The Supplier Development Programme
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.
Here are some upcoming events:
Wednesday, 22nd February 2023 – 10.00am – 4.00pm
South Lanarkshire Council, Almada Street, Hamilton.
Wednesday, 17th May 2023 – 10.00am – 4.00pm
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh.
Dates will be announced shortly
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.