Public Procurement

Annual report on procurement activity in Scotland 2018-19 published

March 18, 2021 by No Comments | Category Procurement reports, Scottish Procurement

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

The report provides an overview of public procurement activity in Scotland in 2018-19.  It was informed by 110 individual annual procurement reports published by public bodies across the country and other relevant information, such as information taken from Public Contracts Scotland – the national advertising website for public sector contract opportunities in Scotland.

Good for the economy

The report shows that public procurement spend generates around £11.2 billion of economic activity for Scotland, contributing £6.2 billion to Scottish Gross Domestic Product and supporting around 111,000 full time equivalent jobs.

Other highlights include:

Good for businesses and their employees

  • 16,250 new public sector business opportunities advertised in 2018-19
  • 63% of suppliers winning contracts on Public Contracts Scotland were Scottish SMEs.  An increase of 3% from 2017-18
  • 58 pence in every pound spent with suppliers in Scotland in 2018-19 went to an SME.

Good for places and communities

  • 53% of spend in Scotland was with businesses in the 60% most disadvantaged communities
  • £6.9 billion of spend was with businesses with a Scottish postcode.

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 by Scottish Ministers.


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