15 February 2008 | Paul Snell
The value of deals put through the Scottish public sector e-procurement system last year was more than five times greater than in 2006.
The Scottish Executive said the eProcurement Scotland system processed £1.7 billion of deals in 2007. This compares with £321 million in 2006 and £251 million the year before.
And now the government is urging more buyers in Scotland to sign up to the system. So far there are 80 public bodies using the system with 43,068 suppliers registered.
"eProcurement Scotland is one of the most comprehensive and successful e-government initiatives in the world. I want to see more public bodies maximise the benefits of buying goods and services online," said John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance. "There is no reason why the public sector should not get online and start making the business of doing business easier."
The system also has the support of business groups such as the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCOC).
Liz Cameron, chief executive at the SCOC, said: "eProcurement Scotland has demonstrated substantial success in linking public sector purchasers with private sector suppliers and the high value of transactions it is now handling is testament to this."