2022-23 Annual Procurement Report

Abertay University - Annual Procurement Report (APR)

01 August 2022 - 31 July 2023

Executive Summary

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (PRA) required any public organisation which has an estimated annual regulated spend[1] of £5 million or more to develop a procurement strategy and then review it annually. This requirement took effect from 31 December 2016. Organisations (including HE and FE institutions) required to develop and publish a procurement strategy were also required to publish an Annual Procurement Report (APR), reflecting on the relevant reporting period of the procurement strategy.

This report covers the period from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2023 and addresses performance and achievements in delivering the Abertay University organisational procurement strategy.

The development of the procurement strategy was the outcome of consultation and discussion with internal and external stakeholders who have an interest in the institutional approach to procurement and its impact. Stakeholder engagement will also feature in the annual assessments of the achievement of regulatory compliance, strategic objectives of the institution, value for money [defined as the best balance of cost, quality and sustainability] and delivery against the institution’s broader aims and objectives, in line with Scotland's National Outcomes. This process of review and reporting will inform any adjustments to the procurement strategy deemed necessary to secure future performance improvements and to respond to the economic, political, and financial influences which the institution may need to adjust to.

Abertay University Procurement Strategy

Abertay University’s Procurement Strategy is currently under review to align with the aims and objectives of the Public Procurement Strategy for Scotland, which provides a high-level vision for Scottish public procurement.    The revised strategy will support the overarching objectives of public procurement being:

  • Good for Business and their Employees
  • Good for Places and Communities
  • Good for Society
  • Open and Connected

As part of the Sustainable Procurement Duty this report will summarise efforts made to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of our area, in particular how procurement has contributed to the response to the global climate emergency.

Abertay University has analysed third party expenditure and has identified that over the period covered by this report the following expenditure has occurred:

  • UK regulated procurements [goods and services worth more than £177,897; works worth more than £4,447,477[2]] amounted to £3,146,364. There were 7 such procurements completed[3].
  • Lower value regulated procurements’ [goods and services worth more than £50,000, works worth more than £2 million] amounted to £1,395,447. There were 18 such procurements completed.

More detailed information on the regulated procurements, sorted into procurement categories, is provided in Sections 1 and 2 and in Annex A of this report.

Abertay University had 721 active suppliers within the reporting period.  287 of these suppliers are recorded as SMEs. 20 SMEs featured in the award of regulated procurements during the period.

The total non-pay expenditure was £10,853,071. This was made up of £1,143,526 capital expenditure, £6,579,597 of regulated expenditure (where supplier spend is more than £50,000) and £3,129,948 non-regulated expenditure.

The University optimises the use of national, sectoral, local, or regional collaborative contracts and frameworks.  This significantly reduces the number of resource-intense formal local tenders and burdens of risk.  As well as enhances cash/non-cash savings, and contract & supplier management. Approximately 74% of the University’s spend went through collaborative agreements during the reporting period.  


The remainder of this report comprises five sections:

Section 1:  Summary of Regulated Procurements Completed

Section 2:  Review of Regulated Procurement Compliance

Section 3: Community Benefit Summary

Section 4:  Supported Businesses Summary

Section 5:  Future Regulated Procurements Summary     

Section 6: Optional considerations

[1] ‘Regulated’ procurements are those with an estimated value equal to or greater than £50k (≥ £12,500 per annum over a four-year contract period excluding VAT) for goods & services (or £2,000,000 excluding VAT for a public works contract).

[2] Public contracts (UK) thresholds were last updated on 01/01/2022 and revised every 2 years – next due on 01/01/2024

[3] Completed when the award notice is published or where the procurement process otherwise comes to an end - covers contracts and framework agreements

Section 1: Summary of Regulated Procurements Completed

Abertay University strongly believes in conducting its procurements in an open and inclusive manner with procurement objectives aligned to the University’s Strategic Plan.

