Save time and money... using consultants selected through the Buying Solutions framework.

Buying Solutions (Authority) is the national procurement partner for UK public services. It is the largest of over 40 professional buying organisations.

It’s role is to maximise value for money. It facilitates the buying process in a vast and complex marketplace and customers span Central Government Departments, NHS Trusts and local councils. The framework agreement will be available throughout the whole of the UK.

Hall Aitken work in partnership with Quadrant, a London-based consultancy firm. Quadrant is the prime contractor of a consortium specifically formed for the Buying Solutions framework. But you can get the services on offer from Hall Aitken through our relationship with Quadrant.

Public sector clients can benefit from using the Buying Solutions framework. They can avoid the cost and time that is inherent in an open tender. Buying solutions have estimated that users can save 77 days on average by by-passing pre-purchase stages.

The expertise of our consortium partners, all experienced in the requirements of the public sector, enables us to offer a complete service. We would welcome the opportunity to describe how this has worked well for others, and can make a difference for your organisation, staff, customers, communities and stakeholders. Our proposition is built around ensuring more impact for less cost by creating better policy outcomes that demonstrate immediate and enduring savings and efficiencies. We find uncomplicated and affordable ways for public sector clients to set policy and action plans.
The lot that we are offering support in includes sales, communications and marketing strategies, processes, plans and organisation. But in our experience the stated areas of lot are capable of flexible use by buyers and open to wider interpretation. It basically comes down to the buyer being comfortable that they will find a supplier who can respond to their needs.

Our service includes:

Evaluation and measurement for savings and efficiencies

Insight and Intelligence

  • Market mapping and segmentation
  • Customer insight and experience
  • Stakeholder and public consultations
  • Competency audits
  • Market intelligence and assessments
  • All forms of market research – quantitative, qualitative, deliberative
  • Data analysis and reporting


  • Business case
  • Organisation structure and design
  • Marketing and marketing communications plans

Delivery Support

  • Marketing resource management
  • Interim support
  • Partner and supplier selection
  • Skills and knowledge transfer


  • Marketing cost auditing and econometrics
  • Marketing – value for money analysis
  • Programme evaluation
  • Marketing campaign evaluation
  • Marketing mix optimisation
  • Investment appraisal

Main contact
David Gourlay

Hall Aitken
93 West George St
G2 1PB

0141 225 5511

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Any client/customer can speak with Customer Services at Buying Solutions. And they assist greatly in understanding which process to use confidently.

If a customer opts for the narrower 'Capability Assessment'.

Then the buyer can define how tight is the specification for any of the 9 bidders to get through.
Then, if only one is 'capable', then Buying Solutions permit a single supplier selection.

For clarity and confidence, a client can make direct:

  • Telephone Customer Service Desk on 0345 410 2222

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