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Haven Top of the League

Haven Top of the League

Matt Harley, Operations Manager at Haven (centre) receives the top award at The Edrington Group's Supplier of the Year Awards at Edinburgh Castle.

Contract packing firm Haven has come top of the league at The Edrington Group's Supplier of the Year Awards.

The Glasgow-based firm was presented with the overall Supplier of the Year Award, in addition to a Gold Award for outstanding service, at a special ceremony held at Edinburgh Castle.

The annual awards ceremony recognises The Edrington Group's suppliers for their contribution to the success of its business. The process of selecting award winners involves measuring and ranking the performance of its key suppliers in the areas of product quality, delivery, reliability and flexibility.

Haven, a social firm providing meaningful employment and training opportunities for disabled people since 1946, is part of the leading charity Momentum which provides rehabilitation, training and care services for disabled and socially-excluded people throughout the UK.

Haven offers a wide range of high-quality, cost-effective solutions to companies which outsource elements of their production processes, including contract packing, component assembly, quality inspection, storage and distribution. The Edrington Group has been outsourcing elements of its production process to Haven since 2003.

Haven, which delivers services to some of Scotland's largest companies, has earned ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification.

The firm also has a facility in Inverness offering printing and mailing solutions, as well as a WEEE recycling business, operated by Haven Recycle, in Glasgow. The company employs 127 people, 86 per cent of whom have a disability.

Matt Harley, Haven's Operations Manager, said, "Haven is delighted at receiving these prestigious awards. We were up against 19 other suppliers so to win the Supplier of the Year Award and Gold Award for outstanding service is a real testament to our highly-skilled and hard-working workforce.

"By partnering with Haven, businesses are not only getting award-winning service but are giving something back to local communities and having a positive impact on society. It's a win-win situation."

David Donaldson, Director of Supply Chain for The Edrington Group, said, "This choice was made reflecting not only Haven's overall excellence of performance throughout the year but also for its alignment to our supply chain's ongoing quality, cost and delivery strategy whilst operating within a culture that is close to Edrington's heart and core values, as they employ predominantly disabled or disadvantaged people to do our sub-assembly work."