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The Public Procurement Reform Programme 2006-2016: achievements and impacts

Published: 9 Nov 2016
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Public sector

This report reflects on the overall progress of the Public Procurement Reform Programme from 2006 to 2016.

32 page PDF


32 page PDF


The Public Procurement Reform Programme 2006-2016: achievements and impacts
Key Impacts and Achievements

32 page PDF


Key Impacts and Achievements


  • Public Procurement Reform has generated total savings across the programme of almost £2bn.
  • Collaborative procurement continues to deliver more than £150m in savings per year, over 6% of collaborative spend per year.

Wider Benefits

  • A legislative framework for sustainable procurement including a duty on public bodies to consider how they can improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing through procurement activities.
  • Increased transparency of contracting opportunities through Public Contracts Scotland from 3,516 adverts in 2009 to 14,785 in 2015.
  • Provides Scottish public bodies with an easier route to contracts with supported businesses for goods and services.
  • Increased support with simplified and improved access to contracts - through a comprehensive suite of tools, policy support and guidance.
  • Since 2008, Community Benefit clauses have increasingly been used in public contracts across the public sector to deliver thousands of targeted training and recruitment opportunities across Scotland.
  • Independent research looking at 24 public sector contracts identified community benefits clauses contributed to more than 1,000 people from priority groups employed; 200 apprenticeships; more than 650 accessing work experience; and 6,700 accessing training opportunities.
  • Visibility for Scottish SMEs to supply chain and sub-contract opportunities through the Public Contracts Scotland portal.
  • Increased support for suppliers through the Supplier Development Programme, providing local businesses with access and advice to winning public sector contracts.

Sector Specific

  • Cash savings from Scotland Excel contracts have returned circa £5 for every £1 invested by local authorities in the organisation.
  • Community benefits in Scotland Excel contracts have supported 158 apprenticeships, 158 jobs and 54,794 hours of work experience
  • 332 national contracts implemented and managed by NHS Scotland Procurement
  • Over 47 million domestic and medical products sourced, procured, managed, transacted and delivered for NHSScotland each year.
  • Scottish Procurement lets and manages a suite of around 50 collaborative agreements across ICT, Utilities and Corporate and Professional Services. Electricity and Gas are used by over 99% of the public sector
  • Since 2008, value for money benefits of £616m have been achieved. Significant sustainability benefits also achieved, spanning social, environmental and economic aspects.
  • Across the HE/ FE sectors, all institutions now have professional procurement resources in place either locally or through an APUC shared service arrangement, before the Reform Programme, less than half did.
  • Collaborative spend has grown from under 10% of recurrent spend to circa 30% overall across the HE/ FE sectors.