Scotland Excel has retained its CIPS Corporate Certification – Standard five years after becoming the first public sector body in Scotland to receive it.
The centre of procurement expertise for local government in Scotland was judged against five key criteria – leadership and organisation, strategy, people, processes and systems, and performance measurement and management.
“The fact that we were, until recently, the only Scottish public sector organisation to have achieved this certification was a real source of pride,” said Julie Welsh, director. “From the moment we received the news that we had retained our certification, there was a sense of achievement.”
Established in 2008, the organisation’s remit is to work collaboratively with members and suppliers to raise procurement standards, secure best value for customers and improve the efficiency of public sector procurement in Scotland.
It has a collaborative contract portfolio worth in excess of £600 million and helps generate about £20 million in savings a year for local authorities.
“Scotland Excel may be a leader in its field, but we are continually striving to improve. This latest certification confirms that our processes, policies and – most importantly – our staff, are working together to lead, deliver and support change not just within Scotland Excel, but across local government procurement.
“It reflects our ambition to be seen as the leading procurement organisation in Scotland,” Welsh said. Councillor Mike Holmes of Renfrewshire Council and convenor of Scotland Excel, added: “Accreditation gives authorities the confidence that Scotland Excel can contribute to delivering social, economic and environmental benefits associated with improved procurement practices.”