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Central Office of Information: COI unveils new Merchandising and Promotional Items Framework - AMENDED

Press Release   •   Dec 14, 2009 10:51 GMT

The Central Office of Information (COI) has overhauled its framework (roster) of agencies that specialise in merchandise and promotional items.

A total of 58 suppliers from across the UK secured a place on one or more of the five lots, over half (55 per cent) are new to the framework.

COI's Merchandising team thoroughly evaluated over 400 individual applications. The successful agencies were selected on the basis of their proven expertise and experience in one or more of the following specialisms:

1. In-house producers, manufacturers or stockists;

2. Suppliers of standard imported products;

3. Suppliers of bespoke imported products;

4. Suppliers that can provide online corporate merchandise schemes; and

5. Gift voucher suppliers.

The sustainability, recycling and green credentials of applicants to lots one to four was taken into consideration. While particular consideration was given to applicants in lots two and three with regards to information on their supply chain including factory audit reports.

Each of the five lots has been sub-divided into a wide range of labels in order to accommodate more creative briefs, as well as widen the number of trade suppliers of UK and imported products that could apply.

This means the new framework includes suppliers with experience in providing online corporate programmes (i.e. sourcing, storage and fulfilment via web shops), as well as those capable of running full service staff incentive schemes.

The framework was divided up in this way to meet the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2006 which requires that all suppliers "capable of performing the proposed contract" are invited to compete for each piece of business. Briefs can be issued across a number of lots and labels as well as single lots and labels, depending on requirements.

This also allows suppliers to compete for government and public sector work without the requirement for a lengthy procurement process for every contract.

Sarah Eastlake, Head of Merchandising, said:

”The new framework includes a broad range of suppliers meaning greater choice and flexibility for our government and public sector clients. We’re confident that we’ve selected the very best in the marketplace and look forward to working with them to provide high quality and cost effective solutions for our clients."

The Merchandising framework, worth more than £3 million per annum, was last reviewed in September 2005. The new framework becomes operational on the 14 December 2009.

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For press enquiries, please contact Tracey Cobbett at COI on 020 7261 8763

Notes to editors

  • COI maintains and uses around 30 world-class frameworks of suppliers which are the 'best of the best'; taking into account the anticipated needs of COI and its government and public sector clients.
  • In 2008/9, COI commissioned around £3 million worth of merchandising orders on behalf of government departments and the public sector, to communicate issues that affect the lives of every citizen - from health and education to benefits, rights and welfare. These ranged from small scale stationery orders to multi product orders for large campaigns such as Change 4 Life and Royal Air Force recruitment. COI also purchases around £800k worth of gift vouchers a year for employee reward schemes across the public sector.
  • The current Merchandising and Promotional Items Framework will be used for a maximum of four years.
  • A full list of agencies on the new Merchandising Framework is below.
  • In accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, this framework has been advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

A photograph of Sarah Eastlake is available on request.

Full list of agencies on the new Merchandising and Promotional Items Framework

Lot 1 – In-house production, manufacturer or stockist

Label 1: Writing Instruments – print and production:

• Promotional pens – those costing under £1
o Senator Pens
o Prodir Ltd
o Newell Rubber Maid
o EMC Advertising Gifts

• Gift pens – those costing over £1
o Senator Pens
o Newell Rubber Maid
o EMC Advertising Gifts

• Pencils – either wooden or mechanical
o Newell Rubber Maid
o EMC Advertising Gifts

Label 2: Ceramic mugs – print and production of ceramic mugs

• Prince William Pottery
• Keramikos
• AT Promotions t/a Listawood

Label 3: Mousemats – print and production of mousemats

• Adco Products Ltd
• AT Promotions t/a Listawood
• SPS EU Ltd EU Ltd

Label 4: Promotional paper products – print and production of promotional paper items e.g. sticky notes, notepads. NOT photocopy paper or stationery paper.

