Public Procurement

So you went to Meet the Buyer, what next?

November 26, 2019 by No Comments | Category Best practice, contracts, framework agreements, Meet the Buyer, Procurement news, Public Contracts Scotland, SMEs, Supplier Development Programme, suppliers

We delivered yet another successful Meet the Buyer event this November. Now the question on everyone’s mind is: “What next?”

Over 1,100 attendees made face-to-face contact with public sector buyers. You learned about upcoming contract and framework opportunities. You heard terms like ‘forward plan’ and ’Public Contracts Scotland’. Now you’re buzzing with new found information and leads. Now you can turn to the Supplier Development Programme to help you bid better and to learn how to become ’tender ready’.

We offer a wide range of free training. Increasingly, public bodies work with us to align training to upcoming tender opportunities. Here’s a few examples:

Tender training for Police Scotland Deceased Persons contract

The Scottish Police Authority and Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service will soon release a tender for a framework for the uplift and transportation of deceased persons. To support SMEs in bidding for this opportunity, we are providing three free tender training sessions:

  • Inverness in December for the Highlands and Islands
  • Glasgow in January 2020 for the West of Scotland
  • Perth, also in January 2020, for the East of Scotland

2.2. Finding and understanding framework opportunities and South Ayrshire Council Taxi Service framework

Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business. However, it’s essential to understand the agreement. Scheduled for 10 December, this workshop will introduce the South Ayrshire Council Taxi Service framework opportunity and explain how to apply.

Webinar: Glasgow City Region City Deal Cenefits training for suppliers

Suppliers of City Deal contracts to the eight Glasgow City Region (GCR) Councils can take part in this free webinar on 10 December. It will teach how to use the Cenefits online application. The application simplifies and enhances the monitoring, reporting and management of the delivery of community benefits under all of its GCR City Deal contracts.

From now until the end of 2019, there are 24 events (and counting!) listed on the SDP website that Scottish-based SMEs and supported businesses can register to attend. They include a mix of training events, webinars and local Meet the Buyer events. What are you waiting for? Take your next steps with us for the year end and put your best foot forward in 2020.


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