The Scottish public sector has created its first framework with a ‘supply only’ option to open up opportunities for SMEs.
Scotland Excel, a shared procurement service for local authorities, has launched a frozen food framework worth £25m a year. It claims it is the first to offer local suppliers the option to be supply only providers, meaning they do not need to provide distribution services.
Julie Welsh, director of Scotland Excel, said: “This framework is good for business and was specifically designed to unlock opportunities for SMEs by introducing the option to supply food only. This meant smaller manufacturers and producers were able to bid to be part of a national food contract without having to include distribution.
“I am delighted that seven SMEs now have an opportunity to secure a share of the business.”
Of the 11 firms that have been awarded a place, four are Scottish SMEs. Not all of the firms are supply only.
The framework will help councils buy frozen poultry, beef, seafood, bakery products and fruit and vegetables among other things. It will be used by schools, nurseries, leisure centres and care homes.
Scotland Excel is a non-profit jointly funded by Scotland’s 37 local authorities and serves as a centre of expertise for procurement.
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