The detailed summary of regulated procurements completed is set out in Annex A. That information, coupled with the publication of the institutional Contracts Register and the systematic use of Public Contracts Scotland and Quick Quotes where appropriate, provides complete visibility of the University’s procurement activity over the reporting period.

Page 8 of this document sets out further information to show lower value regulated procurements completed and UK regulated procurements completed. These are separated into contract categories and distinguish collaborative contracts from institutional ones.

For each completed regulated procurement the information provided shows:

  • the date of award
  • the start dates
  • the category subject matter
  • the name of the supplier
  • estimated value of the contract – total over contract period
  • collaborative or institution owned
  • the end date provided for in the contract or a description of the circumstances in which the contract will end.
  • SME / supported business.


Section 2: Review of Regulated Procurement Compliance

Where appropriate, the University makes use of collaborative contracts to deliver improved contract terms, supported contract and supplier management, sustainable procurement outcomes and value for money (the best balance of cost, quality, and sustainability).

Care is taken to ensure that the University appoints suppliers who are capable, reliable and who can demonstrate that they meet high ethical standards and values in the conduct of their business.

In the period covered by this report, the University has endeavoured to undertake all its regulated procurements in compliance with UK Procurement Principles of equal treatment, non-discrimination, transparency, proportionality, and mutual recognition.

Successful delivery against the procurement strategy objectives is part of a continual improvement process that seeks incremental improvements to process and outcomes over time.

Procurement Strategy Objective Objective Detail Annual Report Commentary on strategy delivery/compliance

Improving Supplier Access to Public Contracts

To make procurement as straightforward as possible for the University and potential suppliers, in particular to improve access for local suppliers and SME's and to eliminate anything that does not add value to the procurement. 

Abertay University procurement activity follows guidelines set out in the Scottish Procurement Journey ensuring consistency, and transparency. 

All regulated procurements are advertised on PCS and use of the Quick Quote facility for exercises which fall below the regulatory thresholds is made where appropriate. 

This approach maximises access to contract opportunities and ensures these are open to as many suppliers as possible. 

Develop sound and useful procurement management information to measure and improve procurement, supplier performance, and to improve co-ordinated procurement planning. 

Spend analysis is undertaken to assist with opportunity identification and forward planning, whilst the Institutional Dashboard information available from APUC (Sector Centre of Expertise) provides useful benchmark information in relation to spend, savings and collaborative activity. 

Delivering Savings and Benefits

To promote the delivery of value for money through good procurement practice and optimal use of procurement collaboration opportunities. 

Principles of Whole Life Costing, Quality and Sustainability are encouraged to ensure procurement activities deliver best value for money. 

The uptake of framework contracts and spend through collaborative agreements is increasing year on year. 

To work with our internal stakeholders and suppliers to ensure continued value, managed performance and minimal risk throughout the life of contracts for the benefit of students and other external stakeholders.

The University advocates the aggregation of requirements when appropriate to maximise leverage, reduce duplication of effort and mitigate against unnecessary resource costs. 

Maximising Efficiency and Collaboration

To work with Internal budget holders, academics and support service colleagues and suppliers to deliver innovation and best value to the University, through the continued development of effective and co-ordinated procurement processes.

Procurement staff work collaboratively with end users and wider stakeholder groups to:

  • provide best practice advice and guidance with a view to maximising value and minimising risk in relation to the provision of goods and services.

  • ensure that tender specifications and contracts meet the needs of the institution and are clearly understood and deliverable by the supply base.

Deliver professional procurement training to our colleagues embedding procurement and contract management skills across the University.

Procurement staff adopt a pro-active approach to their continuing professional development, Scottish Governments Competency Framework has been adopted.  The Procurement team actively participate in training courses organised for the sector by APUC and make use of available online resources to ensure that professional competence is maintained.

Staff involved in procurement and purchasing activities are provided with guidance and appropriate support in areas such as legal compliance, sustainability and value for money.  Support with effective contract management continues to be developed.

Advice and guidance is available on the University’s intranet pages.

