Supporting our suppliers

Public Sector procurement is governed by international and national legislation. These rules govern how the Council can buy goods and services.

If you are new to tendering or need help with bidding it's important you seek advice. Various organisations offer help and advice to suppliers who wish to tender for Council contracts. Below is a list.

Procurement Journey

The Procurement Journey supports all levels of procurement activities and helps manage the expectations of stakeholders, customers and suppliers. It facilitates best practice and consistency across the Scottish Public Sector. The Procurement Journey provides guidance and documentation which is updated with any changes in legislation and policy on a continual basis.

Supplier Journey

The Supplier Journey contains guidance for suppliers on how to bid for public sector goods, services and health and social care contracts.

Supplier Development Programme

Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is a partnership of Local Authorities, Scottish Government and other public bodies working together to offer your business support in all aspects of tendering.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway Edinburgh offers expert support and guidance to new and existing businesses.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government Scottish public procurement website provides further links and information regarding Procurement in the Public Sector in Scotland.

Contract terms and conditions

We purchase many of our goods and services under standard terms and conditions of contract. You can download a copy of these below, so you may consider some of the clauses in which you may be required to sign up to when becoming a Council contracted supplier.

Download contract terms and conditions - short version

Download contract terms and conditions - long version

Contract Standing Orders

The Council's Contract Standing Orders (CSOs) are the Council's own rules that govern how we buy and manage contracts. The CSOs detail how we aim to support Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) in tendering for business with the Council. 

Our procurement processes are designed to support innovation and encourage the involvement of SMEs. The organisations listed above also provide support for SMEs through the tender process.

Download the Contract Standing Orders (CSOs)

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