February 20th 2018 | Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow


19 Aug
' Nominations Open '
6 Dec
' Nominations Close '
6 Jan
' Shortlist Announced '
20 Feb
' Awards Ceremony '

Awards Ceremony

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Supplier Excellence

Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards 2018

The Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards celebrate the innovation and excellence demonstrated by suppliers supporting the delivery of public services across Scotland.

The prestigious awards ceremony includes a welcome reception and three course dinner. Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, will deliver an opening address and Dougie Vipond, Scottish broadcaster and founder member of Deacon Blue, is our compère for the evening. 


Where will the Awards Ceremony take place?

Tuesday 20 February at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

The Radisson Blu Hotel is located a few short steps away from Glasgow Central Railway Station. Buchanan Bus Station and Queen Street Rail Station are less than a 10-minute walk away.

The M8 and M74 motorways are both just 2 minutes from the hotel. Car parking is available nearby at NCP Oswald Street.


What time does the Ceremony begin?

The evening will begin with a drinks reception at 19.00, followed by an awards dinner and ceremony from 19.30.

Wine will be provided with the meal and there will be a pay bar with table service for any other drinks. 

The event will finish at approximately 23:00.


Is there a dress code?

The dress code is formal, black tie.


How much do tickets cost? 

There are a number of ticketing options available.

The awards dinner is £99 + VAT to attend or £950 + VAT for a table of ten.

Tickets can be bought by following the link at the top of this page. 


What happens if my organisation wins an award?

If you win the award you will be invited up to stage when your name has been announced. You will have an opportunity to say a few words after collecting your award and certificate and you will have your photo taken with the presenters. These photos will be published in an article in Holyrood magazine and online on the winners page of this site.


Running Order

19:00 - Drinks reception
19:30 - Welcome from the host, Dougie Vipond 
19:40 - Opening address by Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution
19:45 - Dinner Served 
21:30 - Awards ceremony
22:35 - Closing address by Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel
22:50 - Closing remarks from the host  
23:00 - Opportunity to continue networking in the bar/carriages



Your MC for the evening will be Dougie Vipond, Scottish broadcaster and founder member of Deacon Blue. 

Dougie Vipond is a regular presenter on BBC Scotland. He hosts the Adventure Show and was the anchor and main reporter for BBC Scotland's  Sportscene. He used to present Reporting Scotland and worked as a reporter on Radio Scotland's nightly football magazine, 90 Minutes. Dougie has also worked for Grandstand presenting coverage of The St. Andrews Trophy and Boys Open Golf.

His love of sport and getting his hands dirty resulted in BBC Scotland commissioning an adventure sports series called Backcountry With Dougie Vipond in which Dougie presented and took part in a variety of outdoor sports and competitions.

In addition to his work at the BBC, Dougie has presented live coverage of the World Bowls Championship for Euro-sport.

Over the years, Dougie has worked across many broadcast genres including six years reporting for BBC's Holiday, Summer Holiday and Holidays Out programmes. He co-presented The Kirsty Wark Show and The Big Country, BBC Scotland's guide to leisure activities north of the border and spent two weeks as guest presenter on ITV's This Morning. 

Even though much of his time is taken up with Sports programmes these days, Dougie still finds time to branch out into other areas. He completed a second series of Take It From The Top, a features series for Radio Scotland.

In a past life, Dougie was founder member and drummer with the band Deacon Blue with whom he recorded and toured for eight years. He still plays with the band when commitments allow. His expertise in music has helped when presenting The Score for Channel 4, Och Around The Clock, a history of Jock n Roll and T in the Park for BBC Scotland plus The Blues and Soul Show, a weekly celebration of black music on Radio Scotland