hub South West Scotland works with Constructionline to provide work opportunities for local SMEs
hub South West Scotland is a public - private partnership that enables cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities within South West Scotland. Its aim is to generate growth in the local economy through partnership working and procurement.
hub South West comprises a number of public sector participants and a consortium of private sector partners; Equitix, Galliford Try, Graham Construction and Kier Construction - collectively called Alliance Community Partnerships.
The partnership aims to invest over £500 million in new public buildings over the next 5 years; delivering a programme of schools, health centres and office accommodation throughout Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway - increasing to £1 billion over the next 10 years.
As a part of their duty to provide public sector participants with access to quality contractors to allow them to deliver projects on time and on budget, hub South West is developing a Territory Supplier Network that comprises a wide and diverse supply chain of small, medium and large contractors/sub-contractors, facilities management companies and professional services organisations.
hub South West has adopted Constructionline to simplify their procurement process when recruiting sub-contractors for their Supplier Network. Gordon Hunter, Supply Chain Development Manager at hub South West Scotland said, “We joined Constructionline in 2013 and found that 90% of our existing supply chain was already registered on the system.”
Gordon continued, “Constructionline has been instrumental in the development of our Supplier Network. The system gives us access to more than 25,000 suppliers who have all been assessed to the necessary standards, removing the need for repetitive questionnaire completion. This not only saves us and our participants a considerable amount of time and money in procurement, it also reduces needless costs for sub-contractors joining our Supplier Network.”
Supporting local SMEs
The partnership is committed to utilising a local supply chain. So, by actively encouraging small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to join their Supplier Network, hub South West seeks to provide local contract opportunities and consequently help potential suppliers secure work.
Gordon Hunter told us, “In 2016, we’re committed to ensure that at least 65% of tendering opportunities are awarded to locally based businesses. We plan to support these businesses with information about projects, skills development and to build their networks with top tier contractors. This way, they’ll be well placed to turn any opportunities into contracts.”
“The Constructionline system enables us to filter our search results by enterprise category to find the SME contractors in our region, a great source of local trades for our Supplier Network.”
Face-to-face support and development
In September 2015, as a part of their ‘Building for Growth’ programme, hub South West Scotland held a series of workshops to provide local suppliers with essential training in areas such as tendering, people management, IT and marketing, as well as the chance to build relationships with leading top tier contractors such as Kier Construction, Graham Construction and Morrison Construction.
Constructionline Strategic Account Lead, Fiona Graham* and Business Development Manager, Scott McVey** were on-hand to support these events; attending to provide local SMEs with advice on meeting clients’ tender requirements. Fiona explained, “Like hub South West, Constructionline is committed to up-skilling suppliers and providing them with access to opportunities in their local community. By working together at these events, we can give suppliers the tools they need to win more work.”
*Fiona Graham has since left Constructionline.
**Scott McVey is now Regional Sales Manager North.