Scottish public sector framework delayed for a third time

The Scottish Marketing Services Framework has been delayed for a third time, with the rosters expected to have been originally delivered in March.

This was delayed until 10 April, before

/news/2013/04/10/scottish-marketing-services-framework-delayed-second-time-following-appeals">being postponed again, with the Scottish Government saying that the rosters were expected to be released at midnight on 17 March (today).

However, a Scottish Government spokesperson has told The Drum: “The standstill period has been extended until midnight on Wednesday 24 April 2013 to address tenderers queries.”

Newhaven failed to make the advertising roster and is understood to be seeking legal advice along with various other agencies.

Only those who failed to make the framework roster have been supplied with the list of successful agencies for the area they tendered for. The end date for the current roster is 30 April.

Scotland's public bodies spend over £9bn each year on procurement, with Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) revealing yesterday that in 2012, 80 per cent of these went to SMEs.

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