Current budget constraints on the public finances combined with the increased digital delivery of communications via online media using multiple channels has created a “perfect storm” for design and print within many local authorities.
Further internal challenges come from a variety of sources – from ensuring brand compliance and controlling rogue spend on design and print across departments, through to the increased unit cost of in-house print rooms and the proliferation of multi-function devices.
These issues have a profound effect on your ability to communicate with all stakeholders, whilst meeting all your statutory obligations and continuing to demonstrate best value to members and the public.
As a major provider of print services to local government, CDS is well placed to control brand, content, output and costs. We continue to deliver significant savings and innovation to the clients we work with, constantly evolving our services to meet changing requirements. CDS provides a single point of contact providing expert advice and consultancy to ensure that you get the best outcome and eliminate risk.
Our Account Managers are highly visible and accessible, taking a partnership approach in discussions on all projects, often as early as the conceptual stage. Using their knowledge and experience, they can advise users at the earliest stages what print and online options are available, where savings can be made or conversely where costs could be incurred. They also understand short timescales and immovable deadlines and work closely with you to minimise risk and ensure projects are delivered on time and budget.
As brand custodians, they analyse every project against your corporate brand guidelines to ensure that it is delivered is on brand. Where appropriate, we take your sustainability and environmental policies into account in our recommendations.
Our Account Managers also have access to other professionals across CDS, all of whom are expert in their own field covering design, brand, editorial, online communications, print, personalisation, mailing and fulfilment.
In our regular contract reviews with our local authority clients, our proactive partnership approach is cited as the major factor in our ability to deliver projects that are always fit for purpose and on brand, whilst offering the best value for money.