Royal mail put print contracts out to tender

November 22, 2011 by  

Royal Mail has put their print contracts out to tender after closing down their in-house printing operation earlier this month.

iRed, the print company owned by Royal Mail was closed down this month by the company after it failed to break even as had been predicted in business plans at the start of 2010. This means that the company is left without anyone to manage its extensive printing needs and so has appealed for companies to express interest in taking on the print contract, which is estimated to be worth in excess of £1 million. The contracts are expected to run for two years initially.

These contracts include services such as print management, storage, distribution production, invoicing and of course, full colour printing.

From Crewe to Cardiff, many companies across the UK are considering outsourcing their printing that is normally done in house. This is for a number of reasons; for example, a professional printing company is able to provide a variety of services quickly, with easy access to the right equipment and materials. This can save time, as well as money.

In the current economic climate, outsourcing printing to a professional print shop could be the difference between success and failure for businesses.

Royal Mail are expected to announce the successful applicants to tender shortly. The appointed company will then embark upon their two year printing contract, with an option to extend this by another two years if the service provision is adequate.