Public Procurement and Property

Supported Business Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) now live

September 7, 2023 by No Comments | Category Dynamic Purchasing System, supported businesses

A public body is able to reserve contracts to Supported Businesses whose main aim is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons, and where at least 30% of the employees are disabled or disadvantaged persons.

The new Scottish national dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for the provision of requirements reserved for supported businesses is now live (7 September 2023).

The key aim of this DPS is to provide Scottish public sector and third sector bodies (DPS public bodies) with a clear path for the purchase of goods and services from supported businesses and in doing so, support the integration of disabled and disadvantaged citizens into the mainstream workforce.

This DPS helps ensure the public sector bodies meet the sustainable procurement duty that requires that before a contracting authority buys anything, it must think about how it can improve the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the area in which it operates, with a particular focus on reducing inequality.

Benefits of the service include:

  • access to a wide range of supported business suppliers
  • easy access for suppliers, encouraging competition and SME participation
  • suppliers can join the DPS at any time, provided they meet the minimum selection criteria
  • completely electronic process
  • streamlined procurement

Please forward enquiries about the DPS to

Look out for sessions about the new DPS at the National Procurement Conference and other industry events.

For further information on public procurement in Scotland please visit

Please email enquiries to

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