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News Vault 2015

21 December 2015
New Procurement Regulations Online

The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 are now available to view.

18 December 2015
Tackling blacklisting

Companies that are involved in ‘blacklisting’ will be excluded from bidding for public contracts, under new regulations being laid in the Scottish Parliament today.

New Scottish Procurement Policy Note

Information about the key changes to the rules on public procurement in Scotland.

17 December 2015
Implementing the EU Directives and Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

Scottish Government’s formal response to the consultation has been published today. 

15 December 2015
Royal Bank of Scotland's Best Practice Day

Royal Bank of Scotland are hosting a best practice day for Banking and electronic Purchasing Card Solutions on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

New Scottish Procurement Policy Note

Information about the changes to EU Thresholds.

Three ICT Frameworks awarded

Scottish Procurement are pleased to announce the award of three national ICT Product frameworks.

2 December 2015
Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team host second topical webinar

Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team will host the second in a series of topical Webinars on Digital and Technology Procurement.

2 November 2015
GO Awards 2016/17 - open for entries!

It is now possible to submit entries for the National GO Awards 2016/17. The deadline for entries is 5:00pm, 18 December 2015.

28 October 2015
GO Procurement Team of the Year Award (Other Organisations)

Scottish Procurement’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Collaborative Team were recognised at this month’s Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.

22 October 2015
Training support for small businesses to share in City Deal

Small and medium size businesses in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley area can find out from the Supplier Development Programme how they might share in over a billion pounds worth of investment being delivered through the City Deal.

14 October 2015
Addressing fair work practices in Procurement

From 1 November 2015, Public bodies will be required to consider addressing fairwork practices in public contracts.

8 October 2015
Keynote Speeches from the National Procurement Conference 2015

The speeches by Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown and SPCD Director have now been published online.

1 October 2015
Working with the Scottish technologies industry to transform digital public services

As part of the Digital Public Services transformation programme, Scottish Procurement ICT Team will be supporting the forthcoming event on 12 November 2015.

The National Digital and ICT Procurement Portfolio Plan has been updated

Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team has recently updated the National Digital and ICT Procurement Portfolio Plan.

24 September 2015
Launch of the new national Procurement Journey

The new and improved online Procurement Journey will be launched at Procurex.

22 September 2015
Interpreting, Translation and Transcription Services Framework extended

The Interpreting, Translation and Transcription Services Framework has been extended to 11 November 2017. 

16 September 2015
Public Procurement eCommerce Strategy

The Scottish Government today launches the Scottish Public Procurement eCommerce Strategy – A digital future for procurement.

14 September 2015
New Scottish Procurement Policy Note

Information from the EU Commission on how procurement legislation can be used to help refugees in light of developments unfolding across Europe

2 September 2015
New frameworks for the Provision of Media Planning, Buying and Associated Services

Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate awarded two new Frameworks for the Provision of Media Planning, Buying and Associated Services with a start date of 1 September 2015.

Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team announce series of topical webinar events

Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team is pleased to announce a series of topical webinar events which will take place during the next few months.

Supplier Development Programme launches new training events

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) – Scotland’s free tender training service for small and medium-sized enterprises – has launched a new programme of tender training events.

1 September 2015
Changes to the Standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaire

The Standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaire has been updated.

25 August 2015
GO Awards Finalists announced!

Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate are delighted to be shortlisted as finalists at the GO Awards. We would like to wish all finalists well.

24 August 2015
Travel Services Frameworks

Following the expiry of the voluntary standstill period, the Scottish Government’s Travel Services Frameworks were awarded on 24 July 2015 with a start date of 1 September 2015.

13 August 2015
Come along to the Supported Business Open Day

Only two weeks until the first Supported Business Open Day at RSBi Blindcraft.

10 August 2015
Implementing the EU Directives and Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

The non-confidential responses to the public consultation along with a report analysing those responses was published on 10 August 2015.

Launch of a dedicated online Digital and Technology Procurement Network

We are pleased to announce launch of a dedicated Digital and Technology Procurement Network. 

GO Awards – deadline for entries extended

The deadline for entry into this year's Government Opportunities (GO) Awards has been extended until 5pm on Friday 14 August.

4 August 2015
Implementing the new EU Procurement Directives and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

We are currently finalising a report on the analysis of responses to the consultation on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland.

29 July 2015
Supported Business Open Day at RSBi Blindcraft

The first in a series of Supported Business Open Days will be held on 27 August 2015 at RSBi Blindcraft.

28 July 2015
New Legal Services Framework awarded

Following the expiry of the voluntary standstill period, the Scottish Government’s Legal Services Framework was awarded on 21 July 2015.

