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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

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.

17 October 2016
Government of Indonesia visit Scottish Procurement

Scottish Procurement recently welcomed friends from Indonesia to share information and discuss all things eCommerce.

11 October 2016
New Scottish Procurement policy note - Procurement Strategies and notifying Scottish Ministers

Information on how a contracting authority should notify Scottish Ministers of the publication of its procurement strategy.

4 October 2016
GO Awards Finalists announced

Well done to all those through to the finals of the GO Awards Scotland 2016/17. One of our own teams is through to the final for the Sustainable Procurement award.

3 October 2016
New eInvoicing case study

Find out more about how East Lothian Council and one of their suppliers, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO), benefit from using the Scottish Government eInvoicing solution.