Procurement Policy and Strategy


As a public sector organisation the primary objective of VisitScotland procurement activity is to secure best value for money.


Our procurement strategy aims to ensure that all procurement activity takes full account of wider economic, social and environmental responsibilities within its processes and promotes fair and equal competition at all times.


VisitScotland uses the Public Contracts Scotland website to publicly advertise all contract opportunities over £50,000.  To access public procurement opportunities you are invited to register as a supplier on the Public Contracts Scotland website.             


Find out more about the procurement activity we have in place at VisitScotland:


Procurement Strategy

The VisitScotland Procurement Strategy 2016 - 2019 sets out how the organisation will continue to employ a robust and sustainable approach to procurement.


The Strategy serves to enable the organisation’s Corporate Plan whilst adhering to the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and the Scottish Government Procurement Journey to work collaboratively to secure value for money.

Procurement Policy

We have produced a Procurement Policy to assist staff in the procurement process, ensuring that appropriate internal controls are maintained and to act as a point of reference.

Conditions of Contract:


Public sector procurement is a legal process and VisitScotland is required to adhere to EU legal requirements.


VisitScotland has a no purchase order - no payment policy. Suppliers are required to have received a purchase order before they undertake a commitment on behalf of VisitScotland.  


Our Conditions of Contract are an integral part of a VisitScotland Order and should be recognised and understood by all parties or providers of goods and services to VisitScotland.


Our Conditions of Contract.

Contracts Register:


In line with the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, we have published our summarised Contracts Register


This will be refreshed on a quarterly basis.  If you require any further information in relation to the publicised Contracts Register, please email


Our summarised Contracts Register.

Sustainable Procurement:


We recognise the need to drive sustainable procurement in all purchasing activities and fully endorse the Scottish Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan.


Responsible and Sustainable procurement is about achieving value for money whilst realising environmental, community and economic objectives.


Responsible and Sustainable procurement is 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. This generates benefits not only to the organisation but also to community and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment.

Supplier Development:


The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is a local authority partnership programme established to offer Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to grow and diversify through engaging with Public Sector organisations.


On the SDP website you will find tips for responding to public tenders as well as help with policies. In addition the SDP also provides workshops to cover specific topics relating to completing pre-qualification questionnaires and tenders for public sector.

Procurement Annual Report:


In line with the Procurement  Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, we will publish our first Procurement Annual Report by Spring 2018.


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