Opportunity for Southampton printers
December 18, 2009 by Gareth
There is a good opportunity for printing companies in Southampton to bid for a contract worth ten million pounds.
Ordnance Survey is moving to new premises on the outskirts of Southampton and they are looking at the viability of outsourcing their print requirements. The new premises will house the greater part of the business but they have yet to decide whether to keep the existing in-house printing work where it is, at the existing premises, or outsource their printing requirements through competitive tender.
The contract is reckoned to be worth ten million pounds over four years. The winner of the contract would be expected to print around three million maps annually and provide warehousing facilities.
Ordnance Survey employs about 30 workers in in-house print and 10 in their warehouse. Printing companies will bid under TUPE rules (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006).
Clearly, Ordnance Survey wishes to test the open market to see if outsourcing print will be the best option. However, they have said:
This isn’t just an exercise; we’re absolutely serious about this.
Ordnance Survey will make their decision by the summer of 2010 and the contract will come into effect around October 2010.
There appears to be a genuine chance for print companies in Southampton, to acquire a valuable contract. It will certainly be worth looking at, especially for print companies with spare capacity, looking to expand their turnover. It will be interesting to see what is decided.