The ‘Open 4’ Initiative

SSE recognises it has a significant role to play in contributing to the economic well-being and sustainable development of the communities it operates within. SSE is therefore committed to achieving the highest levels of engagement with local suppliers.

Quite simply, SSE wants to become the best in the Highlands and Islands at engaging with the local and SME communities and be the most ‘Open for Business’ company in the region.

The Portal

To contribute to the economic well-being of the Highlands and Islands community, SSE has developed the SSE Open4Business Highlands and Islands portal. This site will facilitate trade and engagement between SSE and local suppliers and service providers. It will provide a platform for SSE to promote opportunities originating in the region, and will allow local suppliers to view SSE opportunities, register as a supplier and respond to notices free of charge. Users of the site can then also advertise their own opportunities such as sub-contracting work for SSE projects. They can also use the portal to advertise their own opportunities to the local supplier base.

The site also connects to other supply chain initiatives in the Highlands and Islands which SSE supports such as Energy North and Highland and Islands Opportunities.

Serving our communities

We have over 20,000 employees working in communities the length and breadth of Great Britain. In the Highlands and Islands over 1800 staff and contractors are currently working for SSE. Our first commitment is to ensure energy supplies are safe and reliable. In other words, our job is to keep the lights on by safely delivering energy and energy-related services to around 10 million customers.

But we also provide real, practical support which we hope will bring lasting benefit to communities in a number of other ways.

The help we offer includes:

  • encouraging our employees to take time off to do voluntary work in their community;
  • supporting projects to benefit communities which host our renewable energy sites;
  • giving priority to vulnerable members of the community;
  • providing subsidised energy efficiency measures to customers;
  • giving financial assistance to residents wanting to connect to the electricity network in rural Scotland for the first time;
  • educational and sponsorship partnerships (for example we offer talks and materials to schools, are part of the STEM network, and in 2012 we have co-sponsored the Safe Highlanders Initiative, the Camanachd Cup and the Sutherland Pipe Band)