Scottish Government's national procurement advertising service grows.
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.
PCS figures show that 80 per cent of 13,308 suppliers awarded contracts through the online service in 2012 were based in Scotland.
The statistics also demonstrate that 68 per cent of contracts were awarded to Scottish-based small or medium sized companies (SMEs), a rise of 12 per cent since 2010.
Ms Sturgeon said 'As these statistics illustrate, public sector contracts are of great significance to Scottish businesses and play an important role in building a wealthier and more successful nation. Last year saw substantial changes to Public Contracts Scotland that will further improve and simplify the ways businesses deal with the public sector. It is testament to the improvements made that we are now in a position where more small companies in Scotland than ever before are winning business with the Scottish public sector.'