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News Vault 2017

Find all our news and updates on our Public Procurement blog
1 August 2017
ESPD (Scotland) is coming to Public Contract Scotland

We are working on an online solution that will be available to all Scottish public bodies.

31 July 2017
Buyers guides now available for the new marketing services frameworks

The five new marketing services frameworks went live at the beginning of this month.  The buyers guides are now available.

26 July 2017
Assistant Procurement Manager vacancy at Historic Environment Scotland

The above post is open for applications until Wednesday 2 August and is based at Longmore House, Edinburgh.

20 July 2017
New construction policy note

Our Construction Policy team have published a construction policy note containing interim guidance for site inspection and assurance on behalf of public sector clients.

18 July 2017
Sustainable procurement tools have been updated

The prioritisation tool and the sustainability test have been updated based on feedback we have received.  The changes have been made to simplify the process and improve outputs.

7 July 2017
New Scottish Procurement Policy Note

This SPPN advises Scottish public bodies to exercise caution when buying from 'speculative framework agreements'.

4 July 2017
Sustainable procurement guidance now available

A range of supporting guidance has been developed to show you how to include the different factors of sustainable procurement into the procurement process.

3 July 2017
PCS summary report now published

The annual summary report covering 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016 is now available on Public Contracts Scotland. The report also contains spend figures for 2015-2016 from the Scottish Procurement Information Hub.

30 June 2017
Visitors from Lebanon

Last month we welcomed visitors from the Lebanese Government.

29 June 2017
Scotland's first vertical indoor farm

We have played our part in helping an innovative collaboration get off the ground.

New case study published

Find out how a managed print service is now saving the University of the Highlands and Islands 21 per cent on their printing costs.

28 June 2017
Discovery phase for Disability Benefits

Supplier opportunity on the Digital Marketplace.

Our new national Office Equipment framework is now live.

Our Office Equipment framework went live on 3 June 2017 and is for the supply and delivery of a wide range of office equipment, multifunctional devices, accessories and services at a discounted catalogue price.  

Five new marketing services frameworks have been awarded

The new frameworks are for creative services, public relation services, digital marketing services, market research services and events and video production services. The frameworks are available for all of the public sector.

15 June 2017
Keeping you up-to-date with the latest news

Find out more about the different news services in the Media Services framework and how it can assist your organisation.

14 June 2017
CIPS UK Awards 2017

West of Scotland CIPS branch nominated in two categories at this year's CIPS UK Awards.

9 June 2017
Nailing successful B2G eInvoicing

Scottish Government's eInvoicing solution has been recognised in the field as a leading example of 'how it's done'.

6 June 2017
Our Server Maintenance framework has reached its 2nd year anniversary

Find out more about our Server Maintenance framework and how using it could benefit your organisation.

30 May 2017
Annual procurement report guidance and template published

Annual procurement report guidance and template now published via the Procurement Journey.

25 May 2017
Audit Scotland report: Principles for a digital future

Audit Scotland has published a new digital briefing to support public bodies embarking on ICT projects.

18 May 2017
Thinking about a new application for your organisation?

The application design and development services framework agreement delivers a range of application services from design and development through to deployment, and is available to all of the public sector.

17 May 2017
National IT Peripherals framework has been extended

If your organisation is looking for projectors, keyboards, desktop printers or a host of other IT peripherals, look no further!

16 May 2017
Scottish Procurement case study features in report on measuring social value

Scotland’s leading approach to sustainable procurement and community benefits has been used as a case study in a new report published by Carleton University in Canada.

Happy 2nd year anniversary to two of our national frameworks

Our Digital and Technology Services framework and Hosting Services framework have reached their second anniversary this month. Find out more.

10 May 2017
Digital Conferencing Services webinar

Find out more on the services, products and benefits of Digital Conferencing Services by participating in our webinar on Thursday 1 June.

9 May 2017
Sustainable procurement in action

Scottish Procurement colleagues volunteered to take part in one of our framework contractors' ambitions to plant 50 million trees across Europe.