Embedding Sustainability in all we do

To embed sound ethical, social and environmental policies within the University's procurement function and to comply with relevant Scottish and other pertinent legislation through compliance with the Sustainable Procurement Duty. 

Where relevant, tender specifications make use of appropriate standards and labels to ensure fair and ethical trading is a consideration in suppliers’ offers.  Use of Sector based Framework Agreements provides additional assurance in relation to fair and ethical trading.  For example, the use of Electronics Watch information in the procurement of ICT equipment mitigates the risks of the use of forced labour in the supply chain. 

The University is committed to contracting only with suppliers that comply with all appropriate and relevant legislation. Where appropriate, and on a contract-by-contract basis, the institution will assess the legislation applicable to the contract and take steps to ensure bidders comply with it e.g. Health and Safety, Equality and GDPR/Data Protection legislation.

Where appropriate and proportionate, fair work practices will be evaluated as part of the tender process, with areas such as zero-hours contracts and payment of the real/national living wage being taken into consideration. The University is now an accredited Living Wage employer and encourages it’s supply base to follow this practice.

Where appropriate, Community Benefits Clauses will be considered and performance against these measured throughout the lifespan of the contract.

FNT2030 worksheets are embedded within the function and linked through to the procurement workstreams.

The University has procurement processes and sign off arrangements that are consistent with the guidelines set out in the Procurement Journey and that have met the objectives and obligations set out immediately above. 


Section 3: Community Benefit Summary

For every procurement over £4m, the University considers how it can improve the economic social or environmental wellbeing of its area through inclusion of community benefit clauses, to assist with achieving sustainability in contracts activity. Where possible, relevant, and proportionate, such clauses may be included in regulated procurements valued at below £4m.

Where applicable, as part of the tendering process, suppliers are invited to describe their approach to delivering community benefits or achieving social value through a contract. Relevant community benefits are cited such as:

  • providing ‘upskilling’ opportunities (e.g. Toolbox talks) with students and staff,

  • offering advice and assistance on the best practice methodology,

  • employment, student work experience and vocational training opportunities,

  • apprenticeships,

  • local subcontractor opportunities available to SMEs, 3rd sector and supported businesses,

  • direct involvement in community-based schemes or programmes,

  • equality and diversity initiatives,

  • supply-chain development activity,

  • educational support initiatives,

  • to minimise negative environmental impacts, for example impacts associated with vehicle movements and/or associated emissions and impacts on protected areas, buildings or sites.


Where community benefits are included in a procurement (at or above the £4 million threshold), the award notice would include a statement of the benefits that are expected to be derived from the contract.

In the reporting period, there was no new contract awarded containing community benefits.


Section 4: Supported Business

Abertay University reviews appropriate procurements to determine whether subsequent contracts could be fulfilled by a Supported Business, whilst remaining compliant with UK and Scottish Procurement Legislation and ensuring value for money for the institution (using the only Supported Business register currently available and published by Ready for Business).

There were no contracts for supported businesses in the period covered by this report, and presently there are no contracts in place with a supported business. Opportunities will continue to be explored and identified as part of future contract strategies.   As an alternative, Abertay have linked with a local supported business as a pathfinder for students with additional support needs looking for recruitment.


Section 5: Future Regulated Procurements

The University is keen to encourage competition by promoting optimal participation in its procurement process and achieve better value for money in its procurements. One method of achieving this is to give notice to suppliers of tendering opportunities that are expected to commence over the next two financial years after the period covered by this report.

In preparing this forward projection of anticipated regulated procurements, it is difficult to be precise about providing details of actual requirements. Over a forecast period of two years, it is very probable that circumstances and priorities will change so the list of projected individual regulated procurement exercises outlined in this document should be viewed with this caveat in mind.

The information provided covers:

  • the subject matter of the anticipated regulated procurement

  • whether it is a new, extended or re-let procurement

  • the expected contract notice publication date

  • expected award date

  • expected start and end date

  • the estimated value of the contract.

