Public Procurement Contracts (Small and Micro Businesses)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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As part of our drive to achieve sustainable economic growth, we have quite significantly increased the ease of access to public sector contracts, especially through the introduction of the public contracts Scotland service, which provides suppliers with free access to Scottish contracting opportunities.

In 2012, the PCS service issued more than 11,500 contract opportunities. Of the businesses that won contracts through the PCS service, 82 per cent were registered as small and medium-sized enterprises. Information from the service indicates that the percentage of suppliers that were awarded contracts and which are registered as either small or micro businesses has increased from 55 per cent in 2011 to 61 per cent in 2012.