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Scotland Excel


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They say good things come in small packages.  Size and location needn’t be barriers to participating in national framework contracts. Indeed, smaller suppliers may sometimes have the local knowledge and agility to respond to the needs of customers in their area more quickly and effectively than larger competitors. 

The Need to Know
This award recognises the work undertaken by smaller suppliers to deliver additional benefits to their customers. It is open to micro-businesses, small companies or third sector organisations, with 20 or fewer employees and a turnover of up to £10m, and which have their head office in Scotland.

The Requirements
Your entry must demonstrate how your approach to meeting the needs of your customers has delivered benefits in one or more of the following areas – savings, efficiency, environmental impact, community benefits, innovation or partnership. It should refer to an approach carried out on a Scotland Excel framework/contract which has achieved measurable benefits for one or more of its local authority members/associate members.

Our judges are looking for innovative practices which have been carried out on a qualifying framework.

The Key Words: you might want to incorporate some of these key words in your entry if appropriate.
Local knowledge, agility, measurable, micro-businesses, small companies, third sector, responsiveness, customer benefits, savings, efficiency, environmental impact, community benefits, innovation, partnership

The Entry

  1. Please provide a brief description of your organisation. (100 words max)
  2. Please provide a brief synopsis of your entry. (100 words max)
  3. Please describe the aims and objectives of your initiative. (250 words max)
  4. Explain your approach to developing and implementing your initiative. (300 words max)
  5. Provide a summary of lessons learned from the development and implementation of your initiative. (250 words max)
  6. Provide details of the outcomes achieved versus target and explain the method of measurement employed. (500 words max)
  7. Please provide contact details of a referee (relevant local authority member/associate member) who can corroborate your submission in the event of your entry being shortlisted.


Entries are now closed and we thank all suppliers for their interest.

The Outcome
Shortlisted entries will be progressed by the judging panel and announced in December.

The Small Print
Entry is open to suppliers that have been awarded a place on a Scotland Excel framework which is live at 01 September 2017.  The entry must relate to the supply of goods or services to Scotland Excel members under that framework between 01 September 2016 and that 31 August 2017. 

All submissions must be based on work directly related to a Scotland Excel framework, i.e. innovative work for a customer that is not serviced by Scotland Excel will not be considered for an award.  Any supplier which has been removed or has withdrawn from a qualifying framework will not be considered for an award.

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