Public Procurement and Property

GO Awards Scotland finalists part 3

October 10, 2018 by No Comments | Category community benefits, Fair Work, GO Awards Scotland, National Procurement Conference, Procurement news, Scottish Procurement, SMEs

Team – SG Procurement, Contract and Supplier Management and Capability

Category – Social and Community Benefit in Procurement Award

Project – Delivering the Scottish Government’s flagship fuel poverty scheme

The aim of this contract is to provide support to fuel poor households across Scotland, offering a range of energy efficiency measures (EEM) which improve the fabric of the building and reduce fuel bills. The initiative was launched by the First Minister in 2015.

Our key objectives were to:

• Reduce fuel poverty
• Reduce emissions of CO2 from homes
• Improve Scotland’s housing stock
• Improve economic growth via employment opportunities and training
• Provide value for money

The team innovated by redesigning a contract pricing system, which accommodated a regional price model at the same time as providing full cost transparency for all EEM components and regional based labour charges. They also built in specific award criteria to address Fair Work Practices (FWP) through the entire supply chain.

By holding a Supplier Day the team engaged directly with key stakeholders. This provided vital feedback which allowed them to overcome a range of challenges, such as how to attract contractors when the project received up to 8,000 customer referrals per year, and how to meet with the wider policy objectives relating to fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions and maximise supply chain opportunities for local SMEs.

So far, the contract has supported over 11,000 people previously living in fuel poverty, employed over 300 people (including 18 completed apprenticeships) and created a supply chain of 29 Scottish SMEs, all of whom are contracted to deliver social benefits in their local areas. Warmer Homes Scotland has become a cornerstone of the Scottish Governments Fuel Poverty strategy for 2018.

For more information please contact Scott Brice.

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