  • contract category A, B, C or C1

List of Regulated Procurements Completed in the Reporting Period 01/08/2022  -  31/07/2023

Category Subject Supplier name Date of Award Owner: Cat A/B or C? Start Date End Date Value over contract period SME Status
Travel Management Services Travel Perk UK IRL Limited 09/06/2022 B 01/09/2022 31/08/2026 £1,300,000 Medium
LCMS (Mass Spectrometer) Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited 10/03/2023 B 13/03/2023 12/07/2028 £457,459 -
Wired Network Replacement Logicalis Ltd 25/04/2023 B 01/05/2023 30/09/2023 £332,133 -
Timetabling & Resource Management System Softcat PLC 30/09/2022 A 30/09/2022 29/09/2027 £326,772 -
Internal Audit Azets 18/10/2022 C 24/10/2022 23/10/2025 £320,000 Medium
Graduation & Events Services Marston Events; Contraflow Ltd; Henderson Gray; Malmaison; Sandy Baird Ltd; Securitay Ltd; The Country Garden; Venesky Brown Recruitment Ltd; Vision Sound and Light Ltd 15/06/2022 C 01/07/2023 30/06/2026 £210,000 3 x Medium, 1 x Micro, 3 x Small
Condition Survey Faithful & Gould 10/03/2023 B 06/03/2023 05/09/2024 £200,000 -
Current Research Information System (CRIS) Elsevier B/V 05/04/2023 C 01/05/2023 30/04/2026 £167,325 -
Aptos Maintenance and Support B-Plan Information Systems Ltd 14/07/2022 C 01/08/2022 31/07/2025 £113,426 Medium
Cybersecurity Recruitment Cyber & Fraud Centre - Scotland Ltd; Salutemyjob Ltd 13/04/2023 C 13/04/2023 12/04/2024 £40,000 Small & Micro
Installation and Maintenance of AV Equipment Mediascape 04/07/2022 B 01/07/2023 30/06/2026 £90,000 Small
Whitespace Air Conditioning - Remedial Work McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd 28/06/2023 C 26/06/2023 25/08/2023 £88,183 -
Building Maintenance John G MacKintosh Ltd 28/03/2023 C 01/04/2023 31/12/2023 £75,000 Medium
Endpoint Detection and Response Solution Softcat PLC 23/02/2023 C 01/04/2023 31/03/2026 £74,573 -
Enterprise Back-Up Solutions Softcat PLC 30/04/2023 A 30/04/2023 29/04/2026 £68,402 -
Pebblepad Pebble Learning Limited 21/07/2022 C 01/09/2022 31/08/2025 £66,750 Medium
Springer Nature Read & Publish JISC 30/06/2023 C 30/06/2023 29/12/2025 £66,500 -
Headsets & Capture Suits Computacentre; Playstation; Teslasuit; Vicon Motion Systems 28/02/2023 C 28/02/2023 27/03/2023 £66,240 1 x Medium
Sage Journals JISC 30/06/2023 C 30/06/2023 29/12/2024 £62,689 -
Adobe Licence Renewal Softcat PLC 20/07/2022 B 16/08/2022 15/08/2023 £61,542 -
GPU Server Scan Computers International Limited 05/07/2022 B 06/07/2022 05/01/2024 £60,200 Medium
Multi-Functional Devices (MFD) Canon UK Ltd 25/05/2023 C 01/07/2023 30/06/2026 £59,515 -
Global Mobility Vialto Partners 04/10/2023 A 10/10/2022 09/10/2025 £59,000 -
Motion Tracking Vicon Motion Systems Ltd 25/10/2022 C 25/10/2022 24/10/2023 £53,935 Medium
Design for Business InGame/V&A Agency of None 01/11/2022 C 12/12/2022 11/05/2023 £50,000 Medium

Non Compliant

There were no non-compliant regulated procurements undertaken or completed in the reporting period. 

