As a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) the SSSC helps contribute to the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes. One of the outcomes is to ensure public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people’s needs and procurement has a significant role to play in achieving this outcome.
- sets out our priorities and proposals for procurement over the planning period
- identifies those factors that will influence the way in which we manage the procurement process
- describes the arrangements for monitoring and evaluating the strategy.
We fully support the Scottish Business Pledge, sharing the Scottish Government’s ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.
Public Contracts Scotland
Our contracts register for all competitively advertised contracts exceeding £50,000 is published on the Public Contracts Scotland portal. We publish high value tenders on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) advertising website. We encourage businesses to register for free on this site. It will give you access to a large number of high and low value public authority contract opportunities across Scotland. You can also view our profile.
We do not maintain an internal register of suppliers, or have an approved supplier list.
It covers lower value contract opportunities but also those above the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) threshold which appear in the European Journal.
Our conditions of contract
Our procurement practices - values and promotion of tenders
As a public sector organisation our procurement activity is guided by legislation and best practice, with the route being determined by the potential total value of the contract.
- Less than £10K - the principles of adequate competition apply.
- Between £10K and £50K – most commonly advertised on the Public Contracts Scotland portal, utilising the Quick Quote facility.
- Greater than £50K but below OJEU threshold - most commonly advertised on the Public Contracts Scotland portal, utilising the Notice facility.
- OJEU threshold and above - advertised in both the OJEU and the Public Contracts Scotland portal, utilising the Notice facility.
Supplier opportunities, guidance and support - useful websites
A national collaborative Framework Agreement for Supported Factories and Businesses has been established to provide products and services to the Scottish public sector.
The Online Supplier Journey makes it easier for Scottish companies to bid for work in the public sector.
The website guides firms, large and small, through each step in the process – setting out what to expect from buyers and what is expected of them, simplifying guidance, making it easier to understand. It is particularly useful for small businesses.
The journey guides businesses through the process of applying for contracts, making the system more streamlined and easier to understand and has been developed with the help of Scottish companies who have already gone through the process.
The Single Point of Enquiry is an independent, impartial and confidential service for suppliers to the public sector in Scotland. The service offers advice on the procurement rules which must be followed by public bodied in Scotland and information on how contracts are advertised and awarded.
If you have concerns about a specific tender exercise, they can work with you and the buying organisation to try and resolve your concerns. They do not have formal powers to investigate suppliers’ concerns or change decisions made by buying organisations. Feedback from suppliers contributes to improvements in public procurement practices in Scotland.
The Supplier Development Programme (SDP)
Scotland’s free tender training service for for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is a programme of tender training events.
The programme has been designed to ensure that SMEs can easily progress through the various different course levels with free events in or near their business location, plus many of the courses can be accessed online via webinar, reducing the time burden on small businesses being out of the office.
The programme includes a wealth of courses, including 'hot topics' such as community benefits and sustainable procurement, as well as core issues such as finding contracts and completing European Single Procurement Documents (ESPDs). So whether you are just starting out and wish to find out about how to work with the public sector or need to improve your tender skills, SDP will have a course for you. Please visit their website to browse and book a course and to get tender ready.