4 May 2017
Cabinet Secretary speaks at Heads of Procurement 2017

Derek Mackay MSP delivered the keynote speech at this year's annual Heads of Procurement event.

Annual Procurement Report Template

An annual procurement report template is currently being developed and will be published in May via the Procurement Journey.

2 May 2017
Project Bank Accounts gaining momentum

We have launched a Project Bank Account (PBA) twitter campaign this week, marking six months since they became mandatory.

Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) - new guidance on open contracting

PCS has been updated to allow public bodies to apply the Open Government License to their data to make it more open and accessible.

11 April 2017
Procurement Journey updates

The Procurement Journey has been updated with letter templates, with guidance, for organisations to use when informing the successful and unsuccessful bidder(s) and tenderer(s) of the outcome of a procurement exercise.

Webinar on optimising Skype for Business

Find out more about what Digital Conferencing Services can do for you in our webinar on Thursday 20 April. 

5 April 2017
Supported business creating opportunitites for disabled and disadvantaged workers

Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, visited Haven Recycle in Hillington last month to find out about the services they offer.

31 March 2017
New Scottish Procurement Policy Note

An update on the change to tax legislation known as IR35, which may apply to temporary or interim workers.

30 March 2017
APS Group (Scotland) Ltd win Best Service National GO Award

APS Group (Scotland) Ltd sponsored by Scottish Procurement were delighted to win the Award for Best Service at the National GO Awards held in Manchester last week.

29 March 2017
Scottish Procurement case study recognised in Europe

Our work on Scottish Government frameworks for ICT client devices has been featured in a Green Public Procurement News Alert.

Update on procurement strategies and annual procurement reports

Information about procurement strategies and development of guidance on preparing an annual procurement report.

28 March 2017
Framework sub-contractor playing a key role in improving workforce IT skills

One of our framework sub-contractors, Capito, who are helping to bridge the IT skills gap in Scotland, were visited by Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution earlier this month.  

23 March 2017
We have published our largest ever contract opportunity for Supported Business

We have published our largest ever contract opportunity reserved solely for Supported Business, valued at £14.4 million.

New Zero Waste Scotland mentoring case study

Find out more about how the Zero Waste Scotland Mentoring project helped the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

22 March 2017
Care and support service guidance on the Procurement Journey

The updated Procurement Journey, containing the guidance for the procurement of care and support services, will go live on 24 March 2017.

20 March 2017
Cabinet Secretary visits an SME, Execspace – one of our framework suppliers

Derek Mackay visited Execspace, an SME supplier on one of our Travel Services framework, last month to find out more about what being on a public sector framework means to them.

14 March 2017
What can digital conferencing do for you?

Join the first in a series of webinars looking at how our Digital Conferencing Services framework can benefit your organisation.

9 March 2017
New Scottish Procurement Policy Note

Guidance on the provisions for adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been published.

2 March 2017
Procurement Journey update - care and support services guidance

The Procurement Journey will soon contain the guidance on the procurement of care and support services.

23 February 2017
Procurement and Commercial Training frameworks

The Scottish Government has two framework agreements for Procurement and Sustainable Procurement training.

22 February 2017
World Procurement Awards 2017

Our Collaborative ICT Procurement team have been shortlisted in two categories at the World Procurement Awards 2017.

15 February 2017
Implementing the Scottish Government eInvoicing solution

Watch the second in our series of videos giving an overview of the Scottish Government eInvoicing solution.

2 February 2017
Suppliers Charter and buyers guide to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

The suppliers charter and buyers guide for SMEs is no longer available on the website. The charter is now largely mandated in legislation and information from the buyers guide is available on the procurement journey.

18 January 2017
Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) Mentoring Project

Find out more about how the ZWS Mentoring project has supported Scotland Excel, the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body and the Scottish Government in three new case studies.

16 January 2017
Scottish Government Procurement Strategy now published

We published our Procurement Strategy in December. Find out more.

10 January 2017
Supplier guidance survey is closing

The survey will close Friday 13 January. Find out how to get involved.