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Contract Notice

A contract notice is how a public body formally tells all potential suppliers about a public sector contract opportunity.

All Scottish public bodies in Scotland, must publish their contract notices on Public Contracts Scotland.

It is recommended that in order to be alerted to any contract opportunities that you may be interested you should register on Public Contracts Scotland.

The contract notice will contain the following information:
  • The name and contact details of the lead buying organisation
  • Who will be entitled to use the contract (particularly if the contract is being placed on behalf of a group of public bodies)
  • The type of contract - that is, goods, works or services
  • Description of the goods, works of services to be purchased
  • The main commodity being procured, and any other items which are not covered by the main object category
  • The procedure that the tender will follow
  • The minimum standards, selection and exclusion criteria that apply to the contract
  • The criteria against which the contract will be awarded
  • Whether suppliers can offer a 'variant bid' - that is, an alternative way of meeting the requirements, will be specified in the contract notice. This can be a useful way for suppliers to innovate
  • The total quantity or scope of the contract - this valuation will include all lots and all optional extensions

Next Step: Contract Award Procedures