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 >

HIE have now published their Procurement Strategy for 2017-2018 which sets out our procurement objectives and an action plan for 2017/18. It 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.

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

  • Research, Appraisal and Support Framework
    The purpose of this exercise is to put in place arrangements which will provide HIE with access to external expertise to support project appraisal, project management, and research activities.  All commissions routed through this Framework will be aimed at supporting HIE to deliver its priorities.  The Framework will establish a streamlined, flexible and efficient mechanism for the provision of consultancy expertise. This external support will be available mainly for internal use with occasional support being available to clients.

    A single, amalgamated Framework will replace the three existing Frameworks.  This new Framework - the Research, Appraisal and Support Framework – is being divided into three closely aligned Lots (as follows), all of which will be procured simultaneously, but under separate contract notices:

    Lot 1 Finance and Technical Support
    Lot 2 Project Development, Appraisal and Review
    Lot 3 Research

    The deadline for submissions of tenders for each lot is 12 noon on 16th May 2017 Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland by selecting the relevant lot above.

  • 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.

  • Wild seaweed harvesting as a diversification opportunity for fishermen

    The Wild Seaweed harvesting opportunity has never been looked at in Scotland before; therefore the costs associated with obtaining a marine licence for the activity are relatively unknown and the licencing process untested. In order to begin to understand if Laminaria harvesting has any potential as a diversification opportunity a comprehensive and extensive programme of work is required which will address the issues, barriers, sustainability, environmental impact and costs associated with wild seaweed harvesting.

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise wish to procure an experienced consultant to undertake a programme of work that will investigate the economic feasibility of wild seaweed harvesting as a potential diversification opportunity for fishermen. The project will have three main work streams and the project requires the production of three reports:
    (i) Seaweed Mapping and Location Guidance
    (ii) Seaweed Harvesting Guidance and
    (iii) Marine Licence Scoping and Economic Feasibility

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 10th May 2017. Further details can be found on Public Contract Scotland.

  • Marketing and PR Services Framework
    HIE is procuring a new over-arching Marketing and PR Services Framework for its own use and on behalf of the named users of the framework. Key to this requirement is delivering targeted messages and engagement to identified audiences, including local communities, businesses, funders and key stakeholders/influencers. Included in this work is event management, media relations, implementation and monitoring of PR and marketing campaigns. The focus of all work will reflect the increasing importance of digital marketing to HIE.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 3rd May 2017.  Further details can be found on Public Contracts 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

  • 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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