12 May 2023

Public sector suppliers honored at national awards

Our judges were blown away by the high standard of entries to the 2023 Supplier Excellence Awards

See the photos from the night on our Flickr account and watch the film with interviews with some of the winners on our YouTube channel.

Scotland Excel’s Supplier Excellence Awards – a key date for the country’s business community and public sector – has taken place, in partnership with Crown Commercial Service.

The event is Scotland’s only awards programme to recognise the achievements of public sector suppliers - where 8 of the 11 awards were won by Scottish organisations.

Scotland Excel oversees a £2bn portfolio of contracts used by councils and other public sector organisations. The awards honor the valuable role of businesses that go the extra mile when supplying goods and services through these contracts.

Awards were presented across specialist categories ranging from supply chain diversity and environmental practices, to customer relationships and community benefits.

The event took place in Glasgow and was hosted by broadcaster Dougie Vipond.

Scotland Excel’s Chief Executive, Julie Welsh said: “As the national centre of procurement expertise for local government, it is important for us to recognise the vital role of businesses that go the extra mile when providing goods and services through our portfolio of frameworks.

 “Suppliers to our contracts deliver value for money for the public while implementing innovative approaches to benefit the public sector and communities, and its right and fitting that we take the time to recognise those who demonstrate excellence when supporting delivery of essential services.

“Our Supplier Excellence Awards event is a key fixture for Scotland’s business community as it’s the only awards programme focused on public sector suppliers. Winners range from SMEs to large companies and I’d like to thank all who came and made the awards ceremony a huge success. Of course a huge well done to all our winners.” 

Around 380 guests attended the ceremony that was supported by several organisations with Crown Commercial Service as the headline partner. Other event supporters were: Brakes Scotland, ICL UK Sales Limited, Union Technical, phs Group, Holyrood Communications, ishga Skincare, The Herald & Times Group, BRB and Supplier Development Programme.

Julie Welsh added: “I also want to thank the partners and supporters that helped us to create such an amazing awards experience for everyone and I look forward to working with them again.”

Paul Hansen, Head of Account Management -Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & Crown Dependencies at Crown Commercial Service, said: “Crown Commercial Service is committed to supporting and collaborating with the Scottish public and third sector. Partnering with Scotland Excel for its awards is also a great way for us to celebrate and recognise the work that the private sector in Scotland does, that ultimately benefits the taxpayer.”


The eleven Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards 2023 winners are listed below and you can read more about the winners here:

Community Benefits Winner - Forth Resource Management (North Berwick, East Lothian)

Community Benefits Winner - The Furnishing Service (East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire)

Customer Relationships Winner - Community Integrated Care (Cheshire)

Environmental Practices Winner - Broxap Ltd (Staffordshire)

Innovation (Large) Winner - Alliance Scotland (Glasgow)

Innovation (SME) Winner - Buddi Ltd (Hertfordshire)

Small Business & Third Sector Winner - Swiis Foster Care Scotland (Dunfermline)

Supply Chain Diversity Winner - Coeval Ltd

Value for Money Winner - Swiis Foster Care Scotland (Dunfermline)

Workforce Development (Large) Winner - Dingbro Ltd (Aberdeenshire)

Workforce Development (SME) Winner - GavHas Services (East Kilbride)


The following highly commended recognitions were also given for two categories:

Customer relationships: Unico Ltd

Value for money: Bancon Construction