Islands Deal Opportunities

Islands Deal Opportunities

A priority for the Islands Growth Deal, is to seek to maximise the retention of Islands Deal investment within the local economy, and the benefits which accrue to local suppliers, workforce, and the wider community from the Islands Deal funding over the 10-year period.

The Islands Deal programme has an estimated value of £293 million and will involve the procurement of a range of goods and services over the 10-year period of the Islands Deal.

There are a variety of Project Lead organisations (public sector, private sector, academic, community businesses, etc.) involved in the Islands Deal. Procurement processes will be led by each Grant Recipient in line with their own policies, procedures, and procurement regulations.

A number of Islands Deal contract opportunities, are anticipated to be advertised and awarded by through Public Contracts Scotland, and registration on the PCS portal is recommended.

Support for island businesses to bid for and win contracts.

SMEs and Third Sector organisations interested in bidding for and winning public sector contracts can access free training and extensive support from the Supplier Development Programme. The Supplier Development Programme runs a series of helpful workshops and events and has put together a Suppliers Guide to the Islands Growth Deal

The Supplier Development Programme are running a Webinar, in partnership with the Islands Growth Deal on Tuesday 5th March 2-3:30pm. For further information or registration for the webinar can be found here.

Approach to Procurement

Project Leads have been asked to consider the following principles when planning procurement for any Islands Deal funded project and to incorporate these, as appropriate and considering local market capability, into specification, design, tender and contract management. 

  • Responsive and innovative approaches to procurement
  • Open, fair, and legally compliant procurement processes
  • Maximising Community Benefit from each contract
  • Supporting Fair Working practices
  • Accelerating the transition to net zero

If you would like further information about any of the Islands Deal projects, please contact us.