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Updated Supplier Guide: Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)

A new information page has been added to the Procurement Journey on Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS). This new page can be accessed from the “Additional Resources” block, which can be located both at the bottom of the home page and on the left hand side of station pages. With this update, three new documents have also been added to the Procurement Journey. These are:

Digital Services DPS Strategy,

Digital Services DPS Supplier’s Guide and

a DPS case study from Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT).

A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is an electronic system that can be established to purchase goods and services which are:


  • Commonly used by a Purchasing Organisation, and

  • Readily available on the market


Using a DPS provides a simple, straightforward form of access to contracts for suppliers.  When applied appropriately, it is a cost effective method that can limit the need for complex tender processes and benefit both supplier and tendering organisation.  The approach lends itself well to self-limiting market places where new activity is to be encouraged.

Need some assistance with understanding tendering? If you are a Scottish SME or Third Sector organisation then the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is here to help you! SDP’s workshops and webinars (free) cover specific topics related to working with, and completing tenders for, the public sector, including participating in a DPS. To find out more please: visit:

https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events-training/

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