Procurement today plays a key part in delivering Scotland’s economic strategy, focussed on sustainable economic growth and delivering better outcomes for Scotland. As well as influencing changes in culture, approach and practice, the programme has captured significant savings since 2006. The truly collaborative partnership approach between public sector, business and the third sector has resulted in a transformed public sector landscape, with procurement today a lever for economic change.
This report reflects on the achievements, impacts and overall progress of the public procurement reform programme. Running for ten years, Scottish procurement now sits as an exemplar in its field, an international leader in procurement practices.
The Scottish Model of Procurement realises the key components of the Scottish government’s drive towards a more dynamic, sustainable and inclusive economy, where high quality public services play a vital role in making Scotland stronger and fairer, and increasing economic growth.
The full impact and benefits of the changes in legislation are yet to be fully realised, but will support improved economic, social and environmental wellbeing, reduce inequality, promote innovation, and increase access to opportunities for small businesses, the voluntary sector and disadvantaged individuals across the country.
The changes will maximise the impact of the c£11 billion annual procurement spend and ensure that public procurement in Scotland delivers environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and innovative goods, services and works.