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Purchasing is one of the activities covered by the term Procurement. Purchasing includes all our activities which lead to us receiving something in exchange for value.

A tendering procedure is most often used whenever the estimated value of the supply of goods, services or works make it appropriate. The value is the calculated financial cost of the contract over its duration.

These values are known as threshold values and are as follows:

Purchases estimated at up to £5k

Where the purchase cannot be secured from an existing contracted supplier, or no contract exists, our Officers decide the most efficient way to purchase up to £1k subject to our duty to secure Best Value. Think about your product and/or service and which of our Services it may be appropriate to. You may then wish to consider contacting that service directly to make them aware of the product or service that your company offers.

Purchases or Contracts up to an estimated £50k 

For estimated contract values up to an estimated £50k (£500k Construction works only) we are likely to use an existing Council or national contract where possible. If no suitable contract exists, we can seek a minimum of three quotes. Normally we use the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) Quick Quote facility to get competitive quotes.

To access such opportunities your company will need to be registered on PCS. The appropriate service will need to be aware of your company so that they can ask you to quote.

Full Tendering Procedures over £50k

Full Tendering Procedures over £50k (over £500k Construction works only), our Procurement Service is responsible for all purchasing activity of this nature. Full tender exercises are completed using the PCS and Public Contracts Scotland Tender (PCS-T) websites.

Once registered, you will receive notifications of suitable contract opportunities for your area of interest.

View our current and upcoming opportunities.

More information

The Scottish Government offers guidance in a user friendly Supplier Journey.

If you require more information on Purchasing Thresholds please contact the Procurement Service. 

All purchasing of goods, services and works is made in accordance with the relevant provisions in: