Working with HIE


As a public sector organisation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise's (HIE's) procurement activity is guided by legislation and best practice, with the route being determined by the potential total value of the contract. Find out more >

Our Procurement Strategy for 2018-2021 sets out our procurement objectives and an action plan. It aims to ensure that the wider requirements of the public procurement reform agenda are adhered to. We have developed our strategy in line with local and national priorities to support our corporate aims and objectives.

We are keen to receive comments, observations or suggestions from external parties about the content of the Strategy.

Please email your views and comments to Please provide details of whether you are responding as a member of the public, member of staff, contractor, industry body or otherwise. This will help to provide context to the responses.

Invitations to tender


  • An Lòchran Facilities Management (3 lots)

    An Lòchran is a multi-occupied site within the Inverness Campus, under shared ownership between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Scottish Rural College (SRUC) is also a tenant within the building. The contracts will be managed by HIE on behalf of UHI and SRUC.

    An Lòchran’s current facilities management requirements are divided into 3 Lots, each procured under separate Contract Notices, see links below:

    Lot 1 – Cleaning Services
    Lot 2 – Reception and Security Services
    Lot 3 – Planned Preventative Maintenance and Reactive Maintenance

    Deadline for submissions is 12 noon on 9th January 2019.

Contract awards

The following tender exercises have now been completed and the winning supplier/s are as follows:

  •  Open4Business Supply Chain Project

    - Inverness Chamber of Commerce

  • Digital Tourism Leader's Academy

    - Edinburgh Innovations

  • Leadership Programme

    - Lot 1 and Lot 2 - PeopleMatters Europe Limited 

  • Design Team Services for Phase 2 European Marine Science Park

    - Oberlanders Architects LLP


Supplier opportunities

  • UK Vertical Launch Project – Sutherland Prior Information Notice

    HIE have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) in relation to the above project.

    The UK Vertical Launch (UKVL) project seeks to create a new facility in North Sutherland to launch rockets and their payloads into orbit. If built on schedule, it could become the first orbital space launch facility in continental Europe. The project has been part-funded by the UK Space Agency with the remainder coming from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and potentially other partners. It is anticipated that the facility will host two initial launch service providers (LSPs) who are Orbital Express and Lockheed Martin. Commonly, spaceports are built and operated by national governments. However, a unique feature of this facility is that it will be run commercially, with a model that is open and flexible to many potential LSPs.

    The purpose of the PIN is to gauge market interest in a potential future contract opportunity and inform HIE’s procurement strategy.

    The Notice is not a Call for Competition.  Any future contract opportunities related to this requirement may be published on PCS and/or OJEU.  However, by issuing this Request for Information (RFI), HIE does not make any commitment to procure any of the stated services.

    No tender documentation is available at this time.

    Further details on this exercise, the process and the associated documentation can be obtained by registering an interest in the PIN on PCS and downloading the relevant documentation.

    Interested parties should note that all queries relating to this PIN must be raised via PCS by 12 noon on Monday 17th December 2018 with completed responses to the PIN being submitted to and received by 12 noon on Thursday 20th December 2018.

  • Public Contracts Scotland - This portal gives free access to contract opportunities in Scotland

    Find details of contracts with Scottish Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government, Agencies and NDPBs, Higher and Further Education and Emergency Services by browsing the available contracts. You can also register to receive free e-mail alerts.


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