Changes to Public Procurement Rules
A number of changes to public procurement rules take effect from 18 April 2016. These arise from the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and three EU Directives. Further information about the changes can be found in the Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) issued on the implementation of the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
The changes include the introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), a standard questionnaire that replaces the standard pre-qualification questionnaire (sPQQ) and must be issued and accepted by buyers in procurement exercises which begin on or after 18 April 2016. The ESPD is designed to streamline the bidding process and make it easier to bid for public contracts. Further information can be found on the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) website.
Where can I find contract adverts
Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) provides suppliers with easy access to view and receive information in relation to contract opportunities from across the Scottish public sector.
Contracts that have been let by Scottish Procurement as well as contracts under development can be viewed in the Scottish Procurement contracts and strategy directory.
Single Point of Enquiry
The Single Point of Enquiry is an independent, impartial and confidential service for suppliers to the public sector in Scotland, offering advice and information on how public contracts are advertised and awarded. While the service does not have formal powers to investigate concerns or change decisions made by buying organisations, it can informally work with you and the buying organisation to try to resolve any concerns you may have about a specific tender exercise.
Public procurement in Scotland uses a comprehensive suite of eCommerce tools to drive procurement improvement and make the public procurement process more efficient, transparent and consistent for both buyers and suppliers.
The Supplier Development Programme provides a range of free tender training workshops across Scotland. The training courses are aimed at helping those interested in bidding for public contracts in Scotland.