Doe Sport in Methil and Jupiter Play & Leisure in Edinburgh are among those to secure a place on the public sector framework
Seventeen Scottish businesses, including nine in the east of Scotland, have secured places as suppliers on Scotland Excel’s first national contract framework for outdoor play and artificial surfaces.
They join 11 others from south of the border on the multi-million pound contract framework, which will help councils across the UK to source outdoor play equipment to boost the health and wellbeing of children in their communities.
It’s anticipated that the two-year framework will account for a spend of £17.5 million a year.
Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel, which is the centre of procurement expertise for the local government sector in Scotland, said: “This new framework is in place to help Scotland’s councils in their drive to deliver positive opportunities for play in their communities to enhance the health, wellbeing and future development of children.
“We worked closely with Sustainable Procurement Scotland when developing the framework and suppliers have committed to a range of sustainable measures. These include making sure the rubber infill material comes from recycled tyres; donating used, quality equipment to schools and local groups; and promoting biodiversity through planting that can sustain wildlife.
“I welcome the launch of our first ever contract for outdoor play equipment. It gives councils easy access to suppliers that are ready to do business, supports the national Play Strategy for Scotland, and ultimately helps local authorities deliver benefits for children in their communities.”
The framework has secured commitments from suppliers for a range of measures which will give back to communities, including apprentice opportunities, work experience placements, training opportunities, providing materials for community projects, and using small local suppliers and social enterprises for sub-contracted work. Suppliers have also committed to involving young people in the design of play areas and pitches.
The 28 suppliers who each have the opportunity to secure a share of the multi-million pound framework are:
All Play (Ireland) Ltd (Small), Ballynahinch
Allsports Construction & Maintenance Ltd (Small), Dalkeith