As a public sector organisation the
prime objective of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) procurement is
to achieve best value for money (VFM). Best VFM is the optimum
combination of whole life costs and quality to meet the customer's
SDS procurement procedures, detailed in the Procurement Policy Manual, depend on the value
and nature of what is being purchased.
All SDS business opportunities/contract opportunities over
£50,000 are advertised on the Public Contracts
Scotland website. You can express your interest in these
opportunities by registering as a supplier on the site. You will
then be notified of any contracts which you can apply for.
As a public sector organisation the prime objective of SDS
procurement is to achieve best Value for Money (VFM). Best VFM is
the optimum combination of whole life costs and quality to meet the
customer's requirements. SDS has retained the Superior Ranking in
the independent Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA) having
increased its PCA score to 94% and SDS has been
shortlisted for two Government Opportunities Excellence in Public
For certain requirements SDS may select suppliers through
existing framework agreements.
Mini-competitions being conducted through existing framework
- Procurement Scotland
- Government Procurement Service.
SDS fully supports the Scottish Government Suppliers'
Charter with regard to how SDS treats suppliers in tender
Read the Suppliers' Charter on the Scottish
Law and Conditions of Purchase
Public sector procurement is a legal process and SDS
is required to adhere to EU legal requirements.
Purchase orders are issued through the Finance
System. SDS has a no purchase order - no payment policy.
Suppliers require to have received a purchase order before they
undertake a commitment on behalf of SDS.
The terms and conditions below are applied to SDS
purchase orders. Short form terms and conditions for low
value purchase orders and long form terms and conditions for high
value purchase (£50,000 and above).
Standard terms and conditions (short form)
Standard terms and conditions (long
SDS recognises the need to drive sustainable procurement in
all purchasing activities and fully endorses the Scottish
Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan. Using this
Action Plan SDS will work with the Scottish Government to
produce a Skills Development Scotland Delivery Plan with the aim of
providing effective sustainable procurement.
The Action Plan identifies 10 steps to sustainable
procurement which SDS will follow in order to improve the
sustainability of procurement activity.
The Supplier Development
Programme (SDP) is a local authority partnership prgramme
established to offer Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) the
opportunity to grow and diversify through engaging with Public
On the SDP website you will find tips for responding to public
tenders as well as help with policies. In addition the SDP also
provides workshops to cover specific topics relating to completing
pre-qualification questionnaires and tenders for public sector.