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Procurement case studies

Case studies can illustrate not only the practical steps, but also strategic decisions which have gone on to create successful procurement practices and results.

A new case study will be added with each one highlighting a different area of success. The key points from each case study are intented to help other public sector organisations take inspiration from the successes of others and share best practice.

Foreword by Alastair Merrill FCIPS former Director of Procurement & Commercial, Scottish Government

"I am a great believer in the inspirational power of story. The story of the Scottish Model of public procurement, a distinct approach that seeks to balance social responsibility with business friendly policies and processes, shows just what can be achieved with the right investment of vision, leadership and commitment.

"Since the publication of John McClelland’s report back in 2006, the procurement landscape of Scotland has evolved through many individual acts of change and transformation. Over the coming months, we want to highlight some of these stories of success.

"I hope you will enjoy reading this and subsequent case studies and draw insight and inspiration from them."


Renfrewshire Council
Assessing procurement capability can help

Find out how this local authority seized the opportunity to reform their procurement operation using a Procurement Capability Assessment, achieving quite remarkable results.

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde/ Brookfield Multiplex
Good procurement is sustainable procurement

Find out how this health board, along with partners, is trying to achieve sustainable procurement by including social, economic and environmental benefits into the constuction of a new hospital.

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Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)/ Intercall
How web conferencing helped SEPA - could it help you?

Web conferencing can deliver an effective solution to organisations which have staff spread across different sites.  The benefits for this environmental agency included time and money savings - could your organisation also enjoy the advantages of web conferencing as a business solution?

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Gartcosh Crime Campus Project
Sustainable Procurement - it would be criminal not to!

The Scottish Crime Campus project was a major construction project in the North Lanarkshire area to bring together four of Scotland’s crime fighting organisations in one location. The introduction of Scottish Procurement's targets for environmental and community benefits has seen the project win two prestigious awards for 'sustainable procurement'.

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Scottish Futures Trust
Street Lighting

Developing a practical toolkit has revealed opportunities to improve energy efficiency and deliver savings, while building relationships and expertise across the Scottish public sector.

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University of Abertay
Dare to be digital

The University of Abertay organises an annual festival to showcase the entries in its ‘Dare To Be Digital’ game design competition. The festival ‘Dare ProtoPlay’ is Scotland’s biggest video games festival, serving both the B2B and B2C market.

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Historic Scotland
Sustainable procurement case study

An Executive Agency of the Scottish Government is demonstrating what is possible through early engagement with the market and innovative approaches to sustainable procurement.

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Scotland Excel
Domestic furniture and furnishings

A framework agreement negotiated by Scotland Excel is delivering economic, social and environmental benefits in the same package.

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Scottish Natural Heritage
Facilities Management at Great Glen House

The outsourcing of facilities management services at Scottish Natural Heritage’s new corporate building, Great Glen House, and development of the initial contract and subsequent re-tendering has resulted in a range of lessons learned and a move towards the current contract which is delivering enhanced sustainability outcomes and a positive contract management process.

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Scottish Procurement ICT Products Team / Zero Waste Scotland
ICT Client Devices

Scottish Procurement on behalf of the whole of the Scottish public sector established a new suite of frameworks for the supply of ICT client devices.

Advice was provided through the Zero Waste Scotland ‘Mentoring’ project, with support provided by Sustainable Procurement Limited. This had a focus on circular economy outcomes through end of life management of devices, energy and environmental management, packaging, fairly and ethically traded supply and fair work practices.

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