Case Study: Public Food in Scotland

A pilot programme in Scotland on Public Procurement led to new opportunities and markets for Scottish SMEs.

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Project summary: 

This methodological case study explores a pilot programme in Scotland, UK, developed to encourage public procurement for local food and drink producers, leading to new opportunities and markets for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Project results: 

The process was designed to result in healthy, high nutritional value food which was 30% organic, 50% local produced and 75% unprocessed. All of these targets were exceeded.
•By 2012, £400,000 of contracts were awarded to local or rural SMEs. An independent survey of participants in the programme showed a high degree of satisfaction.