Re-imagining Scottish Local Government
MacRoberts LLP is one of Scotland's leading commercial law firms, with full-service offices in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
We have 48 partners supported by over 100 additional lawyers, providing a full range of commercial legal services to public and private companies, entrepreneurs, public sector and governmental bodies, in all sectors of the UK economy. We have 22 lawyers who are accredited as specialists by The Law Society of Scotland, and 21 practice groups.
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
As the Centre of Procurement Expertise for local government, Scotland Excel believes that procurement has a strategic role to play at the heart of public service delivery. Scotland's local authorities spend c. £5bn each year on goods and services, and procurement can help to maximise the financial, social, economic and environmental value of this investment.
Scotland Excel develops and manages collaborative contracts where a common requirement is identified across our sector. With a portfolio of more than 40 collaborative contracts, Scotland Excel is helping customers achieve savings of more than £18m each year.
Our contracts also consider the wider benefits that can be delivered by suppliers including training, apprenticeships, community involvement, sustainable products and recycling. Our work in the high value areas of social care, construction and waste services is helping to shape markets and improve outcomes for service users.
Scotland Excel champions procurement capability with a range of projects and initiatives to help customers realise the benefits of improved procurement practices within their own organisations. As a leading provider of procurement training, our Establishing Procurement Capabilities learning and development programme has attracted more than 3,000 delegates from around 100 public sector organisations.
Scotland Excel was established in April 2008 and is a non-profit organisation funded by all 32 local authorities in Scotland. Associate membership is open to other public sector organisations including police, fire, housing associations, charities and voluntary groups.
For further information, visit www.scotland-excel.org.uk.
The Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) is the independent voice of economic development in Scotland.
EDAS is the country’s foremost membership driven association for all organisations and individuals with an interest in economic development.
We aim to facilitate a substantial improvement in the effectiveness of economic development activity in Scotland by helping to raise the knowledge, skills and networks of those involved in all aspects of economic development. With over 3000 members and a positive approach to collaborative working, we encourage your involvement and welcome your input. www.edas.org.uk
The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP) is an independent public policy think tank. Our unique voice stems from our cross-party, and no party approach, as well as our membership base which includes individuals, trusts, public, private and voluntary organisations.
Our aim is to lead debate, research, and identify solutions on the economic and social challenges facing Scotland. We focus on the importance of place (Scotland’s cities, towns and rural communities) and people (public service innovation and community empowerment), as well as facilitating debate on Scotland’s future direction. Working with stakeholders across the policy landscape we seek to effect change that improves life outcomes for all those who live in Scotland, and may also provide exemplars of good practice globally.
Reform Scotland is a public policy institute or 'think tank' which was established as a separate Scottish charity, completely independent of any political party or any other organisation and funded by donations from individuals, charitable trusts and corporate organisations. Its objective is to set out policies in Scotland that deliver increased economic prosperity and more effective public services based on the traditional Scottish principles of limited government, diversity and personal responsibility.
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Thu 27th Aug 2020
Tue 1st Sep 2020
Very relevant to current role; all speakers were very good.