Welcome to SDP Highlands and Islands Airports
Introduction to HIAL
HIAL is a private limited company wholly owned by Scottish Ministers, which operates 11 airports at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick, and handles over 1.78 million passengers a year. HIAL employs around 620 people across the 11 airports and Head Office in Inverness.
The company’s mission statement is “To provide and operate safe, secure and efficient airports which support the communities we serve”. HIAL’s vision and goals are aligned with the Scottish Government’s strategic priorities for a wealthier and fairer, healthier, safer and stronger, smarter and greener Scotland. HIAL supports some of Scotland’s most remote communities, most of which are heavily reliant on air travel as a means of connecting communities and transporting goods and services, and are vital to the social and economic welfare of the areas they serve.
HIAL’s vision is to be recognised as an industry leader in the provision of airports through leadership, innovation and collaborative working to deliver positive outcomes for our customers, by encouraging values of openness, honesty, innovation, ownership, respect, and excellence.
Further information can be found at http://www.hial.co.uk/.
Highlands and Islands Airports’ Procurement Practices
Values and promotion of tenders
As a public sector organisation, HIAL’s procurement activity is guided by legislation and best practice, with the route being determined by the potential total value of the contract as detailed below:
- less than £50k – the principals of adequate competition apply;
- greater than £50k but below the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) thresholds, most commonly advertised on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) portal;
- OJEU and above (for supplies and services greater than £328,352 and for works greater than £4,104,397) – conducted in line with the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and advertised in OJEU and also advertised on PCS.
HIAL may also engage with suppliers via any of the Framework Agreements which have been implemented by the Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate (SPCD) both on behalf of public sector organisations in Scotland or Government Procurement Service on behalf of the public sector for the whole of the UK.
A national collaborative Framework Agreement for Supported Factories and Businesses has been established.
The method for HIAL to engage with suppliers on these frameworks is prescribed with the usual route for multi supplier frameworks being via a mini competition between all the suppliers on that framework. There is therefore not only opportunity for suppliers to tender for these frameworks themselves once they are advertised but also to offer their services a subcontractors at the pre and post award stages of the procurement process.
These opportunities are advertised on various websites including PCS, the national lower value contract opportunity portal and/or OJEU.
Suppliers are encouraged to register for free with the PCS website. By doing so, they will receive notification of contract opportunities, specific to their areas of exerptise from an ever growing number of public bodies in Scotland, including HIAL.
Such notification not only covers lower value contract opportunities but also those above the OJEU threshold which appear in the European Journal.
We would also suggest that suppliers monitor various other procurement portals including Government Procurement Service and Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorateto help them identify potential subcontracting opportunities, most of which will have dedicated supplier areas.