Three tenders close in December

Magazine tenders and more up for grabs

All three notices include extension options
All three notices include extension options

Contracts including either the print or design of magazines – or both – are currently live via the government’s Find a Tender service, along with a print contract for stickers.

National Museums Scotland is looking for the content production, coordination, design, and print of its members magazine, Explorer, as well as the content production, coordination, and design of its Annual Review.

The time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 5pm on 11 December 2023. The contract length is two years with the option to extend for one year and a further one year.

The potential total length of the contract is therefore four years and the total budget of £312,000 is for four years, making the budget £78,000 annually. The breakdown of this is £68,000 for the members magazine and £10,000 for the Annual Review. The £68,000 for the members publication includes expenses related to printing and mailing.

Additional information on how to apply for this contract, and contact details for the buyer, are available on the tender notice.

Meanwhile, The Natural History Museum is running a competition “under the Restricted Procedure and in line with the PCR 2015” to secure the services of a single contract for the provision of the ongoing creation and development of its membership magazine, Evolve.

It stated: “Final deliverables will be: refreshed graphic design for Evolve, incorporating the new NHM brand identity; to copy, edit, design and put together each edition of the magazine ready for print.

“Approved, print-ready artwork for three issues per year for three years of the Evolve magazine (from June 2024 onwards) – approximately 72 pages (70pp plus 4pp perfect-bound cover A4 portrait four-colour); and a digital version/format of the publication to either use on the Natural History Museum’s website or be compatible for sending via email.”

Worth £270,000, the contract will be for an initial term of three years with the option to extend by two 12-month periods (three plus one plus one years).

The contract will include options to provide the printing of the magazine, photography services, and development of monetisation options for the magazine content.

The time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 4 December 2023 at 12pm.

Finally, Erewash Borough Council is seeking bids for the provision of a garden waste permit system, which will include the printing and distribution of permits to residents.

“The council is introducing a new household garden waste subscription service. Currently, the garden waste collection service is provided free of charge, but due to budget constraints and the need to generate additional revenue, the decision has been made to implement a chargeable system,” it stated.

The contract will include the production and distribution of garden waste permits for the area of Erewash, and the service will be offered to the majority of the 54,000 properties in the borough, however the level of uptake is unknown, the council said.

“If a 30% take up is achieved within the first year 16,000 properties may require a permit, some households may request multiple permits at the time of subscribing or additional bins throughout the subscription year.

“Subscriptions may be requested at any time during the subscription year and as such the number of permits requested will vary. The council does not guarantee a minimum number of permits to be provided during the contract.”

With an estimated total value of £332,000, the time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 1 December 2023 at 12pm. The end date of the contract is stated as 31 March 2027, although there is an option to extend for two further periods of 12 months each.