• Adco Products Ltd
• AT Promotions t/a Listawood
• SPS EU Ltd EU Ltd

Label 5: Promotional plastic or PVC products – print and production of promotional plastic or PVC items e.g. keyrings, travel wallets, plastic mugs.

• SPS EU Ltd
• PF Concept UK Ltd
• Adco Products
• Thinkprint European Solutions
• High Profile
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd

Label 6: Promotional leather products – print and production of promotional leather items e.g. conference folder, travel wallets or bookmarks.

• PF Concept UK Ltd
• Solo Trading
• Thinkprint European Solutions
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd
• Laltex Group
• Preseli Ltd

Label 7: Promotional Bags – print and production of standard bags

• Nylon bags e.g. drawstring rucksacks or lap top bags
o Laltex Group
o PF Concept UK Ltd
o Infinity t/a Creative Emporium
o Preseli Ltd
o Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd
o The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd

• Cotton bags e.g. cotton shopper bags
o Laltex Group
o PF Concept UK Ltd
o Infinity t/a Creative Emporium
o Preseli Ltd
o Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd
o The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd

• Bags made from an environmentally friendly material e.g. corn starch
o Laltex Group
o PF Concept UK Ltd
o Infinity t/a Creative Emporium
o Preseli Ltd
o Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd
o The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd

Label 8: Promotional electronics e.g. calculators, desk clocks.

• PF Concept UK Ltd
• SPS EU Ltd
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd
• Laltex Group
• Thinkprint European Solutions

Label 9: Promotional Umbrellas – print and production of umbrellas.

• The Umbrella Company (Sheaf) Ltd
• Booth Brothers (Printing) Ltd

Label 10: Promotional Textiles – by textile items we mean any items made from fabrics e.g. t-shirts, fleeces, polo shirts, aprons, tea towels, table cloths

• Printed textiles
o The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd
o Infinity t/a Creative Emporium
o BTC Group

• Embroidered textiles
o The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd
o Infinity t/a Creative Emporium
o BTC Group

• Staff uniforms
o The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd
o Infinity t/a Creative Emporium
o BTC Group

Label 11: Promotional Head wear – print and production of head wear items e.g. caps and beanie hats

• Sharon Lee Ltd
• BTC Group
• Infinity t/as Creative Emporium
• The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd

Label 12: Sports, health and fitness items – print and production of these items. This label is for sports specific items and NOT for items which may be covered under other labels e.g. bags or textiles.

• Clothing e.g. sport kits
o The Tradewinds Merchandising Company Ltd
o Infinity t/as Creative Emporium
o Inprints

• Equipment e.g. promotional footballs, water bottles NOT large gym/exercise equipment.
o First Editions Ltd
o Inprints
o PF Concept UK Ltd
o Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd
o Laltex Group

Label 13: Environmentally friendly products – print and production of items made from a recycled element or those with an environmentally friendly element.

• Remarkable (Pencils) Ltd
• PF Concept UK Ltd
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd

Label 14: Promotional Glassware – etching and production of glass items.

• Crystal Galleries

Label 15: Awards – etching/engraving and production of awards e.g. trophies, medals.

• Special EFX
• Solo Trading
• Crystal Galleries

Label 16: Executive gifts/Metal items – engraving and production of metal items e.g. keyrings, business card cases, photo frames.

• Solo Trading
• PF Concept UK Ltd
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd Brands
• Laltex Group

Label 17: Logo bugs – print and production of logo bugs.

• NONE

Label 18: Stickers – print and production of stickers.

• Midland Regional Printers Ltd
• Print Innovation Ltd

Label 19: Promotional Stationery items – print and production of stationery items e.g. erasers, pencil cases, crayons NOT pens and paper covered in other labels.

• SPS EU Ltd
• PF Concept UK Ltd
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd Brands
• Laltex Group
• Preseli Ltd

Label 20: Button badges – print and production of button badges.

• WCM&A

Label 21: Promotional food and drink products – print and production of promotional food and drink items.

• Sweet Concepts

Label 22: Balloons – print and production of balloons.

