Public Procurement and Property

Inform our approach for ‘Supported Businesses’

April 13, 2022 by No Comments | Category BASE, suppliers, supported businesses

Are you a supported business that could provide Goods or Services to the public sector? Send us information on your business by 25 April 2022.

Our current ‘Commodities Reserved for Supported Businesses’ Framework is due to expire 9 December 2022.

Diverse group of individualsThis framework agreement delivers a range of goods and services which are provided by supported businesses. A ‘supported business’ is an organisation whose main aim is to integrate disabled or disadvantaged people socially and professionally.

The replacement for this framework may involve the establishment of a further Framework Agreement or a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

A DPS is an electronic process of pre-qualified suppliers, for commonly used purchases which are generally available on the market, from which the Scottish public sector could invite tenders. As a procurement tool, it has some aspects that are similar to a framework agreement, however, it is a fully electronic process and new suppliers can apply to join at any time. A framework agreement does not allow suppliers to join at any time.

We are seeking information from organisations who can demonstrate that they meet the definition of a Supported Business and who may be interested in supplying their Goods and or Services to the public sector in Scotland. Information including the definition of a Supported Business is available in the Request for Information.

Examples of these Goods and Services could include, but is not exhaustive to: furniture, signage, personal protective equipment, clothing and document management services.

Can you take part and provide us with information on your business?

Download the Request for Information and go to page 4 to complete the form. Please send the completed form to – by 25 April 2022

The information gathered from this Request for Information (RFI), may be utilised in developing the Procurement Strategy for the delivery of a Framework Agreement or a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

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