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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.


CIPS award winner logoPublic Procurement in Scotland aims to drive up procurement standards ensuring value for money for the taxpayer.


We are continuing to review the content of our Procurement pages to ensure they are compliant with the new rules which took effect from 18 April 2016.

Latest procurement news

11 April 2017
Procurement Journey updates

The Procurement Journey has been updated with letter templates, with guidance, for organisations to use when informing the successful and unsuccessful bidder(s) and tenderer(s) of the outcome of a procurement exercise.

Webinar on optimising Skype for Business

Find out more about what Digital Conferencing Services can do for you in our webinar on Thursday 20 April. 

5 April 2017
Supported business creating opportunitites for disabled and disadvantaged workers

Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, visited Haven Recycle in Hillington last month to find out about the services they offer.

31 March 2017
New Scottish Procurement Policy Note

An update on the change to tax legislation known as IR35, which may apply to temporary or interim workers.

30 March 2017
APS Group (Scotland) Ltd win Best Service National GO Award

APS Group (Scotland) Ltd sponsored by Scottish Procurement were delighted to win the Award for Best Service at the National GO Awards held in Manchester last week.   

29 March 2017
Scottish Procurement case study recognised in Europe

Our work on Scottish Government frameworks for ICT client devices has been featured in a Green Public Procurement News Alert.

Update on procurement strategies and annual procurement reports

Information about procurement strategies and development of guidance on preparing an annual procurement report.

28 March 2017
Framework sub-contractor playing a key role in improving workforce IT skills

One of our framework sub-contractors, Capito, who are helping to bridge the IT skills gap in Scotland, were visited by Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution earlier this month.  

23 March 2017
We have published our largest ever contract opportunity for Supported Business

We have published our largest ever contract opportunity reserved solely for Supported Business, valued at £14.4 million.

New Zero Waste Scotland mentoring case study

Find out more about how the Zero Waste Scotland Mentoring project helped the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.