List of Regulated Procurements with Community Benefit Requirements Fulfilled

There were no regulated procurements with community benefit requirements fulfilled during the reporting period. 

List of Regulated Procurements placed with Supported Businesses

There were no regulated procurements placed with Supported Businesses during the reporting period. 


List of Regulated Procurements planned to commence in the next two Financial Years 2023/24 & 2024/25

Category Subject Matter (Title/Desc) New, Extend or re-let Notice Publication Date Forecast Contract Award Date Forecast Start Date End Date Estimated Contract Value Category
Adobe Licence Renewal Re-let Call-off 01/08/2023 16/08/2023 15/08/2024 £60,000 B
Lift Replacement (Annie's Building)  New Call-off 11/09/2023 01/09/2023 30/11/2023 £50,000 C
Business Source Premier Academic Database Re-let Call-off 01/10/2023 01/10/2023 31/10/2023 £73,605 C
VDI - Apps Anywhere Licences  Re-let Call-off 15/10/2023 15/10/2023 14/11/2023 £130,131 A
Coach Hire  New 04/05/2023 01/11/2023 01/11/2023 31/10/2024 £50,000 C
Building Maintenance New 01/11/2023 30/11/2023 01/01/2024 31/12/2026 £300,000 C
IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) Re-let Call-off 30/11/2023 30/11/2023 29/12/2023 £104,102 C
Fire & Security New 01/11/2023 01/05/2024 01/07/2024 30/06/2027 £50,000 C
Microsoft Services - EES Licence agreement Re-let Call-off 01/01/2024 01/01/2024 31/12/2026 £214,354 B
Microsoft Azure Cloud Consumption Re-let Call-off 01/01/2024 01/01/2024 31/12/2024 £160,696 B
Legal Services Re-let 18/09/2023 01/02/2024 01/02/2024 31/01/2027 £360,000 B
Condition Survey Extension   06/03/2024 06/03/2024 05/03/2027 £300,000 B
Gas & Electricity Agreement  Re-let Call-off 01/04/2024 01/04/2024 31/03/2027 £3,795,984 A
Pest Control Extension   01/05/2024 01/05/2024 30/04/2025 £60,000 C
Minor Works Re-let 01/11/2023 18/06/2024 18/06/2024 17/06/2027 £2,000,000 C
Cloud Transformation and Support Services Re-let 01/11/2023 21/06/2024 21/06/2024 20/06/2027 £1,000,000 C
Chartered Psychologist / Spld Assessor Re-let Single Source 27/06/2024 27/06/2024 26/06/2025 £92,000 C
Student Services - Target Connect Re-let 01/11/2023 01/07/2024 01/08/2024 31/07/2027 £67,572 C
Online Student Support 24/7 Re-let Single Source 01/07/2024 22/08/2024 21/09/2026 £55,000 C
Stu Talk - SITS Re-let Call-off 01/07/2024 01/08/2024 31/07/2027 £50,000 C
Energy Centre New Call-off 31/07/2024 31/07/2024 30/07/2028 £40,000,000 A
Insurance Covers Extension   01/08/2024 01/08/2024 31/08/2024 £600,000 A
Virtual Learning Environment Re-let Call-off 01/08/2024 01/08/2024 31/07/2027 £240,794 B
Donor Management and CRM  Re-let 01/11/2023 01/08/2024 01/08/2024 31/07/2025 £55,515 C
Insurance Broker Extension   01/08/2024 01/08/2024 31/08/2024 £52,823 C
Adobe Licence Renewal Re-let Call-off 16/08/2024 16/08/2024 15/08/2025 £60,000 B
SITS - Support and Maintenance Re-let Call-off 01/09/2024 01/09/2024 31/08/2027 £280,000 C
External Audit Services Extension   13/09/2024 13/09/2024 12/09/2027 £276,240 C
Information & Record Management New Call-off 02/10/2024 02/10/2024 01/10/2025 £84,000 A
Print Services Extension   01/12/2024 01/12/2024 30/11/2027 £200,000 C
Sciencedirect Freedom Collection Extension   02/01/2025 02/01/2025 01/01/2026 £195,996 A
ePayment System (WPM) Re-let Call-off 01/03/2025 01/03/2025 28/02/2030 £94,500 C
Investment Manager Re-let 01/03/2024 09/03/2025 28/03/2025 27/03/2030 £360,000 C
Digital Content Capture Re-let Call-off 11/04/2025 26/04/2025 25/04/2026 £278,000 B
AI/Chatbot/RPA Services Re-let Call-off 25/04/2025 25/04/2025 24/04/2028 £300,000 C


