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Scotland Excel: GO Award Scotland finalist profile

Thursday October 18th, 2012

As anticipation grows for the forthcoming GO Awards Scotland, Gov Opps chats to Scotland Excel, a finalist at this year’s awards…


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

We have entered the GO Awards Scotland Awards every year since it was launched in 2008. We were delighted to win the GO / John F McClelland Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year Award that year, and since then have been highly commended for a number of our projects. We believe the awards are a great way of raising the profile of public procurement and recognising the excellent work that is being done across the sector.

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

With six years under its belt, the Public Procurement Reform Programme in Scotland has inspired some excellent procurement projects and is producing great results across the public sector, so we are sure the competition will be fierce! However, we believe that the Scotland Excel entries have one thing in common that makes them worthy of being finalists… innovation. Whether breaking new ground in social care procurement, developing the first national collaborative contract to ensure that all timber products are certified as coming from a legal and sustainable source, or identifying new ways to support local authorities with procurement reform, our teams really thrive on the opportunity to change things for the better.

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

From an organisational perspective, it is great to have your peers on the judging panel acknowledge your achievements.  However, win or lose, the biggest benefit of reaching the final is the level of recognition it gives to our staff for all their hard work and commitment throughout the year.

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

The past year has seen Scotland Excel expand its contract portfolio further into the high spend, strategic areas of social care and construction. It has been a steep learning curve for the organisation… getting to know new groups of stakeholders and ensuring that we fully understand their requirements and, in the case of social care, the desired outcomes for service users. But we feel we have risen to the challenge and it has been a great development opportunity for the organisation.

What’s next for your organisation?

As a Centre of Expertise, our focus will always be to continue to meet the needs of our local authority members by delivering a wide range of best value collaborative contracts and developing new initiatives to support procurement capability across the sector. In particular, we are looking forward to further developing our social care and construction portfolios, and also working with our members to investigate collaborative opportunities in ICT procurement arising from the McClelland Review of Public Sector ICT.

Scotland Excel is a finalist at this year’s GO Awards Scotland, which takes place on Tuesday 23rd October at Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.



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