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

19 February 2015
Standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaire - layout refresh

The layout of the Scottish Public Sector Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (sPQQ) has been updated and you can now view this on the Scottish Government’s website via Procurement Journey.

Scottish Procurement's Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services Framework (PPDAS) launch event

Scottish Procurement are hosting a launch event for the new Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services Framework Agreement (PPDAS).

17 February 2015
Do you want to help shape the next Insurance Services agreement?

Crown Commercial Services’ (CCS) is looking for some stakeholder involvement/ feedback on insurance services. Why not attend one of CCS‘s stakeholder days which will provide you with a real chance to make sure the next agreement meets your organisation’s needs?

16 February 2015
Applications for CIPS Chartered Status is now open

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) has announced that applications for Chartered Status are now open.

9 February 2015
Public Procurement - a consultation on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland

The Scottish Government has today published a consultation paper that describes, and seeks views on, changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland.

Scottish Procurement Policy Note

Scottish Procurement has published an SPPN in relation to the consultation on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland.

6 February 2015
Director's Letter - January 2015

After almost six years as Director of Procurement and Commercial, Alastair Merrill issues his last letter which looks back fondly over his career at Scottish Procurement, before he leaves to take on a new role.

New EU directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement

Scottish Procurement advised that the EU Directive for electronic invoicing in public procurement came into force 26 May 2014 and is to be implemented into national law by 27 November 2018.

Help achieve public sector climate change duties

Use Scottish Procurement’s single supplier web conferencing framework agreement to achieve environmental and work related efficiency benefits.

5 February 2015
Do you need help choosing or enabling any network services?

If you are a public sector organisation and are thinking of buying network enablement services, see how this framework agreement from Scottish Procurement can help.

4 February 2015
Scottish Procurement Policy Note

This note provides information on how and when employment practices and ‘workforce matters’, including payment of the living wage, should be considered in the course of a public procurement exercise as a key driver of service quality and contract delivery.

National ICT product frameworks - last order dates

These are the last dates available to order and invoice before the end of the financial year.

30 January 2015
Updated contract and supplier management guidance

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of the new and improved contract and supplier management (C&SM) guidance which will replace existing guidance currently found on the Procurement Journey online.

Procurement People of Tomorrow Newsletter

January’s edition of the Procurement People of Tomorrow newsletter looks back over the achievements of the last year…

29 January 2015
A consultation on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland

A consultation paper will shortly be published, seeking views on changing the public procurement rules in Scotland - we want your contributions.

Optimising your print infrastructure

Scottish Procurement, in conjunction with NewfieldIT and Capito are delivering a series of webinars for the Scottish public sector.

28 January 2015
IT Consumables Framework extended

Following endorsement by the Centres of Expertise the IT Consumables framework has been extended to 31 August 2016.

Case studies – sustainable procurement

A further series of case studies, highlighting the benefits of sustainable procurement, have been developed in conjunction with ‘Zero Waste’ and are now available to view. Read on to learn about the benefits of a sustainable approach to procurement.

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking can save you money and provide benefits

The Scottish Government recently established a framework for the provision of fixed telephony services which can be used by any public sector organisation within Scotland - an option exists for customers to take advantage of financial and technological benefits offered through SIP trunking.

Supplier Development Programme - Future contract opportunity notice

Supplier Development Programme has published a future contract opportunity notice for a procurement training framework.

23 January 2015
Free ethical buying training and new chartered status!

Members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply are encouraged to take part in a free course that can lead members onto obtain the new ethical buyer chartered status.

19 January 2015
RBS new provider of purchasing solution for central government sector

The Royal Bank of Scotland is the new supplier of an ‘electronic Purchasing Card Solution’ (ePCS) to Scottish Government and the Central Government Sector. ePCS is the successor to the Government Procurement Card

18 December 2014
Director's Letter - December 2014

Our Director, Alastair Merrill looks back over 2014 in his last newsletter of the year.

Unified Communications Framework - we want your views!

As part of the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) Programme, Scottish Procurement are considering implementing a national collaborative framework for Unified Communications (including IP Telephony).

Hosting services framework - contract notice

The notice for this framework was published on 27 November 2014.

17 December 2014
Design-Led Construction Procurement Research

The review of the Design-Led Construction Procurement Reasearch report is due out in March 2015.

16 December 2014
Scottish Procurement awards new Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services (PPDAS) Framework

A new collaborative Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services Framework Agreement was awarded by Scottish Procurement, on a single supplier basis, to APS Group (Scotland) Ltd.

28 November 2014
Annual Capability Event 2015 - central government sector

Scottish Procurement's Annual Capability Event, aimed at the central government family, will take place on Tuesday 17 March 2015, at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow.

21 November 2014
New Cabinet unveiled

The new Ministerial arrangements include a shift in responsibility for procurement with the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown MSP, now taking portfolio responsibility for Scottish Government procurement.

20 November 2014
Scottish Procurement Policy Note 6/2014

This SPPN provides guidance on interim arrangements relating to community benefit requirements in public contracts, in advance of the full implementation of the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

11 November 2014
National GO Awards 2015/16

Entries are now open for the National GO Awards 2015/16.

7 November 2014
Scottish Procurement award new Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services Framework

A new collaborative Publishing, Print, Design and Associated Services Framework Agreement was awarded by Scottish Procurement, on a single supplier basis, to APS Group (Scotland) Ltd.

Digital and Technology Framework - contract notice

The framework for IT Managed services will expire on 31 March 2015 and a new framework, from 1 April 2015 will be established in its place. A contract notice has now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

5 November 2014

Supported Businesses - Parliamentary debate

The full report from the Supported Businesses debate at Parliament on 30 October has been published online.

3 November 2014
Director's letter - October 2014

Director of Procurement and Commercial, Alastair Merrill, looks back on October - a month that saw the tenth Scottish Government Procurement Conference take place, which celebrated many of the successes in public sector procurement over the past decade.

31 October 2014
New Network Enablement Services Agreement available from Scottish Procurement

A new collaborative framework has been put in place by Scottish Procurement.

28 October 2014
Procurement Journey – we want your feedback!

Scottish Procurement is always looking at improving its tools, guidance and online services to help our stakeholders and we are now asking you to give us your thoughts on the Procurement Journey by completing this simple online survey.

23 October 2014
Scottish Government Purchase-2-Pay (P2P) workshops in November 2014

The Scottish Government will provide Purchase-2-Pay (P2P) workshops throughout November, giving an overview of some of the key P2P developments and initiatives being delivered through the Scottish Government’s eCommerce Shared Service.

22 October 2014
National Procurement Conference 2014 and GO Awards

The Scottish Government's National Procurement Conference is the biggest event in the public procurement calendar with the 10th annual event taking place yesterday, 21 October.

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.