The Comhairle has adopted the Scottish Government's 'Suppliers Charter' (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) which commits us to improving the way we work with businesses. Both the public sector and business accept that effective procurement practices are an important factor in ensuring a varied and competitive marketplace and creating opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's), as well as ensuring Best Value/Value for Money for the public sector.
The Comhairle has to follow strict rules when buying goods, works or services. This means that bidding for a Comhairle contract can at first seem complicated and time-consuming. We follow the Scottish Government Procurement Journey. An on-line guide called "The Suppliers Journey" (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) has also been produced which:
- explains the process of awarding a public sector contract in straightforward terms;
- sets out what buyers expect you to do at each stage in that process;
- gives practical information on how you can find out about business opportunities, how to bid for business, and what to expect when delivering the contract;
- tells you what support is available to help you win business, and what you can do if you are unsuccessful.
This guide is not a substitute for legal and professional advice. When you are bidding for business you must obtain specific details about each tender.
There is a specific Policy for late and/or non-compliant Pre Qualifying Questionnaire’s (PQQ’s) and Invitations to Tender (ITT’s) and the discretions which may be applied.