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Go Awards Scotland – Social Value Award for City Region Deal Gigabit Connectivity Framework

The GO Awards Scotland recognise achievement and excellence in procurement. At a ceremony held on 19 April 2022, the Aberdeen City Region Deal funded Full Fibre Project was announced as the outright winner of the prestigious Social Value Award.

Friday, April 22, 2022
The GO Awards Scotland recognise achievement and excellence in procurement. At a ceremony held on 19 April 2022, the Aberdeen City Region Deal funded Full Fibre Project was announced as the outright winner of the prestigious Social Value Award. The award specifically recognised innovative and ambitious approaches to community benefits/social value in the Gigabit Framework which was key to the success of the project. The Full Fibre Project is a collaborative partnership between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian and NEOS Networks (the supplier), under the Aberdeen City Region Deal, to bring full-fibre connectivity to the region to boost economic activity, quality of life and improve the delivery of public services. The project consciously made explicit links between community benefit outcomes and key national and local socio-economic priorities such as: inclusive economic growth, digital inclusion, employability & skills and community support. Neos Networks is proud to announce that the project is helping to better enable and connect a traditionally hard to reach region to telecoms infrastructure.
Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, Neos Networks has worked in close partnership with the Council and key stakeholders to deliver an extremely ambitious and creative programme of community benefits that will leave an enduring legacy beyond the life of the framework. #abzdeal will continue to apply the same principles and values to make a meaningful contribution to inclusive economic growth/a green wellbeing economy in future projects involving multiple stakeholders.

Lorna Ormiston (Projects Director – Neos Networks) commented “This award is fantastic recognition of genuine hard work and collaboration. Neos Networks are pleased to have partnered with all stakeholders in delivering real tangible improvements to the local area as a result of the delivery of full fibre.” We have also focused on additional goals around achieving apprenticeships, supporting foundation apprenticeships and upskilling in the local schools through our STEM education packages. This has had a positive impact in the local area, and we look forward to continuing working together in the years ahead.”

Scottish Government Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said:
“I congratulate the winner on this achievement. This award is positive recognition of how the Full Fibre Project has managed to bring wider community benefits through the public procurement process.
“In addition to supporting increased ultrafast fibre connectivity, the project has supported apprenticeships, work placements, upskilling courses and STEM career promotion in schools.
“I am delighted to see the positive outcomes that are being achieved by the Scottish Government’s investment in digital infrastructure projects through the Deal and additional side-package funding. This amounts to £15 million overall.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:
"It is fantastic that the Full Fibre Project, backed by £3 million City Deal funding from the UK Government, has won this award for creating social value while drastically improving digital connectivity.
"Across Scotland the UK Government has announced £2 billion of investment for regional initiatives to level up communities."

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