The Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) has revealed that it has secured its landmark 100th partner. The SPA is dedicated to benefiting Scotland’s social housing and public buildings.

The SPA provides partners, such as councils, housing associations, universities and emergency services, with access to innovative procurement solutions that aim to drive social value by streamlining construction, refurbishment and maintenance contracts. The partner organisations delivered in surplus of £160 million worth of projects in the year 2018-19 via their procurement solutions.

The 100th partner joining the Scottish Procurement Alliance shows that the Alliance plays a valuable role in helping public sector organisations in Scotland work with the supply chain, which helps deliver projects in a faster and more cost-effective manner.

In 2018-19 SPA worked with 43 partners to deliver more than 220 projects, to a value of £160 million. Projects ranged in size and scope of work and included the £16m Balloch Campus new school development for West Dunbartonshire Council to an £18,000 door replacement programme for Hawthorne Housing Co-operative.

The Scottish Government has committed to the delivery of 50,000 new homes, of which 35,000 are to be affordable housing, by the end of the next parliament. SPA frameworks will be used by its partners to deliver more than 3500 homes in Scotland – 10% of the Government’s 2021 target for social rent housing.

SPA Director Clive Feeney said “SPA has team of dedicated experts firmly focused on championing best practice and ensuring partners can benefit from access to specialist procurement solutions that deliver social value in their communities.

“SPA frameworks provide our partners with a quick and easy route to market – saving time, resources and money.

“We share the aspirations of Partners, suppliers, residents and other community groups to create better buildings and homes across Scotland to ‘futureproof’ the country.

“Reaching the milestone 100th partner cements the important link SPA has with Scotland’s public organisations, local businesses and local communities.”

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