The Scottish Government has commissioned Blake Stevenson Ltd., an independent research company, to investigate the views and experiences of third sector organisations and new private sector companies in relation to public procurement in Scotland via an online survey which is open until 21 December.

The working definition of ‘third-sector organisations’ for the purposes of the research includes charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups. Your organisation, or organisations across your networks, may have recently bid for a public contract (either as the lead or as part of a consortium) or may have decided not to for a variety of reasons. In either of these cases, we are interested in your views and/or in the views of the organisations that you support.

In order to ensure that the survey attracts as many responses as possible, we would be really grateful if you could please promote the survey across your networks, through your social media channels, newsletters or any other ways in which you see fit.

Survey responses will be analysed by the researchers and will inform future development of the public procurement system in Scotland, ensuring that it is as inclusive as possible and that organisations can better access, compete for and deliver public contracts, so please do get involved and encourage your networks to get involved by sharing the link widely:

Click here to complete the survey before 21 December 2021

Some of you may have already been contacted by Blake Stevenson direct to request your help with this, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your positive engagement in the research project to date.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the researchers direct on 0131 667 2919 or alternatively you can contact Katie Forman by email on . To find out more about Public Procurement in Scotland, please visit

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