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Scottish Procurement Alliance renews its strategic partnership with SFHA

The joint working relationship between SPA and SFHA has provided members with advice and guidance, events, seminars and workshops. 

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Since Scottish Procurement Alliance’s (SPA) formation in 2016, SFHA has been working in partnership with the not-for-profit organisation.

This joint working saw the creation of the Procurement Advisory Service, which improved public value through better understanding and implementation of Scottish procurement regulations. SPA provided the financial backing so that SFHA members could access the service free of charge

This service included an enquiry function, guidance, seminars and workshops, and procurement roadshow events throughout Scotland. Ninety per cent of RSLs throughout the country interacted with the service, and over 1,000 individuals used it.

As the pandemic necessitated a move to home working and online events, SPA produced a timetable of procurement knowledge training webinars for SFHA members. These webinars included procurement training for different seniority levels and the future landscape of procurement.

Lesley Anderson, SPA Head of Procurement, said: “Since our inception, we have been working together with SFHA to support its members and the wider public sector. At SPA, we offer procurement and technical advice to all our partners as part of our added value service.

“We are proud of the work we have done for SFHA members which has improved public value through better understanding and implementation of Scottish procurement regulations.”

Sally Thomas, SFHA Chief Executive, said: “Partnering with SPA allowed all of our members, throughout Scotland, to gain access to its procurement knowledge and support.

“SPA recognised the importance of procurement advice and support for the sector before the regulations came into force and continues to assist the sector in upskilling their workforce.”

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