Meet the Buyer

Meet the Buyer 2023

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Venue:Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Lennox Suite
The Exchange
150 Morrison St
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Wednesday 17 May 2023


Scotland is open for business. Join us for Scotland's largest Meet the Buyer event!

Whatever the size of your business, you will meet procurement teams, buyers and supply chains to learn about upcoming projects and tender opportunities locally, nationally within Scotland and right across the UK, at Meet the Buyer 2023!

Now in its 14th annual year, Scotland's national Meet the Buyer event is taking place as a fully in-person event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 17 May 2023.

A national event with a local buying focus

This free event gives suppliers unprecedented access to buyers and decision makers from across the public and private sectors. You'll have the chance to introduce your company, talk to the key contacts and find out about what tenders and projects buyers have in the pipeline for local businesses for the supply of materials, goods, and services.

In addition, your business can meet with larger trade and construction contractors that are connected to public sector projects. These primary contracts want to support you, as a local business, to get into their supply chains and Community Wealth Building opportunities related to 'project delivery on site'.

So, even if you don't think you work in a particular sector, but your small business can provide peripheral products and services nearby - for example, MOTs, food and drink, cleaning services, security services, local B&Bs, grounds maintenance, for example - you can't afford to miss out on the chance to connect at Meet the Buyer 2023.

Exciting panels, speakers and get "tender ready"

Be sure to augment your time between unlimited in-person networking and joining in with the conversation during the formal agenda. Speakers and panels are being formed and will be announced soon.

Did you know that Meet the Buyer is a golden opportunity for SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations to get "tender ready" too? You'll learn from SDP's expert trainers top tips on how to bid via Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tender, and new this year, Contracts Finder!

You'll only know if you go...

Attendance is key. If you don’t sign up for this free event in advance of the day, you will be missing a fantastic opportunity to introduce your business to Scottish local authorities, framework providers, and big contractors.

Meet the Buyer 2023 is aimed at all micro, small and medium size organisations from across Scotland. Wherever you are based, and however big your business is, there is something useful to be found at this national Meet the Buyer event!

Book your free place now!

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If your business can attend just one event this year, make it Meet the Buyer 2023! All suppliers, especially micro, small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises, are eligible to attend for free and must register an account with SDP to book a place.

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Top Tip: This event is expected to be very busy. Peak times are in the morning, and there will be queues at each exhibition stand. Suppliers are asked to plan your day in advance and consider attending in the afternoon to avoid the largest crowds.

Who's Exhibiting?

Headline Partners include:

Premium Partners include:

Confirmed Scottish Local Authorities include:

All 32 Scottish Local Authorities are full members of the Supplier Development Programme.

Other Confirmed SDP Membership Organisations include:

Other Public Sector Exhibitors include:

Community Wealth Building (Supply Chain) Organisations include:

UK Public Sector Organisations include:

Business Support Exhibitors include:

Other Confirmed Exhibitors include:

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