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Derwent FM has 'plenty in store' with govt framework wins

11 September 2013

Derwent FM has won its first two contracts under the Government’s Document Storage and Related Services Framework

The first is a four-year deal with Bristol City Council worth around £300,000, which will see the company provide mail collection, mail opening, scanning, indexing, archiving, document retrieval and safe destruction, with one of its SME partners Box-it.

The second is a £50,000 deal with the Treasury Solicitor’s Office (TSol) to provide an inventory audit and scanning of all files and documentation.

The contracts build on the HMRC Support Services contract won by Derwent FM in 2011 and as a result, the company has created a third stand-alone division – Derwent Records Management, which will focus on providing online and physical storage, tracking and scanning services.

The new division will be headed by Paul Stableford, who has been with the company for over two years and currently manages the HMRC contract.

Martin Corbett, managing director, Derwent FM, said: “These new contracts demonstrate our collaborative approach to working together with our SME partners to deliver efficient client services.

“By using the breadth of experience and capability of a number of SMEs and their local management teams we are able to focus on local customer satisfaction on a nationwide basis. There are also added environmental benefits from using our SMEs’ local transport, storage and scanning solutions.”

Derwent FM was appointed to the £37.5m a year framework last year along with parent company Derwent Living by the Government Procurement Service, an executive Agency to the Cabinet Office. It is the first centralised records management framework open to all central government and wider public sector organisations.

The company was awarded onto Lot 2 (on-site storage) and Lot 3 (on-site and off-site storage) alongside Capita Group plc, TNT UK and Iron Mountain.

Corbett added: “Derwent Living acts as a not-for-profit contracting ‘umbrella’ and integrated management and reporting solutions means that together with our SME partners we can successfully bid against much larger organisations in our industry, proving that the model we created is an effective method of doing business with government.”

As well as the central and local government spheres, Derwent FM covers the student accommodation and university markets; and the residential, health, education and commercial sectors. It also operates two other stand-alone divisions, Derwent Response and Derwent Students.

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