that it will achieve savings and benefit from excellent account management, help, advice, product engineering and consultancy. You will benefit from a digital first strategy, multi-channel options (OMNI Channel), product rationalisation, benchmarking and market-testing the requirement, as well as bulking-up, to reduce the cost of similar products.

Who can use the RM3785 Framework?

All organisations across the UK public sector, including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not for profit organisations can use the framework. For more information please see the CCS RM3785 Framework FAQ page.


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%.

Read the case study

Channel shift communications

How the RM3785 Framework works

Organisations will carry out a further competition (mini-tender). They may initially contact either CCS or suppliers to discuss their requirements in more detail prior to creating a specification of requirements and commencing a further competition.

Some organisations may hold a supplier day and invite suppliers to visit their site prior to holding a further competition. CCS expects all suppliers to respond to the further competitions ensuring that a proper competition amongst the suppliers is achieved.

On completion of the further competition (mini-tender) both the organization and the chosen supplier will sign a call off contract. Organisations will manage their own call off contracts – if necessary, they may liaise with CCS for support.

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.

Read the case study

How to access the RM3785 Framework


David Burton – CDS CCS Framework Director 

Tel: 0113 399 4180 Mob: 07710 533615 e:

CDS, 7 Eastgate, Leeds, LS2 7LY

For CCS 

Tel: 0345 010 3503 e:; w: 

Liverpool: CCS, 9th Floor, Capital Building, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9PP

London: CCS, Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6SE

Visit the CCS website

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.

Read the case study

CDS clients using the current or previous CCS Framework include:

  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Transport for London
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Wakefield Council
  • Poole Council
  • Ofsted
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Surrey County Council
  • Northamptonshire County Council
  • Northampton Borough Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Essex County Council
  • Planning Inspectorate
  • Queens University Belfast
  • Standards and Testing Agency
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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Who are CCS?

CCS has brought together Government’s central commercial capability into a single organisation, amalgamating Government Procurement Service with other commercial teams from the Cabinet Office and central government departments.

CCS is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office and operates as a trading fund under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973. Their remit is to work with both departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and improve the quality of service delivery.

The CCS goal is to become the ‘go-to’ place for expert commercial and procurement services.

With both service delivery and advisory capability, services include contract management and supplier performance management to ensure that the Government acts as a true, single customer; freeing up individual organisations to focus their procurement expertise on what is unique to them.

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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

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