SPA reaches partner milestone

Clive Feeney

SCOTTISH Procurement Alliance (SPA) has announced it has secured its 100th partner since launching in 2016.

The organisation provides partners such as councils, housing associations, universities and emergency services with access to procurement solutions. Partner organisations delivered more than £160 million worth of projects in 2018-19 alone, with projects ranging from the £16 million Balloch Campus for West Dunbartonshire Council to an £18,000 door replacement programme for Hawthorne Housing Co-operative.

SPA described the sign-up of its 100th partner as an ‘overwhelming endorsement’ of its role in helping public sector organisations to work with Scotland’s supply chain to deliver projects ‘better, faster and more cost-effectively’.

With the Scottish Government 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 3,500 homes in Scotland.

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 ‘future-proof’ the country. Reaching the milestone 100th partner cements the important link SPA has with Scotland’s public organisations, local businesses and local communities. And the scale and success of the works undertaken on SPA projects to date, underlines the vital position SPA holds in Scotland’s supply chain network.”