Procurement expert McClelland joins hub company

8 February 2013

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10 February 2013 | Eden Patrick & Andy Allen

Public sector procurement expert John McClelland has been appointed chairman of the South-West hub Company (hubCo).

The hub is one of five launched at the end of 2012 by the Scottish Futures Trust to deliver value for money on public sector infrastructure across Scotland.

The south-west hub collaborates with 14 public sector bodies and Alliance Community Partnerships – a group of private sector firms appointed by the SFT - to deliver infrastructure worth over £600 million in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Lanarkshire.

As chairman, McClelland will oversee the hub company’s work with local contactors and suppliers to deliver improved public services across the hub’s territory.

He said in a statement: “I’m delighted to be taking up this position and I am very much looking forward to being part of the successful hub programme, working with the public and private sector partners to help deliver real benefits and savings to local people.”

“The long-term nature of the hub programme helps create new local employment and training which is vital in the current economic climate, as well as supporting the development of long–term sustainable business in local communities.”

In 2006 McClelland, a former board director of Rangers FC, conducted a review of public sector procurement in Scotland which called for urgent action to reform purchasing in the country to make savings. Last summer he completed a similar review in Wales, which called for more qualified procurement professionals.

* Meanwhile, the Scottish Government is to spend £3.1 billion on capital projects in 2012/13, maintaining an estimated 40,000 jobs, according to deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Sturgeon spoke as the Scottish Government released an update to its Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP), originally unveiled in December 2011.

The spending is on schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure projects that will be built across Scotland up to 2030.

In 2013/14 spending is estimated to rise to £3.4 billion. The Scottish Government said that in 2012, nine of the major infrastructure projects included in the IIP, with a value of over £600 million, were completed.

Sturgeon said the investment would continue despite cuts in Scotland's capital budget of 26 per cent. "That is good news for our economy and our construction industry, which we know benefits from the certainty and vision of the future the Infrastructure Investment Plan provides,” she added.

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