13 December 2020

The value of Scotland Excel: Each council sent detailed report

Scottish councils have been sent reports outlining the benefits we bring

Councils across Scotland have been sent detailed reports that outline the value and benefits they gain from working with Scotland Excel.

Councils are Scotland Excel’s core members and the organisation’s 70-strong portfolio of frameworks is specifically designed to bring them efficiencies and quality while also delivering social and economic benefits to their communities.

A key finding is that Scotland Excel saved the country’s local government sector £14.9 million during the last financial year alone.

Of the organisation’s 1,107 suppliers, 659 are Scottish. And of these, 79 per cent are SMEs – meaning Scotland Excel’s frameworks not only deliver savings, but also create local and regional businesses opportunities.

The reports let councils know the percentage of suppliers in their area (on Scotland Excel frameworks) that pay the Real Living Wage. Another key finding is that 83 percent of all Scotland Excel suppliers pay the Real Living Wage.

Julie Welsh, Scotland Excel’s Chief Executive, said: “Our collaborative procurement approach increases efficiency and makes sure money is saved which can be diverted towards front line services. By working together through Scotland Excel, councils can realise a host of social, economic and environmental benefits from their spend and I am proud of the savings we have achieved.”

In addition to achieving savings through goods and services sourced through its frameworks, Scotland Excel also delivers cost avoidance to councils. A national framework for councils to use replaces the need for them to carry out individual procurement exercises 32 times – meaning a significant resource saving.

Julie added: “The value we bring to the sector goes beyond financial savings, and each council’s tailored report gives updates on community benefits, local spend and support for local economies. I look forward to continuing to support our member councils to source the wide range of goods and services they need.”