The National Archives awards Gazettes publishing contract

The National Archives has awarded a five year concessionary contract to TSO (The Stationery Office), part of the Williams Lea Group, to publish the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes online and in print.

The new contract takes effect on 1 January 2013 and offers significant savings and benefits to the public sector.

The London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes are the official journals of record of government.  They contain statutory information, notices and advertisements setting out the business of government and putting it permanently on the public record.

Negotiations for the new contract focused on providing a complete service more attuned to the digital era and the online use of data. TSO was successful in securing the contract following a robust and competitive procurement process. Its bid was judged to offer the best value for money for government as well as significant improvements to service delivery and a strong commitment to developing the business.

Carol Tullo, Director of Information Policy atThe National Archives, said:
“The Gazettes offer a unique source of data about the business of government and the public sector. Securing this important resource so that it can be reused and remains permanently available to users is what differentiates official publishing. This new contract understands the ways customers and government use this rich seam of data in an online world and we are excited about the potential to shape the new services”.
 

Marco Pierleoni, CEO of TSO and Williams Lea for public sector clients said:
“We are delighted to continue working with The National Archives to transform the Gazettes’ service. Using the latest publishing technology we are creating new ways for citizens, government and businesses to publish, access and use important information. Development is now under way and we look forward to launching the first of the new services in spring 2013.”

For media enquiries please contact The National Archives press office on 0208 392 5277 or e-mail press@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk