COI unveils Print framework
8 March 2010
The Central Office of Information (COI) has completed its framework tendering exercise for Commercial Web printers.
The Commercial Web Framework is one of three new print frameworks that will allow printers to compete for government and public sector work without going through a lengthy procurement process for every contract.
COI evaluated 35 applications during the review. The successful companies were selected through a rigorous procurement process on the basis of financial soundness, environmental factors, quality procedures and capacity.
To manage these requirements efficiently, the framework was divided into 'lots' to provide easy to access short lists for competition. The lots require printers that are proficient in the following areas:
- Web printing
- Direct mail
- Confidential printing
Philip Brimley, Head of the Publications Procurement Unit, said:
"All of the applicants were of a very high standard, making short listing a very difficult task. However, we feel that the framework we have put in place strengthens the service offering to our clients and will enable us to meet future demand."
Paul Wood, COI Procurement Manager said:
"We have made a considerable effort to ensure this exercise was carried out fairly and effectively and that we have put together a robust framework that is fit for purpose."
The further printing frameworks for Sheetfed Litho & Digital printing and Print Support Products and services will be reviewed later this year.
For press enquiries, please contact Ria Carroll at COI on 020 7261 8202.
Notes to editors
- The Commercial Web Framework will be used for a maximum of four years.
- COI maintains and uses world-class frameworks of suppliers which are the 'best of the best', taking into account the anticipated needs of COI and its clients.
- A full list of the successful companies can be found one the Commericial Web Printing Framework
- In accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, this framework has been advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).