Working with HIE


Our procurement practices

The rules governing Public Procurement have been amended and the following rules/regulations come into force on the 18th April 2016 for more information please click on this link:

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 >

HIE publishes high value  tenders on the Public Contracts Scotland website and potential suppliers are encouraged to register for free on this site. It will give you access to a large number of high and low value public authority contract opportunities across Scotland, not just those within the HIE area.  You can also view our profile on this site.

You can also view a list of our current contracts via the Contracts Register tab on HIEs Buyer Profile on PCS 

HIE have now published their Procurement Strategy for 2017-2018 which is now available to view under the Related Documents section on this page.

The strategy aims to ensure that the wider requirements of the public procurement reform agenda are adhered to. It has been developed in line with local and national priorities and will support our corporate aims and objectives.

It sets out our procurement objectives and an action plan for 2017/18.
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

  • Marketing Services - Copywriting

    HIE is currently procuring marketing services frameworks and contracts. HIE (including any subsidiary organisation and/or associated company), ICOA, HIAL and SNH (i.e.the named users of the marketing framework) is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide a copywriting service for HIE and any other named users of the Framework to use in promoting their range of products and services, investments and geographies. Such text may also be used in joint promotions with other agencies and partners.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 26th April 2017.  Further details can be found on Public Contracts Scotland

  • Digital Highlands and Islands Technical support

    Scottish Government’s target is to deliver superfast broadband to 100% of premises by 2021. To support this activity in the Highlands and Islands, HIE is looking for specialist support for the next 3 years. This will include supporting the management of contracts which provide fibre broadband beyond commercial rollout, as well as providing technical, commercial and procurement support for future projects.

    It will also be responsible for overseeing the management of the Connected Communities network and its integration into the wider Scottish Government/ Digital Highlands and Islands Next Generation Access (NGA) initiatives. This predominantly wireless network is owned and operated by HIE and delivers broadband to parts of the Western Isles.
    It will also include the day to day management of a Field Support Services (FSS) “Technical Support” supplier, contracted by HIE under a separate agreement to the Connected Communities network.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 14th March 2017.  Further details can be found on Public Contracts Scotland

  • Landscaping Services - Lot 5 and 6

    HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide the following services: repair, maintenance and general upkeep of hard and soft landscaped areas incl. grass cutting and a preventative winter schedule for HIE’s commercial and HIE occupied property portfolio in the following 2 lots:

    Lot 5 Lochaber
    Lot 6 Skye and Wester Ross

    Further details can be found on Public Contract Scotland.The tender will follow an open process and the deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 13th March 2017.

  • re-design and re-launch

    The website aims to provide a comprehensive showcase for Orkney, encouraging people to find out more about the area, to move there, do business or invest there, buy from Orkney or visit the area. 

    HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide the following services: re-designing and re-launching of and including the integration of within the site; improving functionality of both, ensuring that information is easy to find, with content that encourages people to return, thus providing a comprehensive information resource for all that Orkney has to offer.

    This is a stand-alone project for Orkney, with no links to

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 29th March 2017. Further details can be found on Public Contract Scotland.

Contract awards

  • Design Team Services for Orkney Research and Innovation Campus

    HIE have now completed the tender exercise and are delighted to announce the successful supplier, subject to contract, is:

    Threesixty Architecture Ltd

  • Inverness Campus Landscape Supervisory Services

    ICOA have now completed the tender exercise and are delighted to announce that the successful supplier, subject to contract, is:

    Harrison Stevens

Supplier opportunities

    A support programme for high growth start-up businesses

    HIE have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in relation to the above.

    As part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, the Northern Innovation Hub (NIH) is led by HIE. It has been developed as a series of tightly focused initiatives to strengthen opportunities for young people, to accelerate the growth of ambitious, nascent enterprises and enhance competitiveness in the City-Region. The NIH is designed to benefit small and emerging businesses and social enterprises who plan to trade nationally or internationally. A key project within the NIH that is the subject of this PIN is the 30 under 30 business acceleration programme for high-growth start-ups.

    The purpose of the PIN is to gauge market interest in a potential future contract opportunity and inform HIE’s procurement strategy.

    The Notice is not a Call for Competition.  Any future contract opportunities related to this requirement may be published on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) and/or the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).  However, by issuing this Request for Information (RFI), HIE does not make any commitment to procure any of the stated services.

    Completed responses to the PIN must be received by noon on Thursday 30th March 2017.   Depending on the responses received, HIE may also hold a market engagement event at 10am on Tuesday 25th April 2017 in Inverness. In order to attend and book a session, interested parties must pre-register.

    Further details on this exercise, the process and the associated documentation can be obtained by registering an interest in the PIN on PCS  and downloading the relevant documentation.

  • Scottish Government Procurement - Supplier Guidance Feedback
    The Scottish Government want to make it as easy as possible for suppliers to bid for public sector contracts.  Can you help them?

    They are reviewing the delivery and content of their current supplier guidance, available on their website, and as a result would like feedback from suppliers.

    The feedback received will help shape the future content of their guidance for suppliers who bid for public sector contracts.

    They are encouraging all suppliers to complete a short survey. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

    If you have any questions about the survey, or the supplier guidance, please email their mailbox

  • Supported Businesses Survey

    Ready for Business, on behalf of the Scottish Government Supported Business Advisory Group, are compiling a register of Supported Businesses to inform public sector commissioning and procurement staff of the increased opportunities of the recently revised, much broader, EU definition of Supported Businesses.

    If your organisation meets the revised criteria for ‘Supported Business’ outlined in the survey, you can feature in the new directory which will allow your organisation to be targeted for public contract opportunities.

    If so, take just 10 minutes to register some basic information about your organisation. Take survey here.
  • Supplier Development Programme

    From next month Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations (including supported businesses) will be able to take advantage of a new range of free procurement - related workshops from the Supplier Development Programme.  Covering key topics such as Introduction to Tendering, Using Public Contracts Scotland, and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), the courses will be held across Scotland at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.

    In addition to these face-face courses, the Programme will also deliver all workshops online via live webinars, which are accessible from a home or office computer.  See SDS News 

  • Public Contracts Scotland Pre-Award Systems Survey

    Are you registered on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) as a supplier?  If so, Ready for Business are seeking your feedback on the pre-award systems related to bidding for public contracts.

    Supplier Survey

  • 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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