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as well as three tier 1 contractors (with balfour beatty recently appointed in addition to baM and Morrison construction) employing around 1400 staff in Scotland, we have a large, professional supply chain of almost 100 companies to call upon to assist clients in delivering community infrastructure developments in the South East territory. these include 3 FM contractors, 34 architects,
17 Mechanical & Electrical Specialists, and 18 civil & Structural companies.
We remain committed to ensuring that local businesses bene t from Hub projects being delivered in their area. almost all (98%) of the work packages on the completed West lothian Early years project this year were awarded
to Scottish SMEs and across our 10 years since inception, 82% of construction work packages have been awarded to Scottish SMEs. on average, each of our three tier 1s has more than 300 Scottish SMEs on its supply chain and a great deal of work is carried out to ensure local SMEs can engage with Hub projects, from Meet the buyer Events to leadership training and supply chain networking events.
We are also keen to ensure the continued use of social enterprises where possible. this year, through the Forest Kindergartens project, we were able to offer an opportunity to edinburgh based construction social enterprise, Rebuild to get involved. Rebuild supports individuals with barriers to work such as ex-offenders, formerly homeless, sufferers of ptsd and other mental health difficulties. Rebuild were involved in the leith Meanwhile project in 2018 and by engaging with the team again, trainees were given the chance to work on kitting out shipping containers, resulting positively on individuals’ skills, experience and con dence during their time on site.

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