19 May 2009 | Jake Kanter
Public sector bodies in Scotland almost doubled their e-procurement spend last year, according to latest figures.
Government authorities conducted nearly £2.5 billion worth of business through eProcurement Scotl@nd (ePS) last year, a rise of 45 per cent on 2007.
The Scottish government spends around £8 billion a year and more than 100 public bodies use ePS purchasing software.
The new figures mark significant progress since 2002 when the ePS project was launched. Initial take-up was slow among local authorities.
Finance secretary John Swinney (pictured) said: "ePS Scotland provides an effective and efficient way of improving procurement while saving taxpayers money, all the more crucial as we face increasing spending pressures. It also saves businesses time by speeding up order to delivery times and is a more sustainable way of doing business."
"Public organisations not already using e-procurement need to address this as soon as possible to help Scotland beat the recession."