Working with HIE


As a public sector organisation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise's (HIE's) procurement activity is guided by legislation and best practice, with the route being determined by the potential total value of the contract. Find out more >

Our Procurement Strategy for 2018-2021 sets out our procurement objectives and an action plan. It aims to ensure that the wider requirements of the public procurement reform agenda are adhered to. We have developed our strategy in line with local and national priorities to support our corporate aims and objectives.

We are keen to receive comments, observations or suggestions from external parties about the content of the Strategy.

Please email your views and comments to Please provide details of whether you are responding as a member of the public, member of staff, contractor, industry body or otherwise. This will help to provide context to the responses.

Invitations to tender


  • Innovate Your Business 2019-22

    Innovate Your Business (IYB) is a programme offering one-to-one support to the wider SME businesses base throughout the Highlands and Islands.

    Support through IYB takes the form of guidance from the supplier on a range of issues related to business innovation. These areas could include, but are not limited to, how to structure a project, finding collaborators, marketing and commercialisation, IP considerations and securing funding to take innovation projects forward.

    A large part of the work will be delivering one-to-one support. Businesses can benefit from up to a maximum of 2 days’ worth of support, although not all will require this. It is expected that a proportion of businesses will benefit from ‘advanced one-to-one’ (i.e. greater than 4 hours) support.

    In addition to one-to-one support, a number of one-to-many events will be held. As well as directly supporting clients, the supplier will also have responsibility for reporting to the HIE innovation team on activity and will also be expected work closely with HIE and our
    seeks to appoint a supplier to deliver the IYB programme, on behalf of HIE, from 2019 till 2022.

    The deadline for tender submissions is 12 noon on 4th March 2019.  Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

  • Centre for Health Science Facilities Management Services

    The Centre for Health Science (CfHS) offers some 7,000m2 net lettable space over three phases. It is a three storey multi-occupied property with a focus for excellence in healthcare, biotechnology research, education, training and business development which was jointly funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide total facilities management services at the CfHS.

    The deadline for tender submissions is 12 noon on 18th March 2019.  Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

  • Board Healthcheck, Skills and Training

    HIE is seeking a suitably qualified supplier who has experience of working with mainly micro and small social/community enterprises to provide Board Healthcheck, Skills and Training (BHST) across the Highlands and Islands region.  Due to the nature of the requirements, the supplier should have a knowledge and understanding of Board governance issues, best practice in this area and an in-depth knowledge of the geography of the region.

    The deadline for submissions was 12 noon on 22nd February 2019.  Further information can be on Public Contracts Scotland.

  • Sustainable Tourism Development for Communities

    With the ambition to develop a pilot project for an exciting tourism focused professional development programme, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) wish to commission appropriate external expertise to develop content and carry out management and delivery of a project designed to generate increased capacity and leadership in our communities to support planning, influencing and delivery of new community tourism projects.

    Deadline for submissions is 12 noon on 12th February 2019.  Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland

  • An Lòchran Facilities Management (3 lots)

    An Lòchran is a multi-occupied site within the Inverness Campus, under shared ownership between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Scottish Rural College (SRUC) is also a tenant within the building. The contracts will be managed by HIE on behalf of UHI and SRUC.

    An Lòchran’s current facilities management requirements are divided into 3 Lots, each procured under separate Contract Notices, see links below:

    Lot 1 – Cleaning Services
    Lot 2 – Reception and Security Services
    Lot 3 – Planned Preventative Maintenance and Reactive Maintenance

    Deadline for submissions is 12 noon on 9th January 2019.

Contract awards

The following tender exercises have now been completed and the winning supplier/s are as follows:

  •  Landscaping Services, An Lòchran - Inverness  

    - R Sleigh Landscapes Ltd

  • An Lòchran Waste Management

    - Northern Recycling Solutions

  • Open4Business Supply Chain Project

    - Inverness Chamber of Commerce

  • Digital Tourism Leader's Academy

    - Edinburgh Innovations

  • Design Team Services for Phase 2 European Marine Science Park

    - Oberlanders Architects LLP


Supplier opportunities

  • Public Contracts Scotland - This portal gives free access to contract opportunities in Scotland

    Find details of contracts with Scottish Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government, Agencies and NDPBs, Higher and Further Education and Emergency Services by browsing the available contracts. You can also register to receive free e-mail alerts.


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