As a public sector organisation the prime
objective of our 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.
Our procurement procedures, detailed in our Procurement Policy Manual, depend on the value
and nature of what is being purchased.
All our 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 our
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 our PCA score to 94% and we've been shortlisted for two
Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement
For certain requirements we may select suppliers through
existing framework agreements.
Mini-competitions being conducted through existing framework
- Procurement Scotland
- Government Procurement Service.
We fully support the Scottish Government Suppliers' Charter with
regard to how we treat our suppliers in our tender processes.
Read the Suppliers' Charter on the Scottish
Law and Conditions of Purchase
Public sector procurement is a legal process and we are required
to adhere to EU legal requirements.
Purchase orders are issued through our Finance System. We
have 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 our 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
We recognise the need to drive sustainable procurement in all
our purchasing activities and fully endorse the Scottish
Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan. Using this
Action Plan we 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 and which we will follow in order to improve the
sustainability of our 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.