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

  • Orkney Stand Management

    HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to manage a professional Orkney presence at events attended by the industry groups each year based around a design concept that was put in place in 2017. The main requirements are as follows:

    - Stand creation, build and management of set up for each event.
    - Deconstruction of the stand and storage of materials where appropriate.

    The deadline for submssion of tenders is 12 noon on 11th April 2018.  Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

  • Support for Communities Framework
    The purpose of this exercise is to put in place arrangements which will provide HIE with access to external expertise to support community-led organisations to develop their capacity and deliver prioritised projects.

    This framework will provide an alternative means of providing a range of practical support (not advice already accessible via HIE's Framework for Growth and Development – Specialist Advice) as many community-led organisations lack the capacity or a particular skills set to progress an opportunity timeously.
    The types of support required have been categorised as Financial; Project Development; Project Delivery/Management and Procurement.

    The requirement is being divided into 6 Lots being procured under separate Notices and further information can be found as follows:

    1 - Lot 1 Inner Moray Firth & Moray
    2 - Lot 2 Argyll
    3 - Lot 3 Innse Gall
    4 - Lot 4 Orkney, Shetland and Caithness & Sutherland
    5 - Lot 5 Lochaber, Skye & Wester Ross
    6 - Lot 6 Performance Measurement (HIE wide).  Lot 6 is exempt from both The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 & is therefore being procured via a selective competitive process.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 29th March.

  • XpoNorth Digital

    HIE is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide support to creative industries businesses in a variety of digital-related topics. Rather than focus directly on producing new content, XpoNorth Digital will focus on innovation around the relationship between producer and consumer. This will give businesses the tools and capability to carry out faster and more effective R&D for themselves, by engaging more effectively with customers and therefore tailoring products and services more closely to their needs. By combining specialised support focusing on innovating in the space where producers and consumers interact and adopting digital solutions, businesses can increase their profitability, increase their profile, make more effective use of technology and develop exciting new business models.

    Should HIE’s application be successful for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme – Digital Story Tagging project, additional services will be required too.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 28th May 2018.  Further details can be found on Public Contract Scotland.

Contract awards

  • SCALE Summer School 2018 + 2019

    HIE has now completed this tender exercise and is delighted to announce the winning supplier is Future X Innovation Ltd. 

  • STEM Education Rooms

    HIE has now completed this tender exercise and is delighted to announce that the winning supplier is FIRST Scandinavia.

  • Orkney Research and Innovation Campus Strategic Advisory Support

    HIE has now completed this tender exercise and is delighted to announce that the winning supplier is Turnberry Consulting. 

  • Orkney Research and Innovation Campus Design and Build

    HIE has now completed this tender exercise and is delighted to announce that the winning supplier is R Clouston Ltd.

  • Landscaping Services - Caithness and Sutherland 

    HIE has now completed this tender exercise and is delighted to announce that the winning supplier is Messrs Donald MacDonald.

Supplier opportunities

  • Scottish Government Prior Information Notice ( PIN) - Reserved Commodities for Supported Businesses Framework

    Scottish Government have advertised a PIN for a new National Framework, reserved for Supported Businesses, for the supply of the undernoted Goods and services.

    The Framework will be available for use by the Scottish Public sector.

    This Prior Information Notice seeks to encourage notes of interest from Supported Businesses within the supply market. The intention is to engage with interested potential suppliers ahead of advert of a Framework with a duration of two years with an option of two one year extensions thereafter.

    The proposed engagement will include supplier day(s) to be held in the later part of April 2018.


  • Meet the Buyer North

    The Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

    The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) in partnership with various local and national public authorities have confirmed that a Meet the Buyer North event, will take place at the Kingsmills hotel, Inverness, on 5th September 2018. 

    To book your place follow this link:

  • 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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