Publications

Useful procurement related publications and guides.

01. Suppliers' Charter

Joint statement between the Public Sector Procurement and Businesses to facilitate access to public sector procurement opportunities. Both public sector procurement and business accept that effective procurement practices are an important factor in ensuring a varied and competitive marketplace and creating opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as ensuring Best Value/Value for Money for the public sector. We recognise the need, where practical, to simplify and standardise processes and to ensure consistency in order to provide a fair and open approach to tendering...

02. Progress Reports

A folder of archived Progress Reports for Public Contracts Scotland

03. Scottish Procurement Policy Notes

A folder of archived Policy Notes from Scottish Procurement

04. Site Release Notes

A folder of archived Release Notes for Public Contracts Scotland

FAQs - Public Sector Tendering

A document of Frequently Asked Questions regarding supplying to the Public Sector. (Nov 2017).

Pairing your PCS & PCS-Tender Accounts - Guide for Buyers

This document covers how buyers can access their PCS-Tender account via PCS through Single Sign On. Once your accounts have been paired you will be able to access your PCS-Tender Dashboard directly from PCS instead of having to log in and out of the two systems. (Mar 2015)

Pairing your PCS & PCS-Tender Accounts - Guide for Suppliers

This document covers how Suppliers can access their PCS-Tender account via PCS through Single Sign On. Once your accounts have been paired you will be able to access your PCS-Tender Dashboard directly from PCS instead of having to log in and out of the two systems. (Mar 2017)

PCS-Tender and PCS - A Guide

Further information on the PCS-Tender system for buyers and suppliers. (Nov 2017)

Scottish Futures Trust Hub

The Hub programme promotes and encourages public bodies to work together to deliver better public buildings and enhanced public services for communities across Scotland. The new way of working will deliver improved value for money for the public
purse as well as significant social, community and environmental benefits.

The organisations involved in the initiative include local authorities, health boards, police authorities, the Scottish Ambulance Service and Fire & Rescue Services. The joint working relationships that are created through the initiative provide increased opportunities for joint service and joint asset management planning. This should leverage significant added benefit through value for money and a fit for purpose public sector estate.

Supported Business Reserved Framework

A Framework Agreement for supported factories and businesses has been placed on behalf of the Scottish public sector. (Dec 2013)

Supported Businesses in Scotland

The British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) with the support of the Scottish Government, STUC, GMB, Community, Unite and Social Firms Scotland has produced a brochure entitled Supported Businesses in Scotland.

This brochure provides a list of Scotland based organisations who are Supported Businesses along with information, guidance and links on how to use Reserved Contracts and is currently in the process of being updated.

Article 19 of the European procurement regulations permits public sector bodies to reserve contracts to supported businesses and it is Scottish Government policy that every public body should aim to have at least one contract with a supported factory or business. (Dec 2013)