Public sector procurement in Scotland

Public sector spending on goods and services across Scotland, in areas such as health and education services, amounts to over £10bn per year. Procurement guidelines govern the purchasing of these goods and services.

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Latest procurement news

21 October 2014
Thousands of businesses secure public sector contracts

The number of public sector contract awards being won by Scottish companies through Public Contracts Scotland has more than doubled from 6,000 to 12,000 in two years, thanks to measures to simplify procurement processes. See the Scottish Government's news release for full details.

17 October 2014
Procurement People of Tomorrow

Since its launch on the 21 August, 26 Modern Apprenticeships in Procurement have been recruited -  a great start to achieving the target of 500 in place by 2017.

16 October 2014
Contribute to IT hardware framework refresh

Scottish Procurement is now seeking participation in a final webinar where we will feedback the findings of the previous sessions and discuss the timings for the next stage of the refresh. Find out how to participate and register your interest.

8 October 2014
Pricing review - General Stationery and Office Depot

Scottish Procurement’s General Stationery and Office Paper Framework delivers 0.7 per cent price reduction across entire range.

Postal Services framework extended

Following endorsement by the Centres of Expertise, the Postal Services framework has been extended to 28 February 2016.

IT Consumables framework - price review

As a result of a recent price review with Spectrum Computer Supplies Ltd, Scottish Procurement can confirm that an overall 3.9 per cent reduction to prices across the entire range of goods has been agreed.

2 October 2014
Director's Newsletter - September 2014

Director Procurement and Commercial, Alastair Merrill looks ahead to this year's Scottish National Procurement Conference, which this year celebrates a decade of success. Alastair provides his reflections on the recent visit by the President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply...

19 September 2014
CIPS President to visit East of Scotland Branch

The Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply's East of Scotland Branch is delighted to welcome members and non-members alike to meet the new CIPS President, Craig Lardner. Alastair Merrill, Director, Procurement and Commercial at the Scottish Government will also speak at this event.

Go Awards - finalists announced

This year's finalists for the 2014/15 Government Opportunities Awards in procurement have been announced.

12 September 2014
Changes to ICT frameworks

Scottish Procurement has recently carried out an assessment in relation to the future requirements of the National IT Managed Services Framework and the Central Government Application and Web Development Framework.

26 August 2014
Insurance Services Procurement Event

Crown Commercial Service, supported by Scottish Procurement, are offering a free to attend event taking place on 7 October 2014.

22 August 2014
Scottish Procurement Policy Note

The purpose of this Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) is to provide purchasers with advice on the options available to them when dealing with companies active in illegal settlements.

21 August 2014
Director’s letter – August 2014

Director of Procurement and Commercial, Alastair Merrill writes about today’s launch of the new Procurement Academy at Glasgow City College, procurement modern apprenticeships and the £2 million Scottish Government investment over the next 2 years to support the relocation of three social enterprises…

15 August 2014
Minister endorses supported businesses

The Directory of Supported Businesses has, today, been circulated to over 6,000 public sector buyers, along with an endorsement from Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism to help encourage the use of supported businesses in Scotland.

14 August 2014
Re-let for Temporary and Interim Staff Services Framework

Invitations to tender for eight temporary staff frameworks for the Scottish public sector was launched on 11 August.

18 July 2014
New EU Directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement

The new Directive requires contracting authorities to be able to receive eInvoices and make payment electronically for all contracts regulated under the EU Procurement Directives.

10 July 2014
Director's Newletter - July 2014

Director of Procurement and Commercial, Alastair Merrill reflects this month on, amongst other matters, his recent trip to the Scottish Borders, fraud and corruption in commercial relationships, commencement of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act’s provisions…

Scottish Procurement seek contributions to IT Hardware refresh

The final extension periods for the national desktop and mobile hardware frameworks will end on 27 May 2015. Moving forward, Scottish Procurement’s ICT Products Team would very much welcome stakeholders views on future requirements in relation to the refresh of the existing agreements…

9 July 2014
Implementation of new EU Directives and Procurement Reform Act

Several new pieces of legislation will be changing the regulatory framework for public procurement across the Scottish public sector.

Central government framework for banking services

The Central Government framework agreement for the provision of Banking Services went live on 1 July 2014.

8 July 2014
New framework for legal services

The Scottish Government is to expand the scope of its legal services framework to the whole of the central government sector.

Boosting Sustainable Public Procurement through Scottish legislation

Scottish Government's Paul McNulty, Deputy Director of Policy, Strategy and Systems for Scottish Procurement was recently interviewed for the European Commission's Green Public Procurement (GPP) Newsletter.

30 June 2014
New Fixed Telephony Agreement available from Scottish Procurement

This collaborative framework is expected to create savings of up to 40 per cent for Scottish public sector organisations over a wide range of telephony services.

National Procurement Conference set to celebrate a decade of success

Scottish Procurement’s National Conference is being held on Tuesday, 21 October at the SECC, Glasgow.