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Information about large-scale outsourcing printing frameworks

What is the total expenditure on the part of the Scottish Government allotted to printing companies within Scotland (last 5 financial years)?

The Scottish Government places all print requirements through a framework agreement for Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services (PPDAS). The contractor on the framework is APS Group (Scotland) Ltd who are a Scottish Registered company and are located at 21 Tennant Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5NA. We do not hold information on the total value of print spend for the last 5 years because this information does not form part of the management information provided by the supplier under the framework terms - print is only one component of a wide range of services provided under the framework. However, we do have information on the total value of print services ordered through the framework for calendar year 2016, which was £930,755. APS Group (Scotland) Ltd sub-contracts the majority of print requirements to Scottish SMEs, however, we do not hold a breakdown of the print spend with sub-contractors.

What are the outlines of the decision making process for award of printing contracts/jobs in each framework, for example price, capability and location? 

In addition to the PPDAS framework, Scottish Procurement also has a framework for Print Services which is used by Scottish public sector bodies (Scottish Government does not allocate work through the Print Services framework). Both the Print Services Framework and the Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services (PPDAS) framework are open to public sector bodies in Scotland.  It is, of course, for the public bodies themselves to decide whether to use these frameworks, or to procure print services through other channels.

Scottish Procurement has produced Buyer’s Guides for both frameworks. It is the responsibility of the user organisations to follow the Buyer’s Guide when making decisions to award:

Lists of participants in these frameworks

Participating organisations - PPDAS

AIB

British Red Cross

CalMac Ferries

Care Inspectorate

Central Scotland Valuation Joint Board

Children's Hearing Scotland

Creative Scotland

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service

Cycling Scotland

Disclosure Scotland

East Dunbartonshire Council

East Renfrewshire Council

Edinburgh City Council

Edinburgh College

Education Scotland

Fire & Rescue Scotland

Food Standards Scotland

Forestry Commission

Glasgow City Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Historic Environment Scotland

Inverness College UHI

Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland

Local Government Boundary Commission

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Moray Council

National Library of Scotland

National Records of Scotland (includes National Archives of Scotland)

NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Fife

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NHS Health Scotland

NHS Highlands

NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lothian Health Board

NHS NSS

NHS Tayside

North Lanarkshire Council

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Police Investigations and Review Commissioner

Registers of Scotland

Renfrewshire Council

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Scotland Excel

Scottish Ambulance Services

Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Children's Reporters Administration

Scottish Court & Tribunal Service (includes Office of the Public Guardian)

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Environment Protecion Agency

Scottish Government

Scottish Housing Regulator

Scottish Land Commission

Scottish Law Commission

Scottish Legal Aid Board

Scottish National Blood Trasfusion Service

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Parliament Corporate Body

Scottish Prison Services

Scottish Public Pensions Agency

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) & Care Inspectorate

Skills Development Scotland

South Ayrshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council

Sportscotland

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Strathclyde Police seconded to National Police Reform

Student Awards Agency Scotland

Student Loans Company

The Scotland Office

The Scottish Land Court

Transport Scotland

Trust Housing Association

Visit Scotland

West Dunbartonshire Council

West Lothian Council

Zero Waste Scotland

Participating organisations - Print Services

Audit Scotland

Bield Housing and Care

Calmac Ferries

Care Inspectorate

Children's Hearing Service

Clackmannanshire Council

East Ayrshire Council

Fife Council

Forestry Commission

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Highlands and Island Enterprise

Historic Environment Scotland

Moray Council

National Library Scotland

National Museums Scotland

National Records of Scotland

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

NHS Education Scotland

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NHS Health

NHS NSS

North Lanarkshire Council

Northern Lighthouse Board

Office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner

Registers of Scotland

Renfrewshire Council

Scotland Excel

Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service

Scottish Fire And Rescue Service

Scottish Prison Service

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Skills Development Scotland

South Lanarkshire Council

SportScotland

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Transport Scotland

Trust Housing Association

Visit Scotland

West Dunbartonshire Council

Zero Waste Scotland