Case Studies

The following case studies show various companies like yours who have used the site to find business opportunities and turn them into successful sales.

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Concreate Skatepark Construction

Ramping up for success Making a living from something you are passionate about is said to be the secret to career happiness – a Falkirk-based business owner is doing just that and is ramping up for greater results. Concreate Skatepark Construction, Scotland’s only concrete skatepark design and construction specialist is cementing its success with a growing number of projects across the country.

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Glasgow-based business involved in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Glasgow-based A De Cecco is Scotland’s oldest and largest ceramic wall, floor and mosaic tile covering specialist has been at the forefront of tile design for more than seven decades, its track record saw it secure three contract wins at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Diane Beattie, The Moray Council - Council team successfully engages with local businesses

Take a look at The Moray Council logo and you can begin to understand more about this special region and its unique qualities. The logo is a visual representation of Scotland, with Moray’s position highlighted within the thistle shape, its traditional Scottish colours evoking the land and sea of the region which have played such a crucial role in influencing long-established industries in the area...

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Keela - Equipped for any challenge

Outdoor enthusiasts used to the rigours of the Scottish weather will testify that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing – a sentiment taken seriously by Scotland’s leading outdoor clothing manufacturer.

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Scot Heating Company

Many households and organisations are examining their heating and energy costs – particularly as winter approaches, but, a Stirling-based business is fast earning a reputation for delivering some hot alternatives which deliver much more than just cost efficiency.

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Buyer profile - Andrew Warrington - Procurement on the move

For any local authority, keeping people on the move so they can get to work, school or access services is vital for residents – Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) rely on PCS to help deliver all its public transport needs for the area.

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Dovetail Enterprises, Dundee

Despite its 160-years reputation for manufacturing quality products, Dundee-based business, Dovetail Enterprises continues to surprise its customers.

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Buyer profile: Tom Hair - PCS helps builds hospital awareness

An organisation which has some unique buying considerations has seen the use of PCS build greater awareness of its function and role within the NHS. The State Hospital at Carstairs officially became part of the NHS in 1995 and is one of four high secure hospitals in the UK. Registered with PCS since the launch of the service, the hospital has been able to build a better profile with suppliers, rei...

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New micro-business PCS success

Despite being in operation for only 12 months, a Kirkcaldy-based consultancy has notched up an impressive contract award success rate since registering with PCS. Frew Conservation, a historic buildings consultancy and training provider specialising in the conservation and repair of traditional buildings, has landed five contract awards with public sector organisations since the business was laun...

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New contract for Isle of Skye-based consultancy

Seeing the wood from the trees is no issue for an Isle of Skye-based consultancy which has successfully secured a two-year contract with The Highland Council through PCS. Arborteering Ltd, an arboricultural, forestry and ecological consultancy specialist, has been contracted to carry out tree surveys throughout the Highland area, providing the Council with comprehensive and expert support.

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Business expansion plans a good fit for the public sector

Based in Edinburgh, Forth Sector is a registered charity responsible for the operation of a group of thriving businesses, which includes St Jude’s Laundry and Edinburgh Embroidery Services (EES), delivering quality products and services to a wide range of customers. These businesses provide vital employment and training opportunities for people who face barriers to employment including mental heal...

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Scotshield Fire & Security Systems

Scotshield, one of Scotland’s leading independent service providers which specialises in a full range of fire and security systems, has won a contract through PCS Tender, the new eSourcing system which represents a significant step change in public sector contracting.

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Buyer profile: Bob McLeod, Marine Scotland

Established in 2009, Marine Scotland is the Scottish Government directorate tasked with the management of Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability. Not only responsible for sustainable marine planning and licensing, Marine Scotland promotes profitable and well managed fisheries and aquaculture for the sector’s long-term success, and, as technology develops, it has a vital r...

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Maintaining service and growth

Led by its owner-directors, a Blantyre-based building services and maintenance company is growing a national reputation for delivering specialist services to keep its clients performing at their best around the clock.

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Engineering community benefits

A services and projects business, which includes Scotland's largest privately-owned grounds maintenance division, is making its mark not just through its range of services, but also in its commitment to develop lasting landscapes in local communities.

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Council delivers for local companies

Thanks to seaside towns with sandy beaches, world-renowned golf courses, a championship racecourse, international airport and a wealth of culture and history, South Ayrshire – home to Burns National Heritage Park – has lots to offer visitors and locals alike.

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Waste benefiting the community

Established nearly 30 years ago, Scotland’s most successful community recycling business has come a long way from its roots as a volunteer-based charity supporting people with mental health problems readjusting to life back in the community.

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Building a web of public sector opportunities

There’s nothing virtual about the impact public sector work is having on a Fife-based web design and development business thanks to its growing reputation for delivering cost-effective solutions. Adonis Media, established in 2010, is currently on the search for new members to its team thanks to business growth and public sector contracts it has won through PCS.

