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What to expect from the public sector

The Scottish public sector spends over £10 billion each year on goods, works and services.

How public bodies spend this money is controlled by very strict rules. These rules vary depending on the type and value of the contract. Buyers will look for the best value for money possible. Value for money is a balance between quality and its 'whole life cost'.

Zone A contains information that will help you understand public sector procurement rules, who the main buyers are and what we buy:
And information on how you can help make sure your business is ready to bid for public sector contracts:
  • How to analyse your business in a public sector context
  • Support available - access help from supplier representative bodies and find out how you can help improve public procurement processes

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