Video Guidance

Welcome to our video guidance area where you will find a mix of video guides, sketchbooks and info-graphics explaining the benefits and functions of this site.


Danwood Scotland

Danwood Scotland, an independent supplier of print and document solutions, discuss working with public sector organisations, use of PCS and Scottish Government frameworks.

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Dovetail Enterprises

Dundee-based Dovetail Enterprises new contract showroom is officially launched by Minister of Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison. Guests invited to the special event were invited to tour the impressive showroom which demonstrates Dovetail’s high-quality manufacturing capabilities.

Business expansion plans a good fit for the public sector

A video featuring Edinburgh-based Forth Sector, a registered charity responsible for the operation of a group of thriving businesses, which includes St Jude’s Laundry and Edinburgh Embroidery Services (EES), delivering quality products and services to a wide range of customers.

Procurex Scotland 2013 Montage

Suppliers and Scottish Government procurement representatives talk about the highlights of this year’s Procurex Scotland 2013 event.

Supported Business Framework - Glencraft

With a legacy of ensuring well-rested people across Scotland for over 150 years -- Aberdeen-based Glencraft can proudly boast a well-earned reputation for manufacturing and supplying high-quality mattresses and divans.

PCS delivers benefits for Fife Council

Allan Tough from Fife Council talks about the difference PCS has made to the organisation and the benefits it has seen from a wide-spread adoption of the service.

More Scottish companies winning public contracts

At the recent launch of the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) progress report for 2012, Deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that more small businesses than ever before are securing public contracts through the Scottish Government’s national advertising service. The Deputy First Minister unveiled the PCS annual report during a visit to the Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh as she hi...

Allison Enterprises

Allison has come a long way since its beginnings as a fencing contractor, now, the business is delivering soft and hard landscaping, tree planting, site clearance, plant hire and bespoke steel fabrication for a wide range of customers. Based in Perthshire, Allison regularly works with public sector organisations across Scotland, and through PCS' subcontracting functionality, was successful in winn...

Boston Networks

Boston Networks is one of the UK's leading companies in the design, delivery and maintenance of high performance wireless network infrastructures. It has been successful in winning a number of contracts through PCS including the provision of a Wireless local area network to Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service.

Framework Agreement with Supported Factories and Businesses launched by the Scottish Government

Alistair Kerr, director and chair of BASE Scotland discusses the impact of the Scottish Government’s newly-launched framework agreement for supported factories and businesses will have on supported businesses across Scotland. The framework which encourages the public sector to buy a range of goods and services will realise the benefits of collaborative procurement, increasing opportunities for sup...

CCL North

Exhibiting at this Procurex Scotland 2012, CCL North, an Irvine-based business specialising in secure computer recycling and WEEE disposal, gives its opinion on PCS and what part it plays in its business development.

Sign Factory - Future signs for growth

Falkirk-based Sign Factory is a supported business specialising in the production of signs, vehicle graphics and engraving. Sandra Murphy, assistant sales and marketing manager, talks about the importance of the Scottish Government's Framework Agreement for supported factories and businesses and the impact it will have on Sign Factory.

Family business has public sector windfall

Braisby Roofing Ltd, Fife's biggest roofing and external render contractor, has seen a growth in its public sector work and it's all down to winning business through the PCS portal.

PCS delivering results for Scottish Enterprise

Phil Martin, Director of Facilities, Procurement and Management for Scottish Enterprise discusses the benefits of PCS.

Development of PCS

Gary Robinson, Procurement Development Manager for the Scottish Government talks about the development of PCS since launch.

Public Contracts Scotland – what buyers say about it

Nearly 700 public sector organisations use Public Contracts Scotland to advertise contracts. Here, buyers responsible for some of the £9 billion worth of annual business opportunities talk about why they use the portal to purchase goods and services.

Success on a plate for cafe owner

Enterprising cafe worker Janice Vernon was faced with an uncertain future when it looked as if she might lose her dream job, but a year on she is serving up her own success. Janice had worked for eight years at the Deans and Inveralmond High School community cafes when her boss decided he no longer wanted to be involved in the business. Determined not to lose a role she loved, Janice decided to...

Bike business sets wheels in motion

Helping council staff get on their bikes has had a significant impact on an Edinburgh-based business which is passionate about pedal power. Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative - one of the UK's leading independent bicycle retailers - is working with The City of Edinburgh Council to supply bicycles to staff joining its bicycle-to-work scheme. The contract, which began last year, means the Council is n...

Scottish Government Helping Supported Businesses

Steps by The Scottish Government to level the playing field for social enterprises and supported businesses to secure public sector contracts were introduced at the end of last year. Through Public Contracts Scotland (PCS), buyers are able to reserve contracts to supported businesses when publishing a notice under Article 19, an element of a 2004 European Union directive. This step however doe...

Public Contract Scotland launches app

Public Contract Scotland (PCS), The Scottish Government’s public sector procurement portal, has launched the world’s first app specifically designed to alert business to new contract opportunities from the public sector. The PCS procurement app will allow businesses to access contract notices as they are posted. App users will be able to access information more easily and faster than by browsi...

Public Contracts Scotland - One Year On.

Public Contracts Scotland was setup in October 2008 as part of the Scottish Government's Public Procurement Reform Programme. In this video we speak to both suppliers and purchasers who use the site; John McClelland CBE, whose 2006 report called for the establishment of PCS; and John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

Case Study - Jim Byrne and Associates

With only one employee, Jim Byrne and Associates, based in Glasgow is the smallest that any SME can be. However, despite the size of his web design business, Jim hasn’t been put off from tendering or winning public sector work.

Case Study - Forth Resource Management

Based in North-Berwick, East Lothian, Forth Resource Management, is an organic material composting business. Operating in the waste management sector the company specializes in providing waste disposal services and creating environmentally sound services and products from this waste including compost, mulch and topsoil. Forth Resource Management registered on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) we...

Case Study - Argyll International

Glasgow-based, Argyll International is a low carbon energy company specialising in energy performance certificates, carbon management and future fuels. The company registered on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website in November 2008 and has been awarded a contract with Scottish Enterprise. It is currently bidding for a further two contracts in the NHS.