Procurement: annual report 2022 to 2023

Overview of Scottish Government procurement activity from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. It reflects our performance as a contracting authority and includes reference to some of the broader activities we undertake across the Scottish public sector.

2. Reporting highlights

Some of our significant achievements in the period April 2022 to March 2023:

2.1 Good for business and their employees

  • In 2022-23, we managed 836 live contracts worth over £4.5 billion throughout their lifetimes (across all types of contracting activity).
  • We awarded 288 new regulated contracts with a total value of over £871 million (across all types of contracting activity).

£145 million, Our contracts and frameworks (across all types of contracting activity) saved the public sector just under £145 million.

£1.3 billion, Public sector bodies across Scotland spent over £1.3 billion on goods and services through the national contracts and frameworks we awarded, contributing to the economy and supporting a 'once for Scotland' approach.

£637 million, Of the £637 million core Scottish Government spend with suppliers in reporting period 2022 to 2023, over £380 million or 60% went directly to SMEs.

99%, In the reporting period the Scottish Government paid 98% of valid invoices within ten days and 99% within 30 days, getting cash into the economy as quickly as possible and supporting the economic recovery.

95%, 95% of our suppliers committed to paying the real Living Wage.

2.2 Good for places and communities

  • Just over £154 million (24%) of £637 million core Scottish Government spend in 2022-23 was spent with suppliers in Scotland. More than £125 million of the £154 million (81%) went to Scottish SMEs.

2.3 Good for society

  • Spend by Scottish public sector bodies through our national supported businesses framework for the reporting period was over £2 million, bringing total spend through the framework since it was awarded to over £11.4 million.
  • As well as supporting existing jobs, Scottish Government core contracts enabled the creation of 177 brand-new jobs, 69 apprenticeships, 312 work placements and 18 qualifications.

2.4 Open and connected

  • Our national advertising portal (Public Contracts Scotland - PCS) aims to make it as easy as possible for SMEs to bid for public contracts through notice alerts and enabling main contractors to advertise sub-contract opportunities, giving suppliers the chance to bid for contracts further down the supply chain.
  • Across Scotland, 14,895 new public sector business opportunities were advertised and 18,079 suppliers were awarded public sector contracts through PCS during the reporting period.
  • We continued to develop our engagement with our supply base and the SME community through a series of roundtables to discuss the most important issues and through engagement with the Procurement Supply Group (PSG).[2]

In the reporting period, a highly collaborative approach was taken by a cross-sectorial working group with representatives from each sector, led by the Scottish Government, to develop the first-ever Public Procurement Strategy for Scotland.



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