2. Reporting period highlights
In the period April 2019 to March 2020:
Power of procurement
- Scottish public sector bodies spent £1.35 billion on goods and services through our contracts to support delivery of public services, up from £1.12 billion in 2018/2019.
- Our contracts saved the public sector £160 million, a rise of 8% on the previous year.
Good for businesses and their employees
- The number of regulated contracts/frameworks awarded to SMEs in the period rose from 51 last year to 96 in 2019/2020.
- The number of unique SME suppliers winning places on our contracts has increased by 16%.
- As a result, SMEs now occupy 61% of the total number of unique suppliers on live regulated procurements.
- Of the £369 million that Scottish Government spent through its contracts, over £120 million went directly to SMEs, with many more SMEs benefiting through our supply chains; they shared over £40 million of spend as subcontractors, £30 million of that going to Scottish SMEs.
- We paid 99% of valid invoices within 10 days, getting cash into the economy as quickly as possible.
- 92% of our suppliers with current live contracts are committed to paying at least the Real Living Wage.
Good for places and communities
- We almost doubled the annual number of contracts awarded with community benefits to 34, bringing the total of live contracts with Community Benefits to 69.
Good for society
- We maintained spend through our Supported Business framework at just over £6 million.
- As well as continuing to support thousands of existing jobs, our contracts enabled the creation of 81 brand-new jobs, 40 apprenticeships, 52 work placements and 417 qualifications to be achieved through training.
Open and connected
- We delivered our Open Government commitments to consult with civil society on the publication of procurement related data and to publish contract documentation for our large, collaborative frameworks.
- Across Scotland, over 500 organisations continued to use Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) to advertise contract opportunities. During the reporting period, 15,870 contract opportunities were advertised and 18,421 suppliers awarded contracts.
- A further seven Scottish public bodies joined our national eInvoicing shared service, bringing the total number of participating organisations to 25.
- Our Procurement Journey was completely refreshed and relaunched in March 2020 following extensive consultation with users from across the Scottish public sector.