If you have identified that your organisation has a new procurement requirement (that cannot be met by reusing or recycling existing goods or services, or by using an existing contract), you should seek quotations from a minimum of three suppliers. These suppliers should have the experience and expertise to meet your requirements.
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To receive three quotes back from suppliers, you may wish to approach four or five suppliers in case not all respond.
Potential suppliers may be identified by searching the register of suppliers on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS). This website offers a 'Quick Quote' system to seek quotations from suppliers registered on the website.
If your Organisation does not use PCS, potential suppliers may be identified by other means e.g. using internet searches, trade publications or phone directories.
If you are unable to identify three suppliers, you should refer to the guidance in Route 2. If you need further information or guidance on this you should contact your local procurement team or Centre of Expertise.
You should try to not restrict your selection to existing suppliers, but include new suppliers for each procurement exercise This will:
If only one supplier can undertake the work required, you should contact your local procurement team, senior management or your Centre of Expertise for advice. One possible option they may propose is to seek approval for a Non-Competitive Action (NCA) from your local procurement team or senior management. You should then follow the remainder of this process. For commercial reasons, you should not inform the supplier that they are the only supplier involved in the process.
Before carrying on, please check you've got everything you need.
Please ensure that you: