The City of Edinburgh Council has been recognised for excellence in procurement and commissioning with two wins at the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
The Council was awarded Contract Management Initiative of the Year for its delivery of decriminalised traffic and parking enforcement through a contract with NSL and Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year for an advertising partnership with JC Decaux at a ceremony in Manchester on Tuesday.
Edinburgh is the only Scottish Council to win at this year’s UK GO Awards
, and is one of just two public bodies to have won two UK GO awards in the same year over the last five years.
The annual GO Awards reward excellence and innovation in public procurement, recognising its role in delivering more efficient and effective services.
Finance and Resources Convener, Councillor Alasdair Rankin, said: “I am delighted with these awards, demonstrating the excellent work carried out by both our Procurement service and Parking Operations, and which show that the Council is clearly leading the field in these key areas.
“A strategic and innovative approach to procurement and purchasing activity, as well as contract management and partnership working, is crucial to our efforts to make budgeted savings, as well as the Council’s Transformation Programme, so I commend all those involved in helping us to achieve this.”
By making efficiencies in areas such as procurement and contract management, the Council aims to make necessary savings over the coming years while retaining essential frontline services.
The Council’s Commercial and Procurement Service provides advice and assistance to customers, enabling them to meet the Council’s purchasing requirements and helping to achieve savings while also supporting the Council’s Transformation Programme.
Parking Operations and Commercial and Procurement Services also offer Local Authorities the opportunity to work as collaborative partners delivering savings and economies of scale across Scotland.
Under the Commercial Excellence Programme, launched in 2013, the service has helped to deliver savings totalling £39m, with savings of £17m made in 2014/15.