Doing Business With the Council

West Lothian Council procures supplies, services and works to an approximate value of £220 million per annum. The council's Corporate Procurement Unit is a support service whose principal activity is to satisfy the council's procurement needs for supplies, services and works. Based at the Civic Centre, Livingston, a team of procurement professionals are able to assist with enquiries and offer procurement guidance and advice.

What is Public Procurement?

Public procurement is the process by which public bodies acquire goods, services and works from third parties to meet customer and service user needs. Procurement covers all activities from identification of a requirement through to the end of the useful life or disposal of an asset.

The council procures a diverse range of supplies, services and works. For example, stationery, electricity and even the construction of a new school.

All West Lothian Council contract opportunities are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS). PCS is provided by the Scottish Government and is designed to allow all business access to public sector contract opportunities in Scotland. Its use is free of charge and the council encourages all suppliers to register their details on PCS.
This page provides information on the Public Procurement Legislation within Scotland, the UK and the European Community, as well as the councils Standing Orders and Procurement Procedures.
The Corporate Procurement Unit provides support to satisfy the supply, service and works needs of West Lothian. We strive to gain efficiencies and savings for West Lothian citizens through the use of electronic and collaborative procurement opportunities and supporting sustainable development objectives.
This page provides information on the various supplier development initiatives available to businesses within West Lothian to increase their knowledge and understanding of procurement.
All West Lothian Council contract opportunities are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).
This page provides information on the Living Wage and West Lothian Council's commitment to encouraging suppliers to pay the Living Wage.
This page provides information on the most common terms and phrases used within the Corporate Procurement Unit.
Frequently asked questions received by the Corporate Procurement Unit.
West Lothian Council is committed to maximising Community Benefits from its procurement activities. This will be achieved through the inclusion of specific clauses within procurement contracts known as Community Benefit Clauses.
West Lothian Councils Corporate Procurement Unit is committed to providing high-quality customer service. We value all types of feedback and use the information to help us improve our services.
This page provides information on the various supplier payment methods currently used by West Lothian Council.
A number of changes to Public Procurement Rules take effect from 18 April 2016. These arise from the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and the EU Procurement Directives.