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 2017-2018 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

  • STEM Education Rooms

    The Science Skills Academy (SSA) is a partnership project between Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the University of the Highlands and Islands, Skills Development Scotland and the Highland Council. Its mission is to ensure that young people in the Highlands and Islands are inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), are aware of the career opportunities in these sectors, and have the skills to enter into employment in the STEM areas.  The Science Skills Academy has secured £3M from the Scottish Government under the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal (CRD). It is intended that this money will establish and run the core team and five STEM rooms, providing inspirational STEM education to every young person in the Highland Council area. 

    HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide the requirements as outlined in the Scope of Requirements.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 15th January 2018.  Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

  • Oban a University Town Project Management Services

    Oban - a University Town (OaUT) is an ambitious multi-partner project. The Oban area is currently home to over 800 students and three Higher/Further Education campuses: The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Ballet West and Argyll College (which along with SAMS is a UHI partner). The ambition is to transition Oban from having places to study into a University Town and thus be more appealing to local school leavers, attract a diverse range of new students, and make sure that students have a great experience in Oban. In addition, the project aims to match further educational offerings to economic opportunities in the region.

    HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide the requirements as outlined in the Scope of Requirements.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 15th January 2018. Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland. 

  • SCALE Summer School 2018 + 2019

    The Scotland Can Do SCALE programme is an inclusive, high growth entrepreneurial education initiative led by three government agencies, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council (the Partners) with strong backing from the Scottish Government. Drawing on world leading educators and specialists, it is a highly ambitious and innovative programme which will place Scotland as a leader in innovation driven entrepreneurship.

    On behalf of the Partners, HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to deliver a residential Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School, whilst offering best value in the expenditure of public funds.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 17th January 2018. Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

  • Review of Cairngorm Ski Area Uplift Infrastructure

    HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to undertake a comprehensive, independent review of the uplift facilities at Cairngorm Mountain ski resort to determine the best way forward for potential reinvestment in the infrastructure including the long-term feasibility of redevelopment of Coire na Ciste. The review will significantly contribute to preparation of a 5-10 year long-term strategy for the ski area.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 10th January 2018. Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

  • Executive Entrepreneurship Masterclasses

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise provides a comprehensive but targeted suite of support to assist entrepreneurs accelerate their growth and scale up their businesses.   Executive Entrepreneurship is a core strand of assistance within HE’s new Entrepreneurship Programme 2017-20. 

    Arrangements are already in place for four elements of the Programme and this exercise relates to the 5th element - the provision of high quality, in-depth masterclasses  which will be critical to equip entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge to manage proactively their next phase of business growth.  

    The requirements are to provide executive education and support via a suite of masterclasses which are divided in to 4 Lots, all of which will be procured simultaneously, but under separate contract notices on PCS as follows:

    Lot 1 - Structured Steps in the Entrepreneur’s Journey
    Lot 2 - Creating and Maintaining Competitive Advantage
    Lot 3 - Strategic Marketing
    Lot 4 - Strategic Negotiations

    The businesses targeted for the masterclasses will predominantly be account managed by HIE and may have already attended executive education, workshops or other support for entrepreneurs. There may be some circumstances when the option to attend HIEs masterclasses will be made available to Scottish Enterprise (SE) clients, young  entrepreneurs or start-up businesses where, for example, this complements and adds value to other HIE or SE initiatives for entrepreneurs in their region.

    The deadline for submission of tenders for all Lots is 12 noon on 6th December 2017.

  • Energy Market Regulatory Advice Contract

    HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced consultant with specialist knowledge of the GB electricity system in a North Scotland context, to support its work on behalf of the energy industry in the Highlands and Islands.

    In order to continue our effectiveness in this role, specialist energy market policy & regulatory support is required.

    The deadline for submission of tenders was 12 noon on 21st November 2017.  Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.
  • Design and Build at Orkney Research and Innovation Campus

    This Design & Build contract is for works at the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) and will require demolition, refurbishment and new construction at the site of the old Stromness Academy and Primary School.

    The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 25th October 2017. Further information can be found on Public Contracts Scotland

Contract awards

  • Property Managing Agent

    HIE has now completed this tender exercise and is delighted to announce that the successful supplier is Graham + Sibbald.

  • Research, Appraisal and Support Framework

    HIE have now completed these tender exercises and are delighted to announce that the successful suppliers, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

    Lot 1 Finance and Technical Support
    Ekos Ltd
    Hall Aitken Associates Ltd

    Lot 2 Project Development, Appraisal and Review

    Cambridge Economic Associates Ltd
    Centrifuge Consulting Ltd
    Ekos Ltd
    Ekos Consulting (UK) Ltd (t/a ekosgen)
    Frontline Consultants Ltd
    Steve Westbrook

    Lot 3 Research
    Ashbrook Research & Consultancy Ltd
    Ekos Ltd
    Ekos Consulting (UK) Ltd (t/a ekosgen)
    Frontline Consultants Ltd
    IFF Research Ltd
    Market & Opinion Research International Limited
    The Indigo House Group Ltd

Supplier opportunities

  • Meet the Buyer North

    The Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

    The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) in partnership with various local and national public authorities are considering holding a joint Meet the Buyer event in Inverness, in September 2018.  This free event would be in addition to the annual Meet the Buyer event held in the central belt, thus offering suppliers in the Highlands and Islands access to local authority and government buying organisations, alongside other areas of business support.

    This day would include an exhibition, where suppliers can meet buyers who are looking to engage with businesses interested in potential contract opportunities in the North of Scotland from across the public and private sector; giving you a chance to meet representatives from local and national public bodies and raise the profile of your business.

    SDP will also run a number of tender training courses during the day, providing training and support to assist you in finding, preparing and winning public sector contracts.
    We welcome your notification of areas of interest at this event via our survey

    Please respond by 19th February 2018

  • Support for Community-led Organisations - Prior Information Notice

    Supporting communities to deliver economic and social impacts is a central part of HIE’s approach to achieving sustainable inclusive growth across the Highlands and Islands. HIE’s support to date has been able to:

    • Substantially increase the capacity of local communities to undertake community-led development
    • Support communities to address market failure in service delivery, especially in more rural and remote areas
    • Develop income-generating assets.

    The Scottish Government’s increased focus on Inclusive Growth and Empowerment will enable more communities to benefit from acquiring assets and have a role in service design/delivery; this will create many new opportunities over the life time of this project. However, it is anticipated these new opportunities for communities will be more complex in nature and will operate in a more competitive funding environment, therefore organisations will require more support to enhance their capacity to take forward new opportunities and ensure their financial sustainability.

    HIE develops and implements support programmes which blend economic and social development. To ensure our support continues to meet the needs of our community clients we periodically undertake reviews and development new programmes. This project will enhance the support HIE provides mainly to Account Managed Communities and to smaller scale social enterprises.

    HIE have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in relation to the above.

    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 Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) and/or the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).  However, by issuing this PIN, HIE does not make any commitment to procure any of the stated services.

    In support of this exercise, HIE are holding a market engagement event at 10.30am on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at our main office in An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus, Inverness. There will also be facilities for joining this meeting, via a link up, at some of our area offices as detailed in the documentation in PCS.  In order to attend, interested parties must send the names of those attending (limited to max 2 per organisation) and the location you will be using, to  by noon on Tuesday 5th December using the title “SC PIN MARKET ENGAGEMENT DAY” in your email header.

    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.

  • 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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