Firms get share of light­ing deal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen-based com­pany is set to ben­e­fit from tak­ing part in a new na­tional buy­ing frame­work for coun­cils.

The new street light frame­work, de­vel­oped by Scot­land Ex­cel, will help lo­cal au­thor­i­ties drive for­ward large-scale LED (light emit­ting diode) re­place­ment pro­grammes.

The four-year deal is ex­pected to be worth a to­tal of £20mil­lion, and 13 sup­pli­ers – in­clud­ing Ruther­glen-based SPIE Lim­ited – now have the op­por­tu­nity to se­cure a share of this busi­ness fol­low­ing a de­tailed ten­der process.

Provost Eileen Lo­gan, who rep­re­sents South La­nark­shire on Scot­land Ex­cel’s ex­ec­u­tive sub com­mit­tee, said: “I wel­come this new Scot­land Ex­cel frame­work that will give Scot­tish coun­cils quick and easy ac­cess to the spe­cial­ist man power needed to de­liver their ma­jor LED street light up­grades.

“It’s also good news for the area that SPIE Lim­ited is one of 13 frame­work sup­pli­ers that could ben­e­fit from the money be­ing spent by coun­cils on th­ese up­grades.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity is at the heart of this frame­work. Its key fo­cus is help­ing coun­cils de­liver street light re­place­ment pro­grammes that will cut emis­sions and run­ning costs be­cause LED lights use be­tween 50 and 60 per cent less en­ergy than tra­di­tional lamps.”

John Ste­wart, di­vi­sional di­rec­tor with SPIE Lim­ited, said: “We are happy to sup­port im­por­tant schemes such as this that will ben­e­fit lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and demon­strate our com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing and elim­i­nat­ing im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.”

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