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Public sector procurement in Scotland

Public sector spending on goods and services across Scotland, in areas such as health and education services, amounts to over £10bn per year. Procurement guidelines govern the purchasing of these goods and services.


CIPS award winner logoPublic Procurement in Scotland aims to drive up procurement standards ensuring value for money for the taxpayer.


We are continuing to review the content of our Procurement pages to ensure they are compliant with the new rules which took effect from 18 April 2016.

Latest procurement news

18 January 2017
Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) Mentoring Project

Find out more about how the ZWS Mentoring project has supported Scotland Excel, the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body and the Scottish Government in three new case studies.

16 January 2017
Scottish Government Procurement Strategy now published

We published our Procurement Strategy in December. Find out more.

10 January 2017
Supplier guidance survey is closing

The survey will close Friday 13 January. Find out how to get involved.

13 December 2016
Scottish Procurement Policy Note - Tax Legislation Change

Information about the UK Government’s forthcoming amendment to tax legislation, how it may impact on public bodies that engage individuals through Personal Service Companies (PSC) and how it may impact agencies that supply temporary staff.

8 December 2016
Haven Sign Factory awarded further contract

Haven Sign Factory will continue to be the supplier for the signage lot on the Scottish Government Supported Factories and Businesses framework.

5 December 2016
Visitors from Sweden

We welcomed colleagues from the Swedish National Agency for Public Procurement last week, who were here to find out a bit more about how public procurement works in Scotland.

1 December 2016
Suppliers, we need your help

We are reviewing the delivery and content of our current supplier guidance and we would like feedback from suppliers. Find out how to get involved.

21 November 2016
New case study published

Find out more about how our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Team worked with Zero Waste Scotland to provide a new suite of frameworks for the supply of ICT client devices.

10 November 2016
GO Awards Scotland Results

Well done to all the finalists at last night's GO Awards Scotland. One of our suppliers, APS, jointly with Scottish Procurement were Highly Commended for the GO Best Service Award.

9 November 2016
Public Procurement Reform Programme Report published today

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Derek Mackay, announced the publication of the Public Procurement Reform Programme - Achievements and Impact Report at the National Procurement Conference today.

8 November 2016
Open Contracting in the Scottish Government

Scottish Procurement will ‎develop an Open Contracting Strategy which will help ensure that the public can identify who is delivering government contracts and how well these contracts are performing.

3 November 2016
Less than a week to go until the National Procurement Conference/Procurex Scotland Live!

Still time to register for this year's National Procurement Conference and Procurex Scotland Live 2016.

10 Years of Procurement Reform - Final Article

In the last in our series of articles Nikki Bell, Head of Procurement and Commercial Policy and Project Assurance, Scottish Government, gives her views on how public procurement has changed over the last decade.