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Scottish Procurement wins national award at industry event

21 March 2014

Scottish Procurement took home another prestigious award at the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement awards ceremony last night, Wednesday 19 March.

The Scottish Government’s Procurement Team beat strong opposition to become winners in the Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility category for the 2014/15 awards.

All entries had been reviewed by a panel of ten judges made up of procurement industry experts from across the UK. The GO Awards showcase the most exciting and forward thinking initiatives, driving forward progress in public sector procurement and this year’s well-deserving winners and runners up (highly commended) were no different.

Taking place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, the Scottish Government secured two awards in total:

Government Opportunities awards for 2014/15 Winners

  • GO Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award
    Winner: Scottish Government Procurement Team

  • GO Best Service Award
    Highly Commended: APS Group Scotland and Scottish Procurement



Alastair Merrill, Director of Procurement and Commercial at the Scottish Government said:

“Yet again, Scottish Procurement has been recognised as being at the forefront of innovation in using procurement to support Scotland’s economic recovery. Sustainability is at the heart of the Scottish Model of Procurement and winning the CSR award recognises the success of our efforts to embed socially responsible purchasing throughout the supply chain.

“Good contract management is fundamental to good procurement, and the Highly Commended in the Best Service Award reflects the importance of strong supplier relationships. Well done and congratulations to the teams involved - everyone in Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate is delighted at this success.”

Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award - Gartcosh Project

The Scottish Government Procurement Team placed four Contracts to deliver the construction of the Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh, North Lanarkshire. The project is valued at £65million and this major construction will house four security agencies in the one location. Delivering sustainable procurement and community benefits was core to the project and was considered at every stage, from design through to delivery. Benefits such as recycling, the Considerate Contractors’ Scheme, targeted recruitment and training, social enterprise and SME engagement were achieved by working in conjunction with North Lanarkshire Council to understand their objectives - to improve the local community and economy.

See the GO Awards website for full details of all categories, including the list of winners and highly commended organisations.