Scotland Excel

06 Mar 2020

Our conference and Supplier Awards are a hit!

Two great events in Glasgow

Supplier Awards 2020 set

Our two-day conference last month has been universally praised for its inclusive growth theme and the line-up of speakers and workshops.

Expert speakers from Scottish Government, councils and the private and third sector addressed more than 120 delegates at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow in February.  

Inclusive growth is something international governments agree can create a fairer society. And effective management of public procurement and supply chains can play a part.

Our Supplier Excellence Awards on the night of 20 February also had a distinctive inclusive flavour.  

Scotland Excel oversees a £1.9bn portfolio of contracts used by councils and other public sector organisations, and the awards are important recognition of businesses who go the extra mile in supplying goods and services through these contracts.

Fourteen companies triumphed on the night in categories ranging from ‘Community Benefits’ and ‘Environmental Practices’ to ‘Partnership Working’ and ‘Value for Money’.

The judges were so impressed with the standard of entries that they made awards to both large and SMEs in six categories, bringing the split between large and small company wins to 50/50.

In addition, three companies were Highly Commended for the very high standard of their entries which narrowly missed out on the top spots.

Scotland Excel Director, Julie Welsh, said, “We are delighted to recognise the invaluable role played by suppliers in delivering public services.

“The winners are making a real difference to communities through their work with local authorities. This year, half of those honored are SMEs showing that size is no barrier to success in public procurement.” 

Our conference and awards provide a valuable opportunity for the public procurement community to get together to discuss innovation, best practice and collaboration, which contribute to the advancement of key local and national priorities.