Info Centre

Below see useful information relating to Public Contracts Scotland and public sector procurement in general.

Contracts Register

Browse and search a register of all contracts currently in place with Scottish public sector buyers.

Buyer guidance

Buyer guidance

Case Studies

A collection of case studies showing various companies like yours who have used the site to find business opportunities and turn them into successful sales.

External Links

A list of links to sites with content closely related to public procurement and purchasing. Links to third party sites are provided for your convenience. The Scottish Government does not control these sites nor is it responsible for their contents. Inclusion of links does not imply endorsement of the site, business or organisation, or of the material displayed on these sites. Third party sites will open in a new window. Click on one of the items below.

Forward Plan

Below you can find details of potential collaborative opportunities from public sector buying organisations in Scotland which may be purchased over the next 12-18 months. These give you, as a supplier, advance notice of collaborative opportunities that may be offered by the public sector in the future - so that you can plan accordingly. You should be aware that when a public sector organisation includes details of a requirement in the forward plan, it does not necessarily mean that an opportunity will be offered in the future or within the timescales indicated. LIVE FRAMEWORKS For live frameworks, the end date specified is exclusive of any extension period unless otherwise stated. The names of the Framework contractor(s) have been included for transparency in relation to possible sub-contract opportunities.

Interactive training modules for buyers

Interactive training modules for buyers


Useful procurement related publications and guides.


A link to the list of current Scottish public procurement legislation maintained on the Scottish Government website (external website). To open the page in a new window Press CTRL + click.


The European public contracts directive (2004/18/EC) applies to public authorities including, amongst others, government departments, local authorities and NHS Authorities and Trusts. The European utilities contracts directive (2004/17/EC) applies to certain utility companies operating in the Energy, Water, and Transport sectors. The directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2012 are given below. Thresholds are net of VAT.

UK & Ireland Opportunities

Links to access the public sector contract opportunities on other UK & Irish procurement portals.


A directory of videos relating to Public Contracts Scotland.