The PCS procurement app will give access to contract notices as they are posted, enabling businesses to cash in on the public sector market, which is worth £9 billion annually.
The app works with Apple iPhones and iPads, and there are plans to roll it out to other mobile phone models.
Working alongside the PCS portal, both of which are free of charge, the technology is designed to make public sector purchasing more efficient.
The PCS portal is part of the Scottish Government’s Public Procurement Reform Programme which aims to drive up standards in public sector procurement.
Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said at the National Procurement Conference in Glasgow: “Driving forward efficiency in public sector procurement enables the delivery of improved public services at a reduced cost, and has a direct impact on the Scottish economy.
“The portal, and now the PCS app, make contract opportunities even more accessible to suppliers; are helping to make public sector procurement more transparent and competitive; and play key roles in achieving efficiency improvements,” Sturgeon added.
PCS acknowledged that the app recognizes the importance of SMEs to the public sector. SMEs make up 80 percent of current suppliers and account for 40-50 percent of spend to contracting organizations across the country.
Edited by Abigail Phillips
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