How to do business with us

Find out how to do business with us.

We want to make it as simple as possible for you to do business with us.

Tender opportunities

We must follow a formal tender process for goods and services over £50,000 and works overs £150,000. These opportunities will be advertised on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website.

We use a number of framework agreements including Scotland Excel, Scottish Government frameworks and contracts and Crown Commerical Services to purchase supplies, services and works.

e-Tendering

We've adopted the Scottish government's Public Tenders Scotland module, which allows for the secure publishing of tender information and supplier responses. 

All tendering exercises are conducted using this system, to participate in a particular exercise suppliers must first of all register on the PCS tender site. 

Suppliers should note that by registering on the PCS site your details won't automatically transfer to PCS tender, and a separate registration is required.

Quick Quote

For lower value opportunities (goods and services between £10,000 and £49,999, and works between £20,000 and £149,999), we utilise the Quick Quote process conducted through PCS. In order to be invited to quote you have to be registered on PCS. Once registered you can also receive automated alerts for higher value opportunities applicable to your organisation, if you choose to do so.

For goods and service opportunities up to a value of £10,000 and works up to a value of £20,000 the procuring department are required to obtain best value and ensure fairness.

Online Trading Network

The Online Trading Network (OTN) is a council directory where companies can register their business to be considered for low value opportunities. 

Council officers are directed to use the OTN when looking for suitable suppliers to be invited to Quick Quote for goods and services (above £10,000 and under £50,000), and works (above £20,000 and under £150,000).

The OTN can also be used to support purchases for lower value goods and service opportunities up to £10,000 and works up to a value of £20,000, where the procuring department are required to obtain best value and ensure fairness.

We would encourage all local businesses to register for the OTN as we continue to promote and encourage supplier development in our local area.

It should be noted that registering for the OTN does not constitute any form of approved supplier status.

All requirements in excess of £50,000 (goods and services) and £150,000 (works) will continue to be subject to formal tendering as detailed above.

To register your business for the OTN, you can complete a supplier sign up form. 

Sign up as a supplier

Your business will then be added to our directory for consideration as opportunities become available.

Supplier Development Programme

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is a partnership of local authorities, Scottish Government and other public bodies that work together to bring free support in all aspects of tendering to Scottish based SMEs.

SDP helps businesses that have little or no experience of tendering and are often too small to have dedicated bid/tender resources to consider bidding for public sector contracts.

SDP aims to help businesses become what is called 'tender ready' for contracts. In conjunction with councils, SDP delivers assistance via:

  • workshops and events
  • the B-link, quarterly newsletter
  • the website
  • in-depth training
    Last modified on 23rd June 2020

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