Procurement in Scotland is gearing up for a makeover as the Scottish government prepares to roll out a digital procurement initiative – with the goal of making it easier for small businesses to bid for the £10bn annual public sector contract spend.
Boosting the Supplier Development Programme with £360,000 is hoped to help “an additional 2,200 businesses of all sizes, across all sectors, develop their digital capability and be more efficient in bidding and fulfilling public contracts”.
Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Earlier this month the Scottish Parliament passed the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill which means that public bodies will now have a duty to consider how they can facilitate the involvement of SMEs, third- sector bodies and supported businesses in procurements.
“This new funding for the Supplier Development Programme will play a key role in helping suppliers participate in procurement exercises, and is a great example of public services in Scotland working together to develop our economic capacity.”
The roll-out of the programme will supplement existing services provided by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Ready for Business and the Supplier Development Programme.