Public Procurement and Property

Coronavirus (COVID-19): making best use of procurement resources during COVID-19 outbreak SPPN 6/2020

April 16, 2020 by No Comments | Category buyers, contracts, COVID-19, framework agreements, Procurement news, Scottish Procurement, Scottish Procurement Policy Note, SMEs, suppliers

We’ve issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) 6/2020. The policy note reminds public bodies of the range of procurement procedures available to them. It also describes some practical steps that can be taken to optimise resources in these exceptional circumstances. This SPPN should be read together with SPPNs 4/2020 and 5/2020.

The current outbreak of COVID-19 is having a significant impact on businesses of all sizes. Many suppliers will struggle to meet their contractual obligations and this will put their financial viability, ability to retain staff and their supply chains at risk. This SPPN describes some practical steps for existing contracts and forthcoming contracts that public bodies might want to consider in discussion with their customers and suppliers to reduce pressures on them at this time.

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