Annual Procurement Report - Annex A

[NOTE: reference to contract is also to be constructed as meaning a framework agreement]

1. Organisation and report details






a) Contracting Authority Name





Abertay University

b) Period of the annual procurement report






c) Required by s18 Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 to prepare an annual procurement report? (Yes / No)








2. Summary of Regulated Procurements Completed






a) Total number of regulated contracts awarded within the report period



b) Total value of regulated contracts awarded within the report period



c) Total number of unique suppliers awarded a place on a regulated contract awarded during the period


    i)  how many of these unique suppliers are SMEs






    ii) how many of these unique suppliers how many are Third sector bodies









3. Review of Regulated Procurements Compliance






a) Number of regulated contracts awarded within the period that complied with your Procurement Strategy


b) Number of regulated contracts awarded within the period that did not comply with your Procurement Strategy








4. Community Benefit Requirements Summary






Use of Community Benefit Requirements in Procurement:






a) Total number of regulated contracts awarded with a value of £4 million or greater.


b) Total number of regulated contracts awarded with a value of £4 million or greater that contain Community


    Benefit Requirements.


c) Total number of regulated contracts awarded with a value of less than £4 million that contain a Community


    Benefit Requirements




Key Contract Information on community benefit requirements imposed as part of a regulated procurement that were fulfilled during the period:


d) Number of Jobs Filled by Priority Groups (Each contracting authority sets its own priority groups)


e) Number of Apprenticeships Filled by Priority Groups






f) Number of Work Placements for Priority Groups






g) Number of Qualifications Achieved Through Training by Priority Groups


h) Total Value of contracts sub-contracted to SMEs






i) Total Value of contracts sub-contracted to Social Enterprises






j) Total Value of contracts sub-contracted to Supported Businesses






k) Other community benefit(s) fulfilled












5. Fair Work and the real Living Wage






a) Number of regulated contracts awarded during the period that have included a scored Fair Work        






b) Number of unique suppliers who have committed to pay the real Living Wage in the delivery of a regulated


    contract awarded during the period.


c) Number of unique suppliers who are accredited Living Wage employers and were awarded a regulated


    contract awarded during the period.


d) Number of unique suppliers who have signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge and were awarded a


    regulated contract awarded during the period.








6. Payment performance






a) Number of valid invoices received during the reporting period.






b) Percentage of invoices paid on time during the period (“On time” means within the time period set out in


    the contract terms.)


c) Number of regulated contracts awarded during the period containing a contract term requiring the prompt


    payment of invoices in public contract supply chains.


d) Number of concerns raised by sub-contractors about the timely payment of invoices within the supply chain


    of public contracts.








7. Supported Businesses Summary






a) Total number of regulated contracts awarded to supported businesses during the period



b) Total spend with supported businesses during the period covered by the report, including:


    i)  spend within the reporting year on regulated contracts






    ii) spend within the reporting year on non-regulated contracts









8. Spend and Savings Summary






a) Total procurement spend for the period covered by the annual procurement report.


b) Total procurement spend with SMEs during the period covered by the annual procurement report.