• B-loony Ltd

Label 23: Promotional Stress items – print and production of stress items.

• NONE

Label 24: Promotional Magnets – print and production of items made from magnetic material.

• AT Promotions t/a Listawood
• SPS EU Ltd
• Magnetic Advertising

Label 25: Bookmarks - Print and production of bookmarks and purchasing of bookmark display space within public libraries - NOT for leather or magnetic bookmarks.

• Central Community Press

Label 26: Polypropylene – print and production of items made from polypropylene material.

• Adco Products Ltd
• Easibind International Ltd

Label 27: Computer/PC items – print and production of PC items e.g. computer mice, wi-fi finder, USB card reader. This category does not cover memory sticks.

• Laltex Group
• PF Concept UK Ltd
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd Brands
• AT Promotions t/a Listawood

Label 28: Diaries – print and production of diaries.

• NONE

Label 29: Promotional Outdoor items – print and production of items with an outdoor theme e.g. flasks, torches, Frisbees.

• PF Concept UK Ltd
• SPS EU Ltd
• Fling Promotions Ltd
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd Brands
• Thinkprint European Solutions

Label 30: Personal care – print and production of personal care, health and beauty items e.g. lip balms, mirrors.

• PF Concept UK Ltd
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd Brands
• Thinkprint European Solutions

Label 31: Prizes – supply of high end items to act as competition prizes e.g. digital radios, mountain bikes.

• NONE

Label 32: Thermometers – print and production of thermometers.

• NONE

Label 33: Drip mats – print and production of drip mats.

• The Katz Group

Lot 2 – Suppliers of standard imported products

Label 1: Promotional Lanyards – print and production of lanyards.

• IF Solutions Ltd
• Fluid Branding Ltd t/a Eco Incentives
• Pinbadge Ltd
• PF Concept UK Ltd UK Ltd

Label 2: Pin badges – print and production of pin badges e.g. lapel pin badges.

• Lyons Presentation Group
• Fluid Branding Ltd t/a Eco Incentives
• IF Solutions Ltd
• Pinbadge Ltd

Label 3: Coin keyrings – print and production of trolley coin keyrings.

• IF Solutions Ltd
• Pinbadge Ltd
• PF Concept UK Ltd

Label 4: Memory sticks – print and production of memory sticks.

• AT Promotions t/a Listawood
• Mid Ocean Brands UK Ltd
• Insight Promotions.com Ltd
• PF Concept UK Ltd

Lot 3 – Suppliers of bespoke imported products

• TCS (Europe) Ltd
• Insight Promotions.com Ltd
• Fluid Branding Ltd t/a Eco Incentives
• Asian Sourcing Link UK Ltd
• The Sourcing Team Ltd
• Giftpoint Ltd
• Brand Addition
• Dowlis Plc

Lot 4 – Suppliers capable of providing online corporate merchandise
schemes

• Dowlis Plc
• BTC Group
• Brand Addition
• Merchandise Mania Ltd
• Silk Group
• Inprints
• Infinity t/a Creative Emporium
• Solo Trading Ltd

Lot 5 - Suppliers of gift vouchers

Label 1: Single store retail gift vouchers – suppliers who can provide gift vouchers which can be redeemed at retail outlets.

• Love 2 Reward
• The Gift Voucher Shop Ltd
• Grass Roots Group Plc
• P&MM Travel ltd
• Capital Incentives & Motivation Ltd
• Ovation Incentives

Label 2: Single-store retail gift vouchers – suppliers who can provide gift vouchers which can be redeemed at retail outlets.

• Love 2 Reward
• Grassroots
• P&MM Travel ltd
• Capital Incentives & Motivation Ltd
• Ovation Incentives

Label 3: Leisure or experience gift vouchers – suppliers who can provide gift vouchers which can be redeemed at leisure outlets or at experience days.

• Acorne Plc
• Red Letter Days
• Grassroots
• P&MM Travel ltd
• Capital Incentives & Motivation Ltd
• Ovation Incentives

Contacts

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