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Renfrewshire Council: GO Awards Scotland finalist

Friday October 19th, 2012

With the GO Awards just days away, we profile Award finalists Renfrewshire Council ahead of the event.

Why did you decide to put yourselves forward for the GO Awards Scotland this year?

Procurement activity in Renfrewshire Council has been transformed over the past couple of years. It is important to us to have this recognised externally for several reasons. We want procurement staff to be acknowledged for their hard work and enthusiasm. We also want the wider staff base within the council to recognise how effective the procurement unit and the importance of efficient, best-value procurement activity – a message we constantly seek to reinforce.

What do you think sets you apart from the other nominees in your category/categories?

The passion of our staff for procurement and their willingness to go that extra mile to ensure full compliance must be one factor. The emphasis Renfrewshire Council puts on procurement being a crucial element in obtaining best value and achieving our strategic vision must also set us apart.

What would be the biggest benefit to your organisation from winning a GO Award?

Winning an award would be a fantastic motivator for our procurement staff. A strategic vision for procurement can be a ‘hard sell’ to other council services and the staff do a tremendous job, not always for a lot thanks, to get them onboard. Recognition for an external body would also help continue to convince the wider staff base that strategic procurement activity can deliver significant savings.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge in the past year and how have you overcome it?

Stakeholder engagement has been our biggest challenge. Many stakeholders were initially sceptical that we could deliver the benefits projected and within the desired timescales. But be working closely with them, agreeing realistic aims and objectives and, ultimately, delivering what we said we would, when we said we would, stakeholder engagement is much improved.

What’s next for your organisation?

We’ll continue to review and update our policies and procedures and develop our project management, all for the purpose of further embedding sustainable procurement within our organisation.  We’re also striving towards a rating of ‘superior performance’ in this year’s PCA.

Renfrewshire Council are finalists at this year’s GO Awards Scotland, which takes place on Tuesday 23 October at Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.

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