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Technology waste welcomed by the community

As the public sector continues to be encouraged to go paperless and make better use of technology, how does it ensure it disposes of old IT and electrical equipment responsibly and safely? Glasgow-based Haven Recycle has gained a reputation for offering solutions to this high-tech problem thanks to its specially-designed service aimed at the Scottish public sector.

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Buyer profile: Alison Ure, Procurement Manager, Abertay University Dundee

The power of collaboration is a topical theme for Tayside public sector buyers who meet regularly to discuss best practice and objectives. For Alison Ure, procurement manager at Abertay University Dundee, being a member of TOPIC (Tayside Opportunities for Procurement in Collaboration), is a valuable opportunity to meet with colleagues and exchange expertise and experience.

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The solutions of business growth

“Service first” – those are the watchwords of the founder of Scotland’s leading independent supplier of office equipment and printing solutions, and, it’s a commitment which is helping the business achieve its year-on-year growth targets.

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PCS trialled for new prison

A new prison under construction in Peterhead has given the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) a unique opportunity to roll out PCS for locally-based buyers for the first time. HMP Grampian will provide around 500 places for male and female prisoners, with both adults and young offenders being accommodated in a facility which will service the Northern Community Justice Authority catchment area.

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PCS first-time contract win gets business rolling

Advanced Roller Doors (EK) Ltd is an East Kilbride-based company which manufactures, installs, services and repairs a wide range of security door products. The firm’s main presence is in retail, supplying roller shutters for shop fronts, but clients range from domestic to commercial and agricultural to industrial.

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Future signs for growth

With over 40 years of experience, a Falkirk-based organisation is hoping the Scottish Government’s framework agreement for supported businesses will signpost the way to a sustainable future. Sign Factory (Falkirk Council), established in 1965, has developed its business offering over the years, expanding from road traffic signs, to a range of specialist sign services including engraving, vehicl...

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Two-year public sector contracts boost for business

Over the past two years, a Livingston-based construction company has seen an improved increase in its involvement with public sector projects thanks to its use of PCS. Maxi Construction Ltd, part of the Maxi Group, a privately-owned business which specialises in construction, property development, haulage and warehousing, contributes approximately 80 per cent of its £6 million turnover to publi...

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Single vision for procurement

Improving efficiencies and standardising procurement practices are key for any organisation, but for one public sector organisation, these aims are going from a local level to a national one. By April next year, the single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be delivered and for procurement teams, that means an opportunity to examine all aspects of buying procedures and, wherever possible, th...

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Icon Fabrications Ltd

“A breath of fresh air.” That’s how Mike Green, Commercial Director of Icon Fabrications, described his first encounter with Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).

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McGregor Construction (Highland) Ltd

A Highland beauty spot and salmon leap which attracts over 65,000 people every year is undergoing work to replace a suspension bridge over the 10 metre deep ravine at Rogie Falls near Contin.

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Delivering best practice across regions

With a cross-regional purchasing responsibility, Andy Hay, procurement planning manager for NHS Tayside and NHS Lothian, is well-placed to comment on the impact of PCS and examples of best practice.

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Business has year-long celebrations

Despite challenging economic times, 2011 has delivered significant business opportunities for one Scottish company thanks to landing its first public sector contract. Irvine-based Sercon Support Services Ltd, which employs over 165 staff and provides a range of services including general and deep cleaning, support services such as pest control and window cleaning and a range of security service...

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Scottish Natural Heritage

Scotland boasts some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and wide range of habitats and wildlife which makes up its natural heritage. The organisation responsible for looking after this unique national asset is Scottish Natural heritage (SNH) – it aims to promote care for and improvement of our natural heritage, encourage enjoyment and awareness of it, as well as ensuring it is maintaine...

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PCS vital for single-focus business

For over 61,000 companies registered with Public Contracts Scotland (PCS), the portal is a potential source of new business opportunities and a direct link to the public sector buying community. But for a South Lanarkshire-based kitchen and bathroom installation company, PCS is the primary route to its target market.

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High-tech solutions deliver results

Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)was launched in 2008 to deliver a single electronic portal to help drive efficiency across the public sector – this online solution has proved to be significant for all kinds of businesses across Scotland, but for one company, it’s meant being able to demonstrate its own IT expertise. Fife-based Tecnica Ltd, a business systems integration and support special...

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Recording Scotland’s biggest construction project

Work has begun on Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project, the Forth Replacement Crossing, which when complete, will join the country’s iconic Forth Rail and Forth Road Bridges. A photographic record of work as it develops will be taken to document construction – similar to that collated for the two existing bridges when they were being built – leaving a historic legacy for generations to com...

