Fantasy Prints has just won two contracts with Northumberland County Council for large format printing and POS/signage.

Below is press release from the council

Northumberland County Council has introduced a new way of buying in a range of services which looks set to benefit local suppliers.

Under the new External Print and Print Design Services Framework Agreement, printing for revenue and benefits annual billing will now be supplied by a local company, which will reduce costs to the council of around 48%.

The framework agreement has been awarded to seven suppliers and three of those suppliers are county-based, which supports the council’s Grow Northumberland initiative. One of the successful bidders is Berwick-based Fantasy Prints.

The council will be looking to use the new mandatory framework agreement for all print and print design requirements which cannot be supplied by the council’s in-house design and printing team.

This project aims to increase the amount of council money that is spent locally by 10% over the next two years. This in turn should help boost the local economy.

A comprehensive competitive tender and evaluation process, in line with EU Public Contracts Regulations 2006, was carried out which attracted over 40 external print and design organisations.

The framework has seven categories which cover the following range of services: Design, Web Off-set, Lithographic and Digital/Finishing, Large Format, Point of Sale and Signage, Printing and Mailing Fulfilment

Revenue and Benefits Annual Billing.

Other benefits of the new framework agreement include:- Efficiency improvements via a rationalised supply base, Better implementation of the existing style guide and branding rules, Local and regional suppliers and value for money.