News and Updates

Forward Plan for Public Sector Contracts - 26 October 2020

The Forward Plan lists the proposed collaborative public sector contracts that may be advertised over the next 12-18 months.   The Forward Plan may help you to prepare for new and/or relet contracts.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Restrictions Fund Opens - 20 October 2020

£40 million of support is now available to support businesses affected by COVID-19 restrictions.  You can apply for funding at any time online in the two weeks following 20th October 2020.

£20 million of this support will be administered by local authorities.  You can apply for these grants through your local authority website.

Read more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Restrictions Fund

Change to the Award of Lots in Public Contracts Scotland - 9 October 2020

A change has been made to Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) that now allows buyers to award different lots in the same procurement exercise at different times.  This can now be done by publishing different contract award notices rather than the previous one notice for all lots. 

An example where this may happen is where one lot in a procurement exercise has not received any bids but the other lots have.  In such a case the buyer can now proceed with awarding the lots which received bids.

Cyber Security Tool Name Change - 20 August 2020

The name of the Cyber Security Assessment Service tool has been changed to the Cyber Security Procurement Support Tool.   This is a name change only.

PPE Supply - 14 August 2020

If you think you could supply PPE to help support the response to COVID-19, please email with details about what you could offer. 

There is no guarantee of work but all emails will receive a response.

    Meet the Buyer North - 2 September 2020.  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED

    The Supplier Development Programme are running a Meet the Buyer North event on 2nd September from 10 a.m.  You can register here.

    14 July 2020 - Re-opening Guidance for Micro and Small Businesses

    Guidance has been published to help micro (less than 10 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) companies safely re-open.  This includes four steps to take before and after re-opening.

    This guidance is for businesses where there is no sector-specific guidance published. If your business is in a sector for which specific sector guidance has been published then you should follow that.

    17 June 2020 - Supplier Relief Extended

    The Supplier Relief measure has been extended following consultation with suppliers, businesses and Scottish public bodies.  This extension comes into effect on 1 July 2020. 

    Supplier Relief provides guidance to public bodies on the options available to support their suppliers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak under existing contracts. 

    Further details about the extension can be found in Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) 8/2020 which is in addition to the original SPPN 5/2020.  These SPPN's will be kept under review.

    Further advice can be found on COVID-19 support packages available to businesses and their employees, including details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    27 May 2020 - ESPD Supplier Journey Updates  

    The Supplier Journey has been updated to include an ESPD section which, for ease of use and access, can now be found at the top of every Supplier Journey page.

    This new section includes:

    • guidance
    • an ESPD summary 
    • hints
    • an ESPD summary diagram
    • ESPD FAQs

    29 May 2020 - Meet the Buyer Event PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED

    The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) are running a live virtual Meet the Buyer event on Tuesday 2 June 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. This includes Twitter sessions with public sector buyers and training webinars.

    To find out more and to register (free) for the event please go to:

    21 May 2020 - COVID-19 Help and Support

    Specific Corona (COVID-19) advice can be found in several ways.  Please see below:

    Health advice

    Health advice can be found on: NHS Inform.

    A free helpline can give advice if you do not have symptoms, but are looking for general advice: 0800 028 2816.

    The latest information and advice for professionals and organisations is on the Health Protection Scotland website.

    Business Advice

    If you run a business you can get advice on the Corona (COVID-19) outbreak by calling the helpline: 0300 303 0660. 

    This helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Select option 1 to speak to the COVID-19 team.

    The Find Business Support website gives the latest information and advice.   This includes topics such as: how to apply for a Business Interruptioi Scheme Loan; how to provide testing kits; and relaxation of drivers hours rule.

    Benefits and Employment Rights 

    Advice about benefits and employment rights is on Citizens Advice Scotland.

    Help your Community and Volunteering Advice

    Information on how to help your community is on the Ready Scotland website.

    General Advice and Support

    General advice and support can be procided by the organisations and agencies detailed in the following:

    20 May 2020 - Scottish Government and Supplier Development Programme Launch Survey on Supplier Relief

    Scottish Government and Supplier Development Programme Launch Survey on Supplier Relief.

    With the support of the Scottish Government, the Supplier Development Programme has launched a survey on the effects of Supplier Relief. Suppliers in Scotland, especially small, medium and micro sized businesses, can fill in a short survey to share their experience of supplier relief with public sector buyers during the Coronavirus crisis so far.

    Access to the survey and further information can be found here.

    Please visit for more information.

    For media enquiries, contact

    Source: SDP

    18 March 2020 - Supplier Journey Development

    Further to the launch of this Supplier Journey website in June 2019, further developments have now been added to the Supplier Journey.  These include:

    • including navigation menus at the top of each page to allow easier and quicker access to the information you want
    • updated functionality.  Documents and other tools i.e. checklists and quickfire guides, have been added
    • Improved filtering and search functionality e.g. in the Document Library
    • Improved look and feel

    All changes are in line with accessibility regulations.

    10 May 2019 - Financial Support and Advice for Brexit

    Financial support and advice to help small to medium enterprise in Scotland Prepare for brexit is available at the following: Prepare for Brexit website.

    8 November 2018 - Fair Work Action Plan Survey PLEASE NOTE: THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

    You are invited to complete the Fair Work Action Plan survey.

    The Scottish Government is interested in the views of employers, including suppliers and potential suppliers of Scottish public contracts, to have a voice in helping how to embed Fair Work practices into workplaces by 2025.

     The closing date for responses is Friday 30th November 2018. 

    18 September 2018 - General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

    The Supplier Journey was updated to include guidance on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

    18 September 2018 - Supplier Journey GO Award Nomination

    The Supplier Journey has been selected as a finalist in the Procurement Innovation of the Year Award category in the upcoming GO Awards Scotland 2018/19. Thank you to everyone for your contributions and support!