Potential suppliers

The Procurement purpose is to procure goods and services to meet business objectives whilst contributing to SSE’s sustainable growth in profits.

We will continue to apply best value and prudence, whilst flexibly and timeously supporting our growth plans within both new and changing markets. Our aim is to be recognised as providing a frontier utility procurement service.

To enable us to support our businesses, we have procurement teams throughout the country based in Perth, Glasgow, Reading, Fiddlers Ferry, Ferrybridge, Reading and Havant.

More information can be found in the links below.

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The Living Wage

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We are the first Utility in the UK to gain accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage Foundation believes that 'work should be the surest way out of poverty' and SSE agrees. As a result and with effect from 1 April 2013, all of our directly employed staff are paid at an hourly rate that is the same or better than the rates set by the Living Wage Foundation.

Prompt Payment

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As a Responsible Buyer of goods and services, SSE has signed up to the Prompt Payment Code.

Since signing up to the Prompt Payment Code, we have reduced our standard payment terms from nett monthly to nett 30 days. You can find out more about what the prompt payment code means for suppliers here.

Responsible procurement charter

Our Responsible Procurement Charter presents some basic principles for working with SSE.

SSE seeks to be a Responsible Buyer of goods and services. We set high standards to ensure that all our business is conducted ethically, sustainably and within the law. We also expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable local laws and regulations and to respect internationally recognised human and labour rights.

You can see the full Responsible procurement charter here.

Supplier Registration System

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The Supplier Registration System (SRS) provides suppliers with a single point to register their interest in supplying products and services to SSE.

SRS captures the supplier's data and assigns a risk level to the purchasing category of product and/or service that you are offering. The risk level then determines if you are providing a service on site which means that a Safety, Health, Environment and Quality audit will be required to be undertaken.

Only suppliers that are registered to the appropriate level for that purchasing category will be automatically invited to tender as an eligible supplier.

You can find out more in our Supplier Registration System guide.


SSE is committed to maximising the benefits and opportunities for local businesses and communities across the areas in which we operate and wish to promote local procurement where possible.

The Open4Business web portal allows us to provide visibility, regional and project specific business opportunities, and after the high successful introduction of the Highlands and Islands portal, the scheme is now being extended to the north of England through the Trans-Pennine portal.

These portals create a platform for us and our key contractors to post contract opportunities and increases visibility of our procurement process. Local suppliers can view and register for opportunities as a supplier and respond to notices free of charge.

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Carbon Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme

Achilles works with organisations to help them establish carbon reduction leadership within their organisations and across their supply chain.

As pressure from Government, investors and customers increase, credible actions need to be taken to tackle to the challenge of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Every business should be able to:

  • Measure, manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions against a credible standard; and
  • Engage with their supply chain to achieve an overall reduction in emissions

Achilles has developed a practical and proven approach to tackling emissions reduction. The approach is founded on three key principles:

  • Robust measurement;
  • Verified reductions; and
  • Collaboration with like-minded organisations

You can find out more at Achilles.co.uk.

General Terms and Conditions

You can view our general Terms and Conditions here.