Education, education, education

Education, education, education
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£500,000 of new contracts have helped Scottish office equipment specialist Capital Document Solutions increase turnover by 20%.

Capital has secured a series of new contracts in the education sector – with George Watson’s College, The High School of Glasgow, Erskine’s Stewart’s Melville Schools and Cumbernauld College recently joining the company’s ever growing client list.

Pupils, students and staff in these organisations will all benefit from a series of improvements including enhanced hardware, software, service support and the ability to print directly from mobile devices.

Capital announced earlier this year that turnover for 2011 had increased by 11% to £14.5m. The business has operations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Shetland. It is well on track to record £17.4m for its year end in December – a further increase of 20%.

Tom Flockhart, Managing Director, said: “We have secured contracts with universities, colleges and schools throughout Scotland. We predict further growth in this sector for Capital due to our expertise and in-house resources.

“Some of these new contracts were previously clients. We’re particularly delighted to welcome them back to Capital. This sector is making a key contribution to our turnover figures.”

Andrew Aikman, Sales Director, said: “Our understanding of this sector’s requirements and our proven capability to deliver bespoke document solutions and services, has led to many successful partnerships. A key part of our success has been our auditing and training processes. Also our knowledge of direct printing from mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones.”

Capital has captured the largest share of the independent schools’ market.

The company provides a range of office document and print solutions. These include copiers, printers, scanners and software with comprehensive national maintenance and training support.

It specialises in advising public and private sector organisations on how to rationalise their diverse fleet of copiers, printers and scanners. Also they advise on how to control and reduce copy/print volumes through significant improvements in document processes.

Through these processes, clients can significantly reduce operating costs. In most cases, clients who implement the new improved document solution, achieve savings in excess of 30%.

In June 2009, Capital was appointed approved suppliers to the National Scottish Procurement Framework for Office Equipment – the only Scottish supplier out of the seven selected.  It has secured the largest share of contracts awarded within this sector. It has also been rated highest by Scottish Procurement on quality of contract management and service provision amongst all  suppliers.

Earlier this year the company was praised as an example of a Scottish business seizing the opportunities presented by reshaped procurement policy when Infrastructure and Capital Investment Secretary Alex Neil MSP visited Capital in Edinburgh.

Capital plans to further its growth by opening another office in Scotland and winning further contracts through the Scottish Procurement Framework for Office Equipment, as well as winning new agreements with medium and large-sized businesses.

The company has over 160 staff in total supporting organisations and businesses throughout Scotland. It plans to grow to approximately 170 by the year end.


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