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 £9 billion per year. Procurement guidelines govern the purchasing of these goods and services.
 

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Latest procurement news

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.