Procurement - SME and third sector action plan 2024-2026: equality impact assessment

Equality impact assessment to support publication of our Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and third sector procurement action plan.

Equality Impact Assessment Record

Title of policy / practice / strategy / legislation

SME and Third Sector Procurement Action Plan


Tom Arthur, Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance

Lead officials involved in the EQIA

Programme Management Office


Directorate Business Management Unit,

Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate

Is this new policy or revision to an existing policy?

Revision, update and re-organisation of existing policies, initiatives and guidance


Policy Aim

The Action Plan brings together a number of pre-existing guidance documents, policies and engagement mechanisms, and makes clear how the Scottish Government’s commitment will be delivered to SMEs and Third Sector organisations on opening up opportunities for public sector procurement.

The objective of the plan is to support the National Outcome of:

thriving and innovative businesses, with quality jobs and fair work for everyone

It meets the National Programme for Government 2023 commitment to “tackle(s) poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally”

It also matches the Public Procurement Strategy for Scotland 2023-2028 objective to “Consider how procurements are conducted and contracts are developed, to reduce barriers and enable participation for SMEs, Third Sector organisations, and Supported Business, in Public Sector Procurement.”



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