Public Procurement and Property

Annual report on procurement activity in Scotland 2019-2020 published

December 21, 2021 by No Comments | Category Four Outcomes for Public Procurement, Procurement news, Procurement reports, Scottish Procurement

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

The report provides an overview of public procurement activity in Scotland in 2019-2020.  It is informed by 115 individual annual procurement reports published by public bodies across the country and other relevant information, such as information taken from Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) – the national advertising website for public sector contract opportunities in Scotland.

Good for the economy

The report shows that public procurement spend generates around £11.8 billion of economic activity for Scotland, contributing £6.5 billion to Scottish Gross Domestic Product and supporting around 120,000 full time equivalent jobs.

Other highlights include:

Good for businesses and their employees

  • 15,870 new public sector business opportunities advertised in 2019-2020
  • 63% of suppliers winning contracts on Public Contracts Scotland were Scottish SMEs.
  • 58 pence in every pound spent with suppliers in Scotland in 2019-2020 went to an SME.

Good for places and communities

  • 8% of spend in Scotland was with businesses in the 60% most disadvantaged communities
  • £7.4 billion of spend was with businesses with a Scottish postcode.

Open and connected

The Scottish public sector continues to conduct its procurement activity in a transparent way and this transparency is increasingly being reflected in the annual procurement reports published by public bodies in Scotland.

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