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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

  • Inverness Campus Landscape Supervisory services

    Inverness Campus Owners Association requires a suitably experienced and qualified Landscape Maintenance Supervisor to undertake a review of the existing landscape maintenance specification as well as provide supervisory and a range of related professional services on the management etc of the soft and hard landscaping works at Inverness Campus.

    The Landscape Maintenance Supervisor, which service is the subject of this procurement will:-

    • Undertake a review of the specification required for the follow-on maintenance works contract. The review will take into account the experience gained over the years since the installation of soft and hard landscaping and is expected to be completed within the first month of the start of the Supervisor’s contract. The incumbent Landscape Architect will provide relevant information to the new Landscape Maintenance Supervisor during the review process.
    • Advise HIE/ICOA on all relevant matters during the process to procure a new landscape maintenance works contractor. It is essential that the new Works contract is in place just prior to the contractual expiry of the current Works contract in September 2017; a short handover period between the outgoing and incoming contractors is envisaged, just prior to expiry.
    • After award of the new landscape maintenance works the Landscape Maintenance Supervisor will lead the management of the maintenance works contract for its duration (expected to be 3 years plus a potential 1 year extension).

    ICOA requires the personnel delivering the Landscape Supervisory services to have the appropriate level of experience and qualification for the various tasks.

    It is anticipated, although not mandatory, that the successful supplier will be a member of the Landscape Institute or equivalent

    This contract will be awarded by Inverness Campus Owners Association (ICOA) which is made up of representatives of site owners within Phase 1 although, for some years, the ICOA will effectively be controlled by HIE since it will remain the principal owner of the development plots. The current members are Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Inverness College UHI, Cityheart Ltd, University of the Highlands and Islands and Scottish Vet Referrals

    The tender will follow an open process and the deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 14th December 2016.  It is currently anticipated that the services will be required from February 2017.

    Further details can be found on Public Contracts Scotland

  • Professional Accountancy & Internal Audit Advice and Support

    HIE (including any subsidiary organisation and/or associated company) requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide Accountancy & Internal Audit Advice and Support whilst offering best value in the expenditure of public funds.

    A summary of the main tasks/activities associated with delivering these services are detailed below with full details in the Scope of Requirements:
    - To support the preparation of the HIE accounts
    - To support the Finance team with specialist advice
    - To support the delivery of the Business Improvement and Internal Audit annual plan
    - To provide assurance on the independence of functions undertaken by the Business Improvement and Internal Audit team.

    The tender will follow an open process and the deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 7th December 2016.  It is currently anticipated that the framework will be awarded by the end of January.

    Further details can be found on Public Contracts Scotland

  • Landscaping Services

    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.
    HIE’s current requirements are divided into 8 Lots:
    1 Moray
    2 Inner Moray Firth
    3 Argyll & the Islands
    4 Caithness & Sutherland
    5 Lochaber
    6 Skye & Wester Ross
    7 Innse Gall (Western Isles)
    8 Orkney
    The tender will follow an open process and the deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 31th October 2016.  It is currently anticipated that the contract will be awarded at the end of January 2017.
    Bidders are invited to participate in the Bidders’ Webinar from 10 to 11 a.m. on 27th September 2016.
    Further details can be found on Public Contract Scotland as follows:

    Lot 1 Moray 
    Lot 2 Inner Moray Firth
    Lot 3 Argyll & the Islands
    Lot 4 Caithness & Sutherland
    Lot 5 Lochaber
    Lot 6 Skye & Wester Ross
    Lot 7 Innse Gall (Western Isles)
    Lot 8 Orkney 

Contract awards

  • Registration of Highlands and Islands Enterprise Titles in the Land Register of Scotland.

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

    Morton Fraser LLP

Supplier opportunities

  • 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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