Mega print tender trio up for grabs

Richard Stuart-Turner
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Three major new print and related tenders – some worth seven figures – are now open via the government’s Contracts Finder service.

The three tenders all close later this month
The three tenders all close later this month

With a value of £1m to £2m, Leeds City Council is seeking the supply and production of documents required for all types of elections and referendums and electoral registration administered by its Electoral Services Section, including polls administered on behalf of other local authorities/organisations.

The closing date is 24 August 2022 at 12pm and the contract would start on 1 December 2022 and end on 30 November 2024.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC), meanwhile, is inviting tender submissions for a framework provision for a print services framework that will cater for all of its printing needs.

The purpose of the framework is to provide a number of suppliers for printing services, to meet the requirements for large and small volumes, confidential and non-confidential printing.

With a value of £600,000 to £800,000, the closing date is 30 August 2022 at 12pm and the contract would start on 15 September 2022 and end on 15 September 2026.

Finally, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is looking to create a framework agreement of three lots with varying numbers of suppliers with print suppliers who can produce a high standard product that is colour accurate, without deviation, to match the signed off press-calibrated colour proofs supplied.

“This will ensure that high-quality, colour-consistent literature is produced throughout the range of AHDB corporate publications and other printed matter,” it stated.

“Additionally, we are looking for suppliers who can build relationships with the print department personnel at AHDB, which, in turn, will provide cost-effective solutions.”

It said the print framework must capture the print requirements of AHDB and its divisions in relation to digital and litho print production, POS material and labels.

The framework will cover a wide range of items from business cards, variable data letters, and flyers, to high-quality technical publications, promotional literature, large-format event display items, and chilled meat pack labels.

It is not looking for print management companies as it already has an internal print team. AHDB also has a team of in-house print buyers who manage the printing requirements for all of its divisions.

The three lots vary in value, and the value can change with project demand, but one of the lots listed has a maximum total value of £1.3m.

The closing date is 30 August 2022 at 12pm and the contract will run from 28 February 2023 to 28 February 2025 “with the option to extend for a further one plus one years”, which would therefore see it end on 28 February 2027.

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