The procurement capability of Scottish public sector organisations has been assessed through the Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA) programme since 2009, however with significant legislative changes taking place in procurement, the assessment process will need to be updated to reflect this.
Director of Procurement and Commercial, Alastair Merrill looks back over the month and provides his take on some key moments, including progress of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill, the latest developments in regard to the transposition of the European Directives, the launch of the Central Government Procurement Shared Services and more…
Scottish Procurement will shortly be going out to market to refresh the National IT Peripherals Agreement. The current agreement expires on 31 July 2014. However, to allow for a smooth transition to the new framework, a 3 month extension period has been agreed. The revised expiry date is now 31 October 2014.
A useful webinar on the benefits of using mediation techniques to improve your contract management skills will take place today, 1 April at 16:00. This presentation will be provided by Scottish Government’s Chief Procurement Officer and Commercial Director, Alastair Merrill, along with expert mediator John Sturrock, Chief Executive of Core Solutions, looking at what some of the big issues are, and how these might be addressed.
The final text of three new European procurement Directives has been published today. The Directives are aimed at simplifying public procurement and improving access to public contracts for small and medium-sized enterprises, and will formally enter into force on 17 April 2014.
The Scottish Government in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, City of Glasgow College, Skills Development Scotland, NHS, Edinburgh University, Selex ES, Hudsons, Aegon and RBS worked together to raise awareness of procurement as a career of choice in a bid to grow our own talent across Scotland.