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New Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) - Coronavirus (COVID-19): making best use of procurement resources during COVID-19 outbreak

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The Scottish Government has issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and making best use of procurement resources during COVID-19 outbreak.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this SPPN 6/2020 reminds public bodies of the range of procurement procedures available to them and describes some practical steps that can be taken to optimise resources in these exceptional circumstances. This SPPN should be read together with SPPNs 4/2020 and 5/2020 which describe some other specific flexibilities of the procurement rules at this time.

The current outbreak of COVID-19 is having a significant impact on businesses of all sizes. Many suppliers will struggle to meet their contractual obligations and this will put their financial viability, ability to retain staff and their supply chains at risk. This SPPN describes some practical steps for existing contracts and forthcoming contracts that public bodies might want to consider in discussion with their customers and suppliers to reduce pressures on them at this time.

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The Supplier Development Programme was specifically mentioned in this SPPN as an existing resource for buyers to connect with suppliers.

"For procurements that need to proceed, buyers should consider making the greatest use of technology in the market engagement process. For example, some organisations will have facilities to provide for video-conferencing/information sessions. The Supplier Development Programme may be able to assist."

Email for further information, or read more about membership of the Supplier Development Programme.

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