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Delivering efficiency savings across operations

Scottish Enterprise works with businesses across the country to encourage success and sustainability, and in its latest business plan, has identified five key growth areas: renewables, growth companies, internationalisation, innovation and transition to a low-carbon economy. Like many public sector organisations, it has a commitment to ensuring limited resources are invested to deliver maximum...

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Scottish business success never wastes an opportunity

A Scottish business which has been in the forefront of waste disposal and recycling for over 60 years is continuing to grow thanks to the latest technology to deliver services and win new business. William Tracey Group – one of the UK’s leading recycling and resource management services businesses – signed up to Public Contracts Scotland (PCS), The Scottish Government’s flagship procurement por...

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Business growing its public sector networks

Boston Networks is one of the UK’s leading companies in the design, delivery and maintenance of high performance wireless network infrastructures. The company successfully won a contract though Public Contracts Scotland (PCS), to provide a Wireless local area network (LAN) for Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service.

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Fife Council

The leading public sector user of Public Contracts Scotland is ensuring businesses across Scotland don’t have to cross any bridges to access contract opportunities in the Kingdom of Fife.

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The sky’s the limit for public transport

Having a choice of transport is something most of us take for granted in our day-to-day lives, but for those living in some of Scotland’s most remote communities, public transport is a lifeline.

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Historic Scotland

Few public sector organisations can claim to have a more interesting or specialised range of goods and services to procure than Historic Scotland. Tasked with sourcing everything from costumed interpreters to archaeology services, the organisation’s procurement department is an established user of Public Contracts Scotland.

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Business has year-long celebrations

Despite challenging economic times, 2011 has delivered significant business opportunities for one Scottish company thanks to landing its first public sector contract.

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Highland business continues stonemason tradition

The Royal Northern Infirmary in Inverness was built at the turn of the 19th century by John Smith of Banff and stonemasons James and Alexander Nicol of Forres and Hugh Suter of Inverness. And, over 200 years later, when work was needed to the former hospital overlooking the River Ness, it was Highland-based skilled specialists who restored the imposing building.

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Supported businesses join together for results

Steps taken by The Scottish Government to level the playing field for social enterprises and supported businesses to secure public sector contracts have had significant positive effects on the third sector.

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Scottish Borders Council

The Scottish Borders region covers over 1800 square miles of some of the most scenic countryside in Europe.

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Local suppliers win school refurbishment work

RB Grant is a medium-sized electrical business that has benefitted from PCS email alerts to relevant contract opportunities. With an average of 30 public sector contracts a year, the business attributes around 70 per cent of its turnover to working with local authorities, housing associations and NHS.

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Business lands Forth Replacement Crossing contract

West Calder-based MW Groundworks Ltd, has been registered on and using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) since its launch in 2008.

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Scottish business works hand-in-glove with police

A Scottish workwear manufacturer’s gloves have been rated the best on the beat and will be keeping police officers across Scotland warmer this winter.

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Moray Council

Getting quotes quicker and more efficiently is delivering positive results for one Scottish public sector organisation thanks to its pioneering use of an online procurement tool.

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Supported business helps Lanarkshire get ready for international sporting event

Up to 1,500 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 15 will descend on North and South Lanarkshire in August to take part in the 2011 45th International Children’s Games – and they’ll need somewhere to sleep.

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Success on a plate for cafe owner

Enterprising cafe worker Janice Vernon was faced with an uncertain future when it looked as if she might lose her dream job, but a year on she is serving up her own success.

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Glasgow’s artists to benefit from building refurbishment

A Glasgow-based business has won a contract to revamp a rundown and under-utilised building into a thriving hub for artists.

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Local firm contracted to deliver high-tech fishing scheme

An Aberdeen-based business is helping to deliver a Scottish Government pilot scheme to reduce the numbers of dead fish dumped at sea which could have significant impacts on the future of commercial fishing and its sustainability.

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Bike business sets wheels in motion

Helping council staff get on their bikes has had a significant impact on an Edinburgh-based business which is passionate about pedal power. Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative – one of the UK’s leading independent bicycle retailers – is working with The City of Edinburgh Council to supply bicycles to staff joining its bicycle-to-work scheme.

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Jim Byrne and Associates

With only one employee, Jim Byrne and Associates, based in Glasgow is the smallest that any SME can be. However, despite the size of his web design business, Jim hasn’t been put off from tendering or winning public sector work.

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Forth Resource Management

Based in North-Berwick, East Lothian, Forth Resource Management, is an organic material composting business. Operating in the waste management sector the company specializes in providing waste disposal services and creating environmentally sound services and products from this waste including compost, mulch and topsoil. Forth Resource Management registered on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) ...

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Argyll International

Glasgow-based, Argyll International is a low carbon energy company specialising in energy performance certificates, carbon management and future fuels. The company registered on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website in November 2008 and has been awarded a contract with Scottish Enterprise. It is currently bidding for a further two contracts in the NHS.