The current marketing services framework agreement was due to end on 30 September 2012, after running since 1 January 2009.
However, the Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate has extended the contract by six months, to allow time for the current tender process.
Scottish Procurement Directorate’s Alastair Dougall told C&IT that the current tender process could include live pitches for the first time.
He added that as the framework is used by all Scottish public bodies, it has "the potential" to be extensive, although noted "there is no guarantee of any business" for successful suppliers.
The marketing services framework covers seven lots: events management; marketing communications; public relations; digital; research; design; and direct marketing.
Incumbent suppliers for the events management lot, which have been appointed to the six-month extension are:
- Rocket Exhibitions & Events
- BIP Solutions
- Holyrood Communications
- Speakeasy Productions
- Sound And Vision AV
- Think Different Events
- Meeting Makers
- Extreme Exhibitions
- Stark Events
- SHSC Events