Procurement strategy: April 2021 to March 2023

Scottish Government Procurement Strategy covering the period from April 2021 to March 2023.


1 SME generally means a company with fewer than 250 employees.

2 The third sector, which includes charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, delivers essential services, helps to improve people’s wellbeing and contributes to economic growth. It plays a vital role in supporting communities at a local level.

3 Supported businesses mean those businesses for which the core purpose is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons and where at least 30% of the employees of those businesses are disabled or disadvantaged persons.

4 The Internet of Things broadly means a network of connected devices which have sensors, software, network connectivity and the necessary electronics to enable them to collect and exchange data. Examples that can fall into the scope of Internet of Things include: connected security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, lights, speaker systems, vending machines amongst others.

5 Under equality legislation, the protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


7 The ‘real’ Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually by the Living Wage Foundation.



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