Education Scotland procures goods and services from a variety of suppliers. As an executive agency, we must ensure our procurement procedures are in line with Scottish Government Procurement Policy. This policy is quite specific and is designed to ensure that as a Public Contracting Authority, Education Scotland achieves optimum value for money (VFM) through the use of open competition.
The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 give effect in Scots law to the European Directive on procurement in the public sector (Directive 2014/24/EU). This legislation ensures that, as a public sector body, we award all contracts in an efficient and non-discriminatory manner.
Education Scotland procurement strategy
Education Scotland’s procurement strategy sets out our key objective and priorities for the next three years. The purpose of the strategy is to ensure we make best use of our budget by maximising the benefits from the goods and services we buy.
Education Scotland procurement policy
The Education Scotland Procurement Policy Manual sets out the rules that apply to Education Scotland staff who are involved in procurement activity. It applies to all procurement of all goods and services.
Annual Procurement Report
Education Scotland’s Annual Procurement Report reviews regulated procurement activity during the year.
All contract notices above £50,000 are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland. You must be registered on the portal to access any of these opportunities.
The supplier journey
Suppliers can find an explanation of how the process of awarding a public sector contract works, written in straightforward terms on the Supplier Journey pages on the Scottish Government website.
The information provided therein, sets out what buyers expect you to do at each stage in that process. It gives practical information on how you can find out about business opportunities, how to bid for business, and what to expect when delivering the contract. It also tells you what support is available to help you win business, and what you can do if you are unsuccessful.
Terms and conditions of contract
Education Scotland will use the Scottish Government Standard Terms and Conditions for the majority of all purchases.
Education Scotland works with the Scottish Government and its Agencies by utilising collaborative contracts and framework agreements. A full list of frameworks and contracts is on the Scottish Government Procurement webpage.
Education Scotland has made a commitment with regards to how we treat our suppliers. Details of this commitment are on the Suppliers Charter page on the Scottish Government website.
Electronic Procurement Card (EPC)
The Scottish Government and its agencies are required to publish details of all spend with a value of over £500 which are made with Electronic Procurement Cards.
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