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Procurement

Our 2016-2020 Procurement Strategy:

  • 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.

Annual Procurement Report

We’ve published our progress towards achieving our strategic procurement priorities in our 2018/19 Annual Procurement Reports. This report also provides information on regulated procurement activity for 2018/19 and our planned procurement activity for the two year period 2019/21.

We publish our contracts register for all competitively advertised contracts exceeding £50,000 on the Public Contracts Scotland portal and high value tenders on the Public Contracts Scotland website. We encourage businesses to register for free on this site. It gives you access to a large number of public authority contract opportunities across Scotland. You can also view our profile.

We do not have an internal register of suppliers or approved supplier list.

Our conditions of contract

Conditions of contract for the purchase of goods

Conditions of contract for supply of services

Conditions of contract for the supply of consultancy services

Conditions of contract for supply of goods and related services

Our procurement practices - values and promotion of tenders

Legislation and best practice guide our procurement activity with the route being determined by the potential total value of the contract.

Supplier opportunities, guidance and support - useful websites

There is a national collaborative Framework Agreement for Supported Factories and Businesses 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 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 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 public bodies in Scotland must follow and information on how contracts are advertised and awarded.

Supplier Development Programme

Scotland’s free tender training service for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is a programme of tender training events.

They hold free events and many of the courses are available online.

Find out more on the SDP website.