15 August 2014
The Directory of Supported Businesses has, today, been circulated to over 6,000 public sector buyers, along with an endorsement from Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism to help encourage the use of supported businesses in Scotland. A supported factory or business is an establishment where 50 per cent or more of the workers have a disability. Supported businesses deliver employment, development and training opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Scottish Government’s policy is that every public body should reserve at least one contract for a supported business and this directory gives buyers a reference document to research potential suppliers, their products and services and contact details.
To help in achieving this aim the Scottish Government established a reserved framework agreement for supported factories and businesses in 2012. The framework agreement makes it easier for Scottish public bodies to buy a range of products from supported businesses – helping to sustain vital employment for people with disabilities.
Mr Ewing said:
“I am delighted to endorse the Directory of Scottish Supported Businesses. This Directory details the skills and capabilities of businesses in Scotland who provide competitive and high quality goods and services to both private and public sector customers.
“Supported businesses call upon the skill, expertise and experience of staff who are totally committed to providing excellent customer service which matches the best in their business sectors.”