£ 5,580,550

c) Total procurement spend with Third sector bodies during the period covered by the report.


d) Percentage of total procurement spend through collaborative contracts.









e) Total targeted cash savings for the period covered by the annual procurement report


Local target not set

    i)    targeted cash savings for Cat A contracts






    ii)   targeted cash savings for Cat B contracts






    iii)  targeted cash savings for Cat C contracts












f) Total delivered cash savings for the period covered by the annual procurement report


    i)   delivered cash savings for Cat A & B contracts












    ii) delivered cash savings for Cat C contracts












g) Total non-cash savings value for the period covered by the annual procurement report








9. Future regulated procurements






a) Total number of regulated procurements expected to commence in the next two financial years


b) Total estimated value of regulated procurements expected to commence in the next two financial years


Glossary of Terms

A, B, C and C1 Contracts (Who buys what?)


Category A

Collaborative Contracts available to all public bodies 

  • Scottish Procurement

Category B

Collaborative Contracts available to public bodies within a specific sector

  • Scottish Procurement

  • Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)

  • Scotland Excel

  • NHS National Procurement

Category C

Local Contracts for use by individual public bodies

Category C1

Local or regional collaborations between public bodies

APUC's Code of Conduct - APUC and its client community of colleges and universities is committed to carrying out procurement activities in an environmentally, socially, ethically and economically responsible manner and to entering into agreements and contracts with suppliers that share and adhere to its vision. To demonstrate this commitment, current and potential suppliers are asked to acknowledge their compliance with the principles of the APUC Supply Chain Code of Conduct with respect to their organisation and their supply chain. 

BT14 - Sustainability Based Benefits - sustainability benefits where costs are not normally relevant can be reported but will normally be described in narrative including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Reduction in waste – packaging and / or further use of residue from processes etc.

  • Reduction in consumption - use of raw materials (consumables, utilities etc.)

  • Recycling and/or reuse of products

  • Enhanced Reputation and/or marketing opportunities

  • Community Benefits delivery

  • Carbon Reduction 

  • Social, equality and / or environmental improvements

Category Subject is a collection of commodities or services sourced from the same or similar supply base, which meet a similar consumer need, or which are inter-related or substitutable.

Community Benefits are requirements which deliver wider benefits in addition to the core purpose of a contract. These can relate to social- economic and or environmental. Benefits. Community Benefits clauses are requirements which deliver wider benefits in addition to the core purpose of a contract. These clauses can be used to build a range of economic, social or environmental conditions into the delivery of institutional contracts.

Contracts Registers these typically provide details of the procurement exercise to capture key information about the contract (the goods and services, values, date started, expiry date, procurement category etc).

Cost Avoidance The act of eliminating costs or preventing their occurrence in the first place. It tends not to show up on, but materially impacts, the bottom-line cost and is normally referred to as a “soft” cost saving i.e. negating supplier requests to increase costs, procuring services/goods/ works under budget, obtaining prices lower than the market average/median.

Contract management or contract administration is the management of contracts made with customers, suppliers, partners, or employees. Contract management activities can be divided into three areas: service delivery management; relationship management; and contract administration.

UK regulated procurements are those whose values require that they are conducted in compliance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. compliant with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

Flexible Framework Self-Assessment Tool (FFSAT) enables measurement against various aspects of sustainable procurement.

Hub (Spikes Cavell) - The Scottish Procurement Information Hub is provided by Spikes Cavell as a spend analysis tool allowing organisations to: -

◾Identify non-pay spend on external goods and services

◾Identify key suppliers and how many transactions are made with each

◾Highlight common spend across suppliers and categories

◾Identify spend with SMEs and/or local suppliers

This information means that individual organisations and Centres of Expertise can identify where collaborative opportunities might exist and where transactional efficiencies could be made.

For more information, visit the Scottish Government's Hub page.

Hunter - Hunter has been developed by the eSolutions team. It is a database solution which uses standard Microsoft packages (Access and SQL Server) enabling organisations to effectively monitor and report on collaborative contracting activities.

