Public Procurement and Property

Annual report on procurement activity in Scotland 2019

April 4, 2019 by No Comments | Category community benefits, Procurement news, Procurement reports, Scottish Procurement, SMEs, Sustainability

Scottish Ministers have published the first annual report on procurement activity in Scotland.

The report provides an overview of public procurement activity in Scotland. It was informed by 115 individual annual procurement reports published last year by public bodies across the country. Other relevant information was also taken into account. From Public Contracts Scotland for example – the national advertising website for public sector contract opportunities in Scotland.

Good for business, good for the economy

The report shows that public procurement spend generates around £10 billion of economic activity for Scotland, contributing £6 billion to Scottish Gross Domestic Product and supporting around 100,000 full time equivalent jobs.

Other key highlights include:

• Over 15,000 new public sector opportunities advertised in 2017-18
• Three out of four suppliers awarded contracts in Scotland in that same period were SMEs
• More than 60 pence out of every pound spent with suppliers in Scotland in 2017-18 was with SMEs

Open and connected

All public bodies with a significant procurement spend are required by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 to report on how their procurement activities were carried out in the previous financial year.

These individual annual procurement reports published by relevant public bodies in Scotland inform a separate annual report on public procurement activity across Scotland prepared each year by Scottish Ministers.

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