Scotland Excel – February 2020
A Scottish social enterprise is celebrating after scooping a prestigious local government award.
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) collected the Small Business and Third Sector award at the prestigious Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards held at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on 20 February. More than 300 guests from across the public and private sectors attended the glittering ceremony hosted by broadcaster, Dougie Vipond.
The award was in recognition of the company’s project ‘The Reuse Consortium – Providing Furniture for Good’ which demonstrated how a consortium approach can enable small third sector suppliers to deliver a consistently high quality service on a national framework contract, reduce landfill waste and help people in need.
The Supplier Excellence Awards is the only award programme dedicated to the role of suppliers in public procurement, and celebrate the economic, social and environmental benefits delivered for communities through Scotland Excel contracts.
Michael Cook, CEO of Community Resources Network Scotland, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award in the category of Small Business and Third Sector. The CRNS Reuse Consortium secured a place on the Scotland Excel Framework for domestic furniture just over three years ago, and this is the second time we have won an award for supplier excellence. This demonstrates the confidence that, as a consortium of community-based reuse furniture charities, we are able to deliver a consistently high-quality service on a national framework contract.
“At a time when the Scottish Government has declared a climate emergency, and Council welfare budgets are under severe pressure to cope with demand, the Reuse Consortium provides an opportunity for local authorities to reduce landfill waste, support social enterprises, and stretch their budgets to help more people in need. Four Councils have so far taken this opportunity – Fife, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Renfrewshire – and we expect others to follow their lead. This recognition means so much for the Consortium members who are dedicated to providing incredible services that benefit local people in their communities – thank you to Furniture Plus, Castle Furniture, Instant Neighbour, Second Opportunities and Stella’s Voice!”
Convener of Scotland Excel, Councillor John Shaw, said: “Our suppliers play a vital role in supporting delivery of essential public services and it is right and fitting that we recognise those that go the extra mile.
“Winning a Supplier Excellence Award is a real accolade for the business community, as it’s the only awards programme in the country to recognise the achievements of local government suppliers. Competition was tough, and our expert judging panel had its work cut out.
“My congratulations go to Community Resources Network Scotland for their hard work and well-deserved success in these prestigious awards.”
Scotland Excel is the centre of procurement expertise for local government in Scotland. The Supplier Excellence Awards are open to more than 900 suppliers participating in their national contracts worth £1.9bn per annum.