Scotland’s procurement regime under the spotlight at new events

Faithful+Gould’s UK Breakfast Seminar Series kicks off in Edinburgh with the Scottish launch of the new Pagabo Framework

Global project and programme management consultancy Faithful+Gould has kicked off a national series of breakfast seminars by hosting a discussion at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa on the launch of a new procurement framework in Scotland.
The firm, which has an office in Edinburgh’s Canning Street, looked at the advantages of the new Pagabo framework, as well as procurement implications and law post-Brexit, with input from lawyer Douglas McLachlan, who is a partner at Anderson Strathearn Solicitors.
McLachlan, who recently confirmed the suitability of the Pagabo framework for use in Scotland, is one of only five solicitors in the country to be accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in EU Public Procurement Law.
Speaking at the event, he highlighted Scotland’s current procurement regime and the range of possible impacts depending on the type of Brexit that is negotiated ranging from a Hard Brexit, through a Grey Brexit to a Soft Brexit.
He also detailed the Free Trade Agreements for countries such as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. He felt, however, that Scotland had a well-developed public procurement regime and that in the short term there would be minimal change.
The talk follows Faithful+Gould recent appointment as the sole provider – under Lot 1 – of the Pagabo Professional Services in Construction and Premises.
Edinburgh office director Paul Sherry, along with fellow directors Ian Plant and Sandra Cummings, discussed the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) compliant, direct-route-to-market framework and how it could benefit Scottish clients and the local supply chain.
Pagabo chairman Gerard Toplass was also at the event to provide an overview of the Pagabo service provision and the ways in which it helps with the commission of a full range of works across a multitude of services.
He said: “It was a great opportunity to explain to Scottish clients and the supply chain how the Pagabo frameworks can be accessed, their simplicity, flexibility and why they deliver such value for money.
“Currently, procurement in the UK can be a very bureaucratic experience and I believe that our suite of Pagabo construction and professional services frameworks removes much of the bureaucracy and red tape. They also promote the use of SMEs, and we are very keen that they take advantage of this as it ensures that their skills are implemented in the most effective way.”
The Edinburgh event is the first in a series taking place in major UK cities, with the next one scheduled for Glasgow in the New Year.
Sherry said: “Our first seminar was a real success and well-received by our public sector clients and partners.
“We will be undertaking similar events across the country where we will be looking at the framework and specific issues and opportunities for the individual cities, regions and members of the local supply chain.”
To secure an invitation for the Glasgow event, email Paul Sherry at paul.sherry@fgould.com