Date lodged: 17 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to protect the printing industry.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 September 2018
In relation to the Print Industry, Scottish Government has two Frameworks in place. The new Scottish Government Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services will utilise an extensive supply chain across Scotland, including Printers, to help deliver its services. This currently includes 114 SMEs, 89 of which are Scottish companies. We have also recently issued a Prior Information Notice for our Print and Associated Services Framework relet. This is currently a multi-supplier Framework, of which 10 of the 12 Suppliers are Scottish Printing SMEs. We expect to issue an Invitation To Tender in Autumn 2018, with an anticipated award early 2019.
To support the skills needs within the Print Industry, Proskills has developed a Modern Apprenticeship at two different levels to help companies develop their workforce and contribute to business and economic growth.
The Scottish Government through its enterprise agencies also continue to support industry by offering a broad range of services to help businesses in Scotland develop and grow. This includes support towards innovation and services to help businesses maintain competitive capability and productivity.