27 July 2015
New and Improved online Procurement Journey

We are pleased to announce that the online Procurement Journey is currently undergoing improvements with an expected re-launch later this summer.

9 July 2015
Take part in the contract management benchmarking survey

The survey will provide feedback about how organisations are managing contracts.

7 July 2015
Positive impacts of procurement unveiled

Research demonstrates success of community benefits in public contracts.

30 June 2015
Scottish Procurement Customer Engagement Survey 2015

Scottish Procurement are running a survey to gather customer feedback on our performance relating to collaborative procurement services.

24 June 2015
New Server Maintenance Framework Agreement

We are pleased to announce that Scottish Procurement have awarded a new single-supplier framework for Server Maintenance.

12 June 2015
The 2015/16 GO Awards are open for entry!

Enter your success story for a chance to win at the 2015/16 Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland.

The Procurement People of Tomorrow initiative held a ‘Bridging the Gap’ event

For the first time since its launch, the Procurement People of Tomorrow (PPoT) held a “Bridging the Gap” event which brought together Modern Apprentices, Students and Employers from across the public and private sectors to form a new community of practice.

11 June 2015
New Supplier Development Programme Website Launched

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises across Scotland now have access to free quality tender training information at the click of a button.

3 June 2015
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde enables parent access to PECOS

After adopting the Scottish Government's PECOS system, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will cut waiting time to one week at most for non-pharmacy goods for children who are being looked after at home.

27 May 2015
New multi-supplier Hosting Services framework

We are pleased to announce that Scottish Procurement have awarded a new multi-supplier framework for Hosting Services.

Supported Businesses Event

Connect with Procurement professionals from across the financial services industry and other sectors at this unique event.

19 May 2015
New Digital and Technology Services Framework

We are pleased to announce that Scottish Procurement have awarded a new multi-supplier framework for Digital and Technology Services Framework (DATS).

14 May 2015
Mobile Voice and Data Services collaborative mini competition

Scottish Procurement is carrying out a collaborative mini competition for Mobile Voice and Data Services (MV&D) for use by the Scottish public sector.

Green ICT Strategy to help public sector organisations.

The Green ICT Strategy has recently been developed to help public sector organisations.

11 May 2015
A consultation on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland

The consultation is now closed.  Responses will be published in June.

5 May 2015
Project Bank Accounts in Construction - new website section

We have recently launched a website section on Project Bank Accounts as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Review of Public Sector Procurement in Construction.

1 May 2015
Marketing Services Framework extended

The Marketing Services Framework Agreements have been extended for a period of 12 months.

13 April 2015
New multi-supplier Print & Associated Services Framework

A new collaborative multi-supplier Print and Associated Services Framework Agreement was awarded by Scottish Procurement.

8 April 2015
Director's Letter

Our first letter from new Director, Procurement and Commercial, at the Scottish Government, Ainslie McLaughlin.

2 April 2015
2015 Annual Procurement Capability Event

Over 70 delegates from nearly 40 Central Government non-departmental public bodies and agencies gathered in Glasgow on Tuesday 17 March, 2015 for the fifth Annual Capability Event.

eInvoicing now available across all public sector bodies

The Scottish Government has now made eInvoicing available to all public sector bodies in Scotland. This adds to the existing suite of eCommerce systems, or shared services, which uses technology to bring together all the steps involved in doing business with the public sector in Scotland and making this as easy as possible.

Raising your game!

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) President Babs Omotawa has announced his new theme in a quest to get procurement and supply the profile it deserves.

30 March 2015
Review of Public Sector Procurement in Construction - new website section

We have recently launched our new website section on the implementation of the recommendations of the Review of Public Sector Procurement in Construction.

24 March 2015
£4m site opens for supported businesses

A new facility with a combined workforce of 100 people, of whom 95 are disabled people, has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

20 March 2015
Supplier Development Programme launches series of procurement training webinars

Small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) and third sector businesses are now able to benefit from a series of free procurement webinars from the Supplier Development Programme (SDP).

19 March 2015
Consultation on changes to public procurement rules - have your say!

The consultation on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland runs until 30 April 2015. If you have not already done so, we would encourage you to respond to the consultation.

16 March 2015
Smart phone app launched for buyers in public sector

A new online app has been launched making it easier for buyers in the public sector to progress procurement processes on the move, via their smart phones.

6 March 2015
New Director at Scottish Procurement

We are delighted to announce that Ainslie McLaughlin will take the role as the new Director, Procurement and Commercial, at the Scottish Government later this month.

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