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Scottish Government Procurement is participating in a Twitter Takeover of the SDP Scotland account today, 2 June, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, and we do hope you can join us as part of SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. This blog includes information on Scottish procurement and construction as well as general procurement information. Suppliers are encouraged to follow the #MeetTheBuyer2020 hashtag on Twitter and ask real time questions to Scottish Government Procurement.

Construction procurement

According to Scottish Enterprise, the construction industry in Scotland employs more than 150,000 people and contributes around £7 billion to Scotland’s Gross Value Add. The public sector is a significant customer with an annual spend of more than £4 billion on building or civil engineering works.

Guidance on construction procurement

The 'Client guide to construction projects', consists of three handbooks. These are:

The guidance is primarily to help clients better manage their construction projects but should also be of assistance to contractors and consultants alike in developing their understanding of how the public sector delivers construction projects.

Useful Links

The Scottish Government supports and promotes free advice, training and resources for suppliers wishing to bid for public sector contracts, which includes providing funding to the Supplier Development Programme.

Suppliers can learn more about public procurement in Scotland by visiting the Scottish Government’s Public Procurement web page which also lists the latest Scottish Procurement Policy Notes (SPPNs) and Construction Policy Notes (CPNs). Public procurement contracts are advertised through the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) portal.

We do hope you can join us and Scottish Government Procurement in their Twitter Takeover and look forward to your questions between 1:00pm and 2:00pm today, following the #MeetTheBuyer2020 hashtag on Twitter.

Scottish businesses and other suppliers are also encouraged to sign up to today’s two webinars on Frameworks & Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS), which will run this morning, and Public Contracts Scotland (PCS): What would you like to know? which will run this afternoon.

You are also welcome to email SDP Scotland with any other questions or to request further information.

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