Reuse consortium scoops top award

The ground breaking CRNS Reuse Consortium is celebrating after scooping a prestigious local government award.

CRNS collected the Award for Third Sector & Small Business at the prestigious Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards held at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Thursday 20 February. 

The award recognises how a consortium of third sector suppliers can deliver consistently high quality service on a national framework. At a time of climate emergency and with the Scottish Welfare Fund under pressure, the Reuse Consortium provides an opportunity for councils to reduce landfill waste and help more people in need.

Scotland Excel’s Director, Julie Welsh said: “We are delighted to recognise the vital role of businesses that go the extra mile when providing goods and services through our contracts.

 “It’s right and fitting that companies such as the CRNS Reuse Consortium which demonstrate excellence when supporting delivery of public services are applauded for their achievements.”

The Reuse Consortium was established in 2016 and secured a place on the Scotland Excel Framework for domestic furniture.  Since then: five local authorities have chosen to purchase reuse furniture through the Consortium, generating over £1million of valuable income for Consortium members, creating 14 jobs, diverting over 500 tonnes of furniture from landfill, and helping over 5000 households in need.

Michael Cook, CEO of CRNS, said “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award in the category of Small Business/Third sector.   This demonstrates the confidence that, as a consortium of community-based reuse furniture charities, we are able to deliver a consistently high quality service on a national framework contract. 

At a time when the Scottish Government has declared a climate emergency, and Council welfare budgets are under severe pressure to cope with demand, the Reuse Consortium provides an opportunity for local authorities to reduce landfill waste, support social enterprises, and stretch their budgets to help more people in need.”

CRNS are tendering later this year to be on the new Framework contract with Scotland Excel, with valuable support from Partnership for Procurement (P4P), which builds on the past support P4P has provided to the consortium.

Yvonne McBride, Manager of P4P, said “ CRNS is an excellent example of consortium working in action and demonstrates the effectiveness of collaboration in procurement”