New crime campus at Gartcosh gives a boost to Scottish companies

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DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the new Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh to announce that more companies in Scotland are winning public contracts.

Figures from Public Contracts Scotland (PCS), the national advertising portal, show that 80 per cent of 13,308 suppliers awarded contracts through the online portal in 2012 were based in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon unveiled the PCS annual report during a visit to the Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh as she highlighted that of the 300 workers onsite, 87 per cent come from within a radius of 25 miles.

She said: “As these statistics illustrate, public sector contracts are of great significance to Scottish businesses and play an important role in building a wealthier and more successful nation.”

The £82million FBI-style crime campus is expected to be complete by the end of this year, with staff moving in by February 2014.

Pat Shannon, managing director for Glasgow-based Craig and Buchanan, one of several local small or medium sized companies to win a contract within the new campus, said: “The Scottish Crime Campus contract is worth £806,000 to us, which is significant value for a business of our size.”

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