As a national membership organisation, Scotland Excel engages with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure that, wherever possible, procurement can support a joined up approach to the effective delivery of public services that contribute to the well-being of our communities and the sustainability of our economy.
As the Centre of Procurement Expertise for local government, we work closely with the Scottish Government's Procurement and Commercial Directorate, and other Centres of Procurement Expertise, to deliver the aims of procurement reform.
Scotland Excel is a member of the Ministerial Strategic Group - Procurement (MSG-P) - a leadership group drawn from representatives of the public sector, industry, commerce and the third sector. The group provides strategic direction and contributes to ministerial decision making to deliver substantial benefits from the supply chains which support Scotland’s public services.
Innovative ways to enable improved sustainable services and outcomes are developed by the MSG-P, with the Centres of Expertise (including Scotland Excel) tasked with implementing these for the benefit of their sector. We ensure that local government priorities are considered within the aims of public procurement, and support our sector's procurement community with implementation of reform initiatives.
Further information about public procurement can be found on the Scottish Government website.
Scotland Excel engages with many other partners in the course of our activities. We champion the role of procurement within our sector with key organisations such as the Society of Local Authorities Chief Executives (SOLACE), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).
We also work with many national or sector bodies to provide procurement expertise in support of their goals. Just a few examples of these include:
- working with the recently formed Integrated Joint Boards to support the emerging Health and Social Integration agenda.
- providing procurement support for a number of initiatives to improve online access to public services as a member of the Local government digital transformation board.
- taking a lead role with Food Standards Scotland in developing the food safety protocols which are used across the public sector
- working closely with Zero Waste Scotland in the development of frameworks which support efforts to control climate change and develop a circular economy.
Engaging with industry and third sector bodies to explore opportunities for aligning aims is also an important part of our work. For example, in social care the expertise and experience of providers can make a valuable contribution to future developments. Recently, we have been working with the British Association of Supported Enterprises (BASE) to identify opportunities for their members within our contracts and supply chains.
Scotland Excel operates in a complex and changing landscape with many other stakeholders. As organisation that places its customers at the heart of our business, we firmly believe that building effective partnerships strengthens the value we deliver to our members and helps to deliver positive outcomes for the people of Scotland.