Scotland Excel's response to media reports about EME Furniture.
Scotland Excel is very sorry to hear about the closure of the EME Furniture factory in Sanquhar, and the loss of jobs to this area.
Further to news reports which mention Scotland Excel in relation to this closure, we would like to clarify that EME Furniture and its parent company British Thornton were awarded places on our Education and Office Furniture framework alongside other suppliers in March 2017. Both companies were also suppliers to the previous Scotland Excel Education and Office Furniture framework which had been in operation from March 2013.
All suppliers on our frameworks have the opportunity to work with Scottish councils to secure a share of the framework’s estimated value.
Scotland Excel would also like to clarify that it is the centre of procurement expertise for local government, funded by all 32 local authorities in Scotland. It does not operate as a Scottish Government agency.