The Public Procurement Reform Programme 2006-2016: achievements and impacts

This report reflects on the overall progress of the Public Procurement Reform Programme from 2006 to 2016.

John McClelland CBE

John McClelland CBE

It's over 10 years since I was asked by Scottish Ministers to conduct a detailed review of public sector procurement in Scotland.

In that review, I identified that there were both financial and service delivery benefits that could be brought about by conducting procurement more effectively. Most notably the opportunity to establish collaborative contracts across commonly used goods and services; the establishment of consistent best practice that encouraged Scotland's SMEs to engage in public contracts; and a significant improvement in governance were all required in order to deliver real benefit from procurement.

I have worked with Scottish Ministers since then in driving forward the reform programme. This has resulted in the delivery of significant savings from collaborative contracts; improved access for SMEs including the portal, Public Contracts Scotland, and the provision of a legislative framework that assures the future delivery of benefits.

Public procurement today is seen as a key economic lever through its four priorities:

  • Making sustainable procurement business as usual;
  • Improving access to SMEs the third sector and supported businesses;
  • Promoting efficiency and collaboration; and
  • Delivering savings and benefits.

This transformation has put Scotland very much at the forefront of international best practice. With the introduction of recent legislation the value we have seen delivered through a significant programme of work can continue to be delivered transparently. Contracting authorities will publish annual strategies and performance reports to demonstrate how procurement is used to improve economic, social, and environmental wellbeing.

John McClelland CBE Signature

John McClelland CBE


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