Upcoming Procurement Events

Find out about upcoming procurement training events.

The Supplier Development Programme

Meet the Buyer 2024

Location: Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, G42 9BA

Date: Wednesday, 5th June 2024

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

The Meet the Buyer 2024 event aims to connect the local business base with senior procurers, decision-makers and influencers from across local and central government and the wider public sector. Exhibitors are by invitation only and bookings for exhibitions are fully managed by the Supplier Development Programme.

If you are a public sector buyer or a Tier 1 contractor and you wish to engage with a supply base for your upcoming contract opportunities, you can email info@sdpscotland.co.uk for more information on exhibiting at this event.

Unlike most exhibition events, the essence of exhibitions is to "meet the buyer" to promote your business's goods, services and works in a unique "reverse expo" set up on the day - i.e. the buyer hosts an exhibition space, and your business makes your way around to meet them face-to-face to introduce yourself and discuss upcoming opportunities.

If you are not a public sector buyer or a Tier 1 contractor, and you want to take an exhibition at the Meet the Buyer 2024 event to raise your business's profile to buyers and suppliers in attendance, please note that you are advised to attend - for free - to "meet the buyer" on the day. Please register for free and follow SDP's easy steps to prepare for Meet the Buyer.

Download the 2024 Event Brochure

Helping you Bid Better

Each year, the Supplier Development Programme organises hundreds of training opportunities and events throughout Scotland which are all listed on their website – Events & Training | Supplier Development Programme (sdpscotland.co.uk)

You must register and log in to see which training and events you are eligible to book.

What is a Meet the Buyer event?

Meet the Buyer events are an opportunity for suppliers to introduce themselves to public sector buyers and private sector primary contractors to learn about new projects, contracts, framework opportunities and supply chain opportunities. For buyers, these events enable them to increase their pool of potential suppliers and widen their supply chains. Overall, Meet the Buyer events offer suppliers a great opportunity to network.

Whatever the size of a business, Meet the Buyer events are useful to attend when considering bidding for future contracting opportunities, as they are specifically designed to help suppliers with the tendering process. Meet the Buyer events can help suppliers understand what the buyers are looking for, introduce them to innovative goods, works and services, and can give suppliers insight on how bids are and will be evaluated from a procurement perspective. Meet the Buyer events also offer the opportunity to engage with business support initiatives, such as the Supplier Development Programme, local authority economic development representatives and Business Gateway representatives.

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