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Supplier Excellence Awards

Mackay celebrates public sector suppliers

Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay: ‘Those nominated are making a real difference’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will this week join the celebration at Scotland’s only awards programme to recognise the achievements of public sector suppliers.

The Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence awards – a key date for the business and local government communities – takes place on Tuesday in Glasgow.

Scotland Excel oversees a £1 billion portfolio of contracts used by councils and other public sector organisations. The awards will honour the valuable role of businesses that go the extra mile when supplying goods and services to Scotland’s councils, which can often create jobs and other benefits for their communities.

Fourteen awards will be given across a range of specialist categories ranging from ‘innovation’ and ‘environmental practices’ to ‘local excellence’ and ‘customer service’, at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Mr Mackay, who will open the event, said the awards “celebrate the important role suppliers play in public procurement.”

He added: “Those nominated are making a real difference through their work with local authorities. These are ambitious businesses who are the employers of today and innovators of tomorrow.

“For our part, the Scottish Government will continue to back businesses like these so they can innovate, grow and provide jobs for the future.”

Scotland Excel’s Convener, Councillor John Shaw, said: “As the national centre of procurement expertise for local government, we are delighted to be recognising the vital role of businesses that go the extra mile when providing goods and services to councils through our contracts.

“Suppliers to our contracts deliver value for money to the public while implementing innovative approaches to benefit councils and communities, and its right and fitting that those who demonstrate excellence when supporting delivery of public services are recognised.

“Our Supplier Excellence Awards event is a key fixture for the business community as it’s the only awards programme in the country to recognise the achievements of local government suppliers. Shortlisted organisations range from SMEs, large companies and the third sector and I look forward to welcoming them to the event.”

Around 360 delegates are expected to attend the ceremony. 

Scotland Excel is the centre of procurement expertise for the local government sector in Scotland.  It is a non-profit making, shared service funded by all 32 councils.

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