☛ Want the latest procurement and supply chain news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for the Supply Management Daily
24 October 2012 | Anna Reynolds
The Scottish government is developing its Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website to advertise sub-contract opportunities, after a successful trial with Balfour Beatty.
Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern won the £44 million contract to construct a purpose-built Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh for the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, which is due for completion in early 2014.
A clause in the contract meant that Balfour Beatty could advertise any sub-contract opportunities through the PCS website. As a result, 23 out of the 25 sub-contracts went to Scottish companies.
Gary Robinson, head of Development Branch at Scottish Procurement, told SM: “We are using tools that we have built up in public procurement to build a sustainable supply chain. Using local suppliers is not only cheaper for the government, but also means projects are delivered on time and in a far more transparent process.”
Robinson continued: “Often primary contractors will drag supply chains from Europe to work locally. They will build it and leave something that we can’t sustain. Engaging a local supply base creates ownership.”
Speaking at the Procurex conference in Glasgow yesterday, Bill Doig, senior commercial manager at Balfour Beatty, said: “This benefits us all. We have local companies employing local labour thereby benefiting the local community. And for Balfour Beatty, new sub-contractors have been identified, which is of great benefit to ourselves for future work.
“This has been a great example of collaborative working with the Scottish government.”
The government plans to make this a standard process across Scotland by the beginning of next year, with all large construction contracts re-tendering smaller, sub-contracts through PCS.
The scheme has also been piloted on the Forth Replacement Crossing project in Edinburgh.