Guidance for (Acting) Returning Officers administering a UK Parliamentary election in Great Britain

Managing contractors and suppliers

You can outsource particular work required to deliver the election, but not the responsibility for ensuring compliance with the legislation. 

Do not automatically assume that outsourcing is your only and best option. You should make an assessment of the need to outsource. Your decision should be taken as part of an assessment of the costs, risks and benefits of outsourcing work, compared to in-house delivery by your staff. 

Your review of previous electoral events and consideration of the specific requirements for the election will help to inform your decision as to whether or not to outsource a particular function or task.

If outsourcing is considered appropriate, your project plan should cover the management of contractors and suppliers and the development and management of contracts.

Finding printers

If you decide to outsource production and are having difficulty finding a suitable printer, the British Printing Industries Federation, or in Scotland, Graphic Enterprise Scotland may be contacted for assistance:

British Printing Industries Federation
Head Office
Unit 2 
Villiers Court
Meriden Business Park
Copse Drive
Tel: 0845 250 7050

Graphic Enterprise Scotland
C/O Maclay, Murray & Spens
1 George Square
G2 1AL
Tel: 07771 865 947  

Last updated: 19 December 2023