The sportscotland National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde in Largs is up and running, thanks to the significant contribution of four supported businesses.
Following a major £12million redevelopment funded by Scottish Government and sportscotland, Inverclyde is now a residential sports training centre, the first of its kind the in UK, designed with inclusivity in mind. The ethos of inclusivity goes beyond the bricks and mortar and extends to the engagement of a number of suppliers to the centre.
NL Industries (Wishaw), Dovetail Enterprises (Dundee), Haven Pts (Larbert) and The Sign Factory (Larbert) all secured contracts to supply goods and services to the new centre in Largs through the Scottish Government Framework for Supported Factories and Businesses.
The aim of the framework is to increase access to procurement opportunities for small businesses, the voluntary sector and disadvantaged individuals across Scotland, and to provide a pathway into the open labour market.
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport said:
“We warmly welcome sportscotland awarding contracts to supported businesses in the delivery of the new National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde.
“It’s an excellent example of how our procurement framework is actively supporting disabled and disadvantaged people access the open labour market which is critical in helping us build a fairer and healthier Scotland for all.”
At the recent Central Government Procurement Improvement event sportscotland’s work with supported businesses was highlighted in the keynote address.
Mel Young, Chair of sportscotland said:
“Right from the start of the project to redevelop our national centre Inverclyde, we were determined that inclusivity would be at its heart, in everything that we did.
“At sportscotland we know the impact that opportunity can have on individuals and communities which is why we were so keen to engage with supported business to deliver our vision at Inverclyde.
“We are absolutely delighted with the quality of the products and services provided by all four of the businesses and are in no doubt that they have helped to make Inverclyde a sporting facility of which all of Scotland can be very proud.”
NL Industries provided the stylish furniture that can be seen throughout the building, from the impressive reception area to the café and dining room overlooking the grounds of the Inverclyde estate.
David McCaig, Business Development Manager with NL Industries said:
“We were extremely proud to be part of this ambitious project. The National Sports Training Centre is an inspiring venue for everyone taking part in sport and we are delighted it showcases some of the high quality furnishings produced by our skilled workforce in Wishaw.”
In each of the 60 accessible twin bedrooms, the beds supplied by Dovetail Enterprises can accommodate even the tallest of basketball players while still leaving space for two wheelchair athletes to move freely around the room.
Ann Jamieson, Sales and Marketing Manager, Dovetail said:
“Dovetail was delighted to be awarded the contract for the supply of client own specification mattresses and bed bases on this exciting and high profile project.
“Working with sportscotland allowed us to demonstrate, not only that our products are high quality and competitively priced, but also that we are able to manufacture to the unique requirements of the client, in this case 7ft long to ensure the tallest of sports personnel could sleep stretched out if so desired.
“sportscotland had a very clear specification in mind, including the base colour, working closely with them to meet the specification or to offer suitable alternatives ensured that these bed bases co-ordinate with the fantastic surroundings of the bedrooms with a mattresses specification to meet all client requirements.
“As a Supported Business it’s fantastic that the sportscotland procurement team engaged and went on to award contracts not just to Dovetail but to others within the group, allowing us all to demonstrate our ability to complete a project on time and on budget, plus fulfilling the specification requirements.”
Staff at the centre, and their sister centre at Cumbrae, are easily identifiable thanks to the smart uniforms delivered by Haven Products in Larbert.
Jamie Lawson, Regional Operating Officer – UK at Haven Products said:
“Haven Products are one of Scotland’s leading Supported Businesses providing vital training and employment opportunities for over 220 disabled workers across our four factory locations in Scotland.
“Having worked very closely with the senior procurement team at sportscotland, Haven Products are delighted to now be a strategic supply chain partner to sportscotland. It is a great honour and testament for our staff that Haven PTS (textile workwear and uniform) business and the Haven Sign Factory business have recently provided products and services for the very impressive newly opened National Sports Training Centre in Largs.”
Navigating around the centre is made simple thanks to the bespoke signage delivered by The Sign Factory, based in Larbert. The signs include a version of Grace’s sign, a campaign by a young girl, Grace Warnock from East Lothian, to highlight that not all disabilities are visible. Grace suffers from Crohn’s disease and has experienced prejudice when using disabled toilets. The signs produced by The Sign Factory are the largest of Grace’s campaign so far.
The Sign Factory also added the ‘wow factor’ to the interior of the building by producing vibrant branding and murals illustrating the sports and athletes that will use the centre.
Martin Delaney, Commercial Manager with Haven Sign Factory said:
“The Haven Sign Factory was delighted to be invited to pitch for and win such a prestigious project. We welcome the opportunity to showcase our skills on such a high profile project. The National Sports Training Centre is a state of the art venue for training at the highest level and demands to be branded as such.
“From our state of the art sign manufacturing plant at Larbert we successfully managed and delivered this project on time and within budget. sportscotland and their design team had a very clear vision of how they wanted the centre to look, I believe The Haven Sign Factory helped them realise that vision. The stunning wall and ceiling graphics bring the studios and public areas to life, while the bold clear way finding graphics and door signs give clear direction when navigating the centre.
“We as a supported Business would like to take this opportunity to thank the sportscotland procurement team for awarding this contract under the Scottish Governments Framework for Supported Businesses, allowing us to show we can deliver products and services at the very highest level and at the same time provide sustainable training and employment opportunities for disabled people in our communities.”
Inverclyde has already welcomed its first residential guests and community users and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The contribution of NL Industries, Dovetail Enterprises, Haven Pts and The Sign Factory has played a significant part in enhancing the Inverclyde experience.