Based in Fife, Keela employs 100 staff and is a leading technical outdoor brand and manufacturer of protective clothing and accessories for blue light emergency services around the world. From first registering with SDP Scotland in 2011, Keela has gone from strength to strength in winning public sector work. Amid supply issues of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with global demand for gloves and masks at unprecedented levels, a deal was agreed to manufacture more PPE for NHS Scotland in May 2020.
South Ayrshire Council participated in a planned takeover of SDP’s Twitter account during the Supplier Development Programme’s Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event on 2 June 2020. Suppliers were encouraged to follow the #MeetTheBuyer2020 hashtag and ask real time questions to the Procurement Team at South Ayrshire Council on the topic, “Exploring Quick Quotes.”
Established in 2002, Adamsons Drinks is an independent wholesale distributor of soft drinks, snacks and confectionery and employs 55 people in Central Scotland. With support from Business Gateway Fife’s Expert Help Programme, staff accessed free tender training through the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, Adamsons Drinks won its first ever public sector opportunity: a place on a Scotland Excel framework.
Jeni Halliwell runs a childminding business called “Jeni’s Rainbow Cubs” in Arbroath, Angus. Jeni took part in free SDP training on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 to prepare for an upcoming contract opportunity with Angus Council, which kicked off the first time the local authority has engaged with local childminders as sole traders to deliver its upcoming Quality Funded Early Learning and Childcare contract opportunity.
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