Scotland Excel

03 Apr 2018

Ten Years of Procurement Excellence

Scotland Excel turns ten

10 Years

Over the past decade we’ve transformed how Scotland’s councils buy essential goods and services to make sure they get the best value when spending public money.

This has helped councils make savings of around £150 million over that period.

Our Director, Julie Welsh said: “Everyone at Scotland Excel is immensely proud of the work we have done over the past 10 years to develop innovative, collaborative and transformative ways to help councils deliver effective and sustainable public services for Scotland’s communities.”

Over the past 10 years Scotland Excel’s contracts, now worth over £1 billion each year, have delivered savings of around £15 million-a-year for councils.

However, cost savings are only part of the raft of benefits delivered through our procurement expertise. Built into every contract are social benefits, from encouraging employers to pay the living wage, to promoting apprenticeships and job creation. To date, 247 jobs and 200 apprenticeships have been created through our contracts.

Importantly for the Scottish economy, we encourage a range of local businesses to tender for work through our contracts.  We’ve worked hard to create opportunities for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). 70 per cent of current suppliers are Scottish and 70 per cent of those are SMEs. 

Councillor John Shaw our Convener, said: “Since Scotland Excel launched in 2008, its contracts have helped boost local employment and growth, and at the same time delivered wider social, economic and environmental benefits that have benefited people across Scotland.”

When we launched in 2008, there were no national care contracts, but there are now seven care contracts ranging from community meals to children’s residential care.  The journey is far from over and there are plans to develop contracts for care home services for older people, care at home, and supported living.  This will take the value of our care contracts to £1.3bn.

Julie explained that our New Build Housing contract will help councils and housing associations find the best suppliers to provide construction services to build affordable housing projects across the country.

She said: “We’re really pleased to be celebrating our 10th anniversary by announcing our New Build Housing contract, a programme that will help deliver much-needed affordable new homes, and at the same time provide opportunities for companies of all sizes to become suppliers to Scotland’s councils and housing associations.

“We have always strived to provide innovative, transformative procurement solutions for public services across Scotland and we look forward to continuing to do so in the years ahead, starting with our New Build Housing contract.

“Here’s to the next 10 years.”