Warning over public sector contract bids

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Scottish companies will be barred from bidding for public sector contracts if they are found to be linked to anyone convicted of bribery or serious organised crime.

The “guilt by association” legislation comes into effect on 1 May. According to anti-corruption training expert Sarah Dougan, a third party could be a supplier, a contractor, an agent or even a client, so it’s vital to understand the legislation and take steps to make sure a company is protected.

Dougan, managing director of the E-Security Exchange, said: “It’s imperative that companies conduct due diligence on their intermediaries, partners and agents.”