Case Study - Local suppliers win school refurbishment work

RB Grant is a medium-sized electrical business that has benefitted from PCS email alerts to relevant contract opportunities. With an average of 30 public sector contracts a year, the business attributes around 70 per cent of its turnover to working with local authorities, housing associations and NHS.

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SMEs are benefitting in a big way from large and small public sector contract opportunities across Scotland thanks to The Scottish Governments advertising portal, Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).

84 per cent of businesses registered on the PCS website are SMEs, winning around 60 per cent of all advertised contracts.

When Fife Council began tendering for works planned for Ceres Primary School, RB Grant went through the familiar routine online to secure one of the contract opportunities – the supply of electrical, fire alarms and communications installations at the school.

RB Grant is one of the twenty Scottish SMEs to have won part of the over £1.2m worth of contracts tendered by Fife Council in relation to refurbishment work for Ceres Primary School.

Ronnie Grant, Marketing Manager of RB Grant, said: “Public Contracts Scotland has been a means of expanding our reach across Scotland by opening doors to contract opportunities with local authorities we may not otherwise have been aware of.

“Having all public sector contracts in one place makes the PCS alerts an extremely useful tool. When the alert came up for the Ceres Primary School contract, we decided to go for it as it was a local opportunity and fitted our expertise and experience.

“Our skilled electricians from our Kirkcaldy office work mostly night shifts in the new extension and periodically in the existing property to avoid disrupting the students during their school hours. The contract worth £74,000 began in August and is due to carry on through to April next year.

“We’re very proud to have a good working relationship with Fife Council and other local authorities and hope to continue to be a supplier of choice by wining contracts through PCS.”

Colin Sneddon, Building Services at Fife Council, commented on the Ceres Primary School contracts: “For the scale of the works being carried out at Ceres Primary School, we needed to ensure that the suppliers we chose to build the extension to this historic and complex building were of the highest quality.

“With over twenty contracts involved for this one site, PCS was a vital and helpful tool for the tendering process. It allowed us to put all of our requirements in one place and secure the right suppliers for the works. We have a duty bound obligation to delver best value on all our projects by meeting the needs of the building users and local community.  

“We are delighted to have found the professionals we were looking for in small and medium-sized businesses locally and across the country. RB Grant is the right company for this project; their flexibility and proactive attitude will prove to be a credit to the completed building.”