Comprising a range of organisations previously known as 'the GHA family', Wheatley Group - named after Glasgow MP John Wheatley, the father of social housing - was formed in 2012 and is building a reputation as Scotland's leading housing, community regeneration and care group. Its subsidiaries are:
- Scotland's largest social landlord, Glasgow Housing Association;
- Cube Housing Association with 3,300 affordable homes across the West of Scotland;
- Scotland's "Feel Good Factor" YourPlace Property Management;
- commercial subsidiary Lowther Homes, which has 340 mid and full-market homes to rent from Glasgow's West End to Leith.
Wheatley, rooted in communities, while contributing to national outcomes, continues to ensure tenants and factored homeowners are at the heart of all local decision making.
The Care Inspectorate is the official statutory body responsible for inspecting standards and furthering improvement of social work and social care in Scotland. That means we regulate and inspect care services to make sure they are operating at the levels we expect. We also carry out joint inspections with other bodies to check how well local partnerships are working to support adults and children. We help ensure social work, including criminal justice social work, meets high standards.
It is our responsibility to provide assurance and protection for people who use services, their families and carers and the wider public. We play a key part in improving services for adults and children across Scotland, acting as a catalyst for change, improvement, innovation and promoting good practice.
We are an executive non-departmental public body. This means we operate independently from Scottish Ministers but are accountable to them and are publicly funded. Our functions, duties and powers are set out in the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 and in the Management Statement and Financial Memorandum drawn up by the Scottish Government Directorate for Health and Social Care Integration.
Our regulatory work includes registering and inspecting care services, dealing with complaints and carrying out enforcement action, where necessary. We also play a significant role in supporting improvement in care services and local partnerships.
The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service is focused on developing a culture of business excellence in all manufacturing companies in Scotland.
Working with thousands of businesses, SMAS plays a vital role in helping manufacturers in Scotland to achieve success in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Cost, quality and delivery performance, along with increased capacity and enhanced staff morale are just some of the benefits their clients are now enjoying.
PRISM Alba offers a fresh approach to developing people, business and markets.
They offer expertise in Business Development, Training, Conference and Event Management, Campaign Creation and Development, Communications and Marketing. Their focus is on you, the customer. They are always pushing for perfection but never at the expense of progress and think deeply to understand your objectives with a focus on the delivery of quality results in a competitive market.
ScotRail is one of the largest regional train operators in the UK and was presented with a Scottish Award for Business Excellence in 2014, along with a Recognised for Excellence 5 Star award.
The train operator – now operated by Abellio - believes it has a social responsibility to passengers which extends beyond train journeys. The delivery of safe, reliable and comfortable services is the starting point, but ScotRail goes further to ensure its services play an integrated role in the socio-economic development of the communities it serves.
An independent passenger survey recently found that 90% of customers are ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the service provided by ScotRail, a 3 per cent increase year on year.
Quality Scotland is pleased to recognise the following organisations as Supporters of our Scottish Awards for Business Excellence 2017.