As a solution, it is operational within the HE/FE sector in Scotland and is also being utilised by the HE consortia in England and Wales that also provide collaborative contracting services to the sector. Hunter has a multi-level structure which allows consortia to share collaborative agreements, make them visible to their member organisations, and in turn enabling them to record their own contracts.

Institutional Dashboard -  is the area within the APUC Buyers Portal being developed by the APUC eSolutions team providing easy access to institutions’ key management reporting data being recorded centrally through Hunter. The dashboard currently hosts key regulatory procurement information on Contracts Registers, forward contracting plans, expenditure reporting and APR Data. The list of reports is planned to expand to cover savings and PCIP dashboard data.

Lotting - the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 encourage the use of lots (regulation 47), to promote competitiveness and to facilitate the involvement of SMEs in the public procurement market, by considering the appropriateness of dividing contracts into lots to smaller contracts

UK thresholds The present thresholds are (net of VAT): - for Supply and Services Contracts, £177,897, for Works Contracts £4,447,447. Public contracts (UK) thresholds are revised every 2 years – this is next due on 01/01/2024.

Output Specification requirements are set out in terms of what you want to achieve, leaving the tenderers to decide on how they will deliver those requirements. This can lead to innovation by the tenderers. The services detailed in the output specification should be capable of objective assessment so that the performance of the supplier can be accurately monitored.

Prioritisation - the Sustainable Public Procurement Prioritisation Tool which is a tool to aid all procuring organisations across the Scottish Public Sector designed to bring a standard structured approach to the assessment of spend categories.

Procurement Journey is public procurement toolkit with guidance and templates on the procurement process to facilitate a standardised approach to the market and contract and supplier management.

Procurement & Commercial Improvement Programme (PCIP) replaced the previous Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA) and focuses on the policies and procedures driving procurement performance and more importantly, the results they deliver.

PCS (Public Contracts Scotland) is the national advertising portal used to advertise all public sector goods, services or works contract opportunities.

PCS-Tender is the national eTendering system, and is centrally funded by the Scottish Government. The system is a secure and efficient means for buyers and suppliers to manage tender exercises online.  The standard templates enable buyers to create consistent tender documentation.

Segmentation the division and grouping of suppliers or contracts in relation to spend and its criticality to business.

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) encompass –

     Micro enterprises: enterprises which employ fewer than 10 persons and whose annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet total does not exceed £1.57 million.

     Small enterprises: enterprises which employ fewer than 50 persons and whose annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet total does not exceed £7.86 million.

     Medium enterprises: enterprises which are neither micro nor small, which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding £39.28 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding £33.78 million.

Social Enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to deliver profit to shareholders and owners.

Supply Chain encompasses all activities, resources, products etc. involved in creating and moving a product or service from the supplier to the procurer.

Supply Chain Management Programme (Sustain) is the APUC supply chain sustainability web portal, a central hub where sector suppliers can complete and store sustainability compliance data. The portal is the core supply chain sustainability tool supporting HE and FE institutions and their suppliers in delivering a transparent, environmentally positive, ethical and socially responsible supply chain

Supported business means an economic operator whose main aim is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons, and where at least 30% of the employees of the economic operator are disabled or disadvantaged persons.

Supported employment programme means an employment programme operated by an economic operator, the main aim of which is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons, and where at least 30% of those engaged in the programme are disabled or disadvantaged persons.

Sustainable Procurement A process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis and generates benefits, not only for the organisation but also to society, the economy and the environment.

Third-Party Expenditure is calculated based upon the total value of invoices paid per annum, excluding VAT, to all suppliers for the purchase of goods and services. It is defined as including: goods – tangible products such as stationery, which are often also known as supplies. Services – provision of an intangible product such as refuse collection, elderly home care, whether carried out internally or externally. Works – including construction works and utilities – energy costs. It excludes employee costs, non-cash expenditure (e.g. depreciation), grants, trust payments and other non-controllable payments to other publicly funded bodies but should include spending on agency staff, capital expenditure and programme spend on commodities and services.

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