Meet the Buyer 2021 Agenda

10DR on Stage

The Supplier Development Programme has announced the draft agenda for Meet the Buyer 2021 to be held virtually on 8 June. The virtual portal and exhibitions will be open to all registered suppliers from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

If you miss a presentation, many of the presentations listed in this agenda will be available within the virtual portal as "on-demand" videos, with the exception of "live Q&A" sessions as denoted. The final films will be available on the SDP YouTube Channel following the conclusion of the event, so be sure to 'subscribe'!

The agenda is subject to change at any point, without notice.

Agenda

9:00am Virtual Exhibitors Login/Arrive

10:00am Meet the Buyer 2021 Opens

  • Keynote Address by SDP Chair, Councillor Heather Brannan-McVey

10:10am Ministerial Address (Subject to Parliamentary Business)

  • Welcome from Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism & Enterprise

There will be three themed virtual stages at Meet the Buyer 2021, each with a slightly different timetable, with in-built time for visiting the virtual Exhibit Hall. Please click each title below for more information.

Inclusive Growth Stage

10:15am The City of Edinburgh Council: Meet the "Real" Buyer

  • Address by Stephen Moir, Director of Resource
  • Live Q&A Session
    • Iain Strachan, Chief Procurement Officer at The City of Edinburgh Council
    • Paula McLeay, Policy and Insight Senior Manager at The City of Edinburgh Council

10:45am The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and Capital City Partnership

  • Presentation by Rona Hunter, CEO of Capital City Partnership
  • Live Q&A Session
    • Graeme Rigg, Senior Programme Officer at The City of Edinburgh Council
    • Rona Hunter, CEO of Capital City Partnership
    • Andy Nichol, ‎Programme Manager (PMO) Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal
    • Julia Laidlaw, Estates Development Manager at University of Edinburgh
    • Jamie Robertson, Strategic Transport Manager at The City of Edinburgh Council

11:30am Visit Exhibition Stands

12:00pm How to Do Business with The City of Edinburgh Council

  • Presentation by Iain Strachan, Chief Procurement Officer
  • Live Q&A Session
    • Iain Strachan, Chief Procurement Officer at The City of Edinburgh Council
    • Lynette Robertson, Commercial and Procurement Delivery Manager at The City of Edinburgh Council

12:30pm Helping You Bid Better: Live Q&A Panel with the Supplier Development Programme

  • Address by Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager
  • Live Q&A Session with SDP's Expert Trainers

2:00pm Glasgow City Region City Deal

  • Address by Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council
  • Address by Kevin Rush, Director for Regional Economic Growth

2:10pm Launch of Glasgow City Region City Deal Contract Pipeline

  • Presentation by Dorothy Balfour, Category Manager at North Lanarkshire Council
  • Live Q&A Session
    • Dorothy Balfour, Category Manager at North Lanarkshire Council
    • Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager
    • Anita Jane Smith, Legacy Officer, Glasgow City Region PMO
    • Colette Keaveny, Communication and Marketing Manager, Glasgow City Region PMO

2:20pm Glasgow City Region City Deal: Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside Project

  • Presentation by Jim Armour, Contracts Manager, Graham Construction
  • Live Q&A Session with Renfrewshire Council and Graham Construction
    • Rebecca Park, City Deal and Infrastructure Team Category Manager at Renfrewshire Council
    • Jim Armour, Contracts Manager, Graham Construction
    • Dylan Rae, Procurement Manager at Graham Construction
2:45pm Glasgow City Region City Deal: Former Exxon Mobil Fuel Depot at Milton Development
  • Presentation by Robin Abram, Capital Projects Manager at West Dunbartonshire Council
  • Live Q&A Session with West Dunbartonshire Council
    • Robin Abram, Capital Projects Manager
    • Michael McGuinness, Economic Development Manager
    • Angus Cameron, Strategic Procurement
    • Andrew Duncan, Senior Procurement Officer
3:15pm Glasgow City Region City Deal: Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure Development
  • Presentation by Jonathan Speed, Senior Project Manager at North Lanarkshire Council
  • Live Q&A Session with North Lanarkshire Council
    • Jonathan Speed, Senior Project Manager
    • Dorothy Balfour, Category Manager

Sustainability and Innovation Stage

10:15am Scotland Excel: "It’s your world – take control"

It’s 2021: the world is dealing with a Global Pandemic, Global Warming is becoming an ever increasing threat, and we are based in Scotland, where we have seen snow in May. This presentation has been designed to appeal to suppliers who are also interested in making a difference within Scotland and will include some key priorities of public procurement, focusing on climate change with local sourcing being key to building stronger communities and encouraging economic recovery.

  • Presentation by Lesley Richard, Scotland Excel Strategic Procurement Manager
  • Followed by Live Q&A with Suppliers
    • Panel representatives from Scotland Excel will cover areas of Fleet, Construction, and Corporate Services
    • Lesley Richard
    • Grant Montgomery
    • Kelly Nugent
    • Stefano Ferracuti

10:45am Visit the Exhibitions

12:30pm Helping You Bid Better: Live Q&A Panel with the Supplier Development Programme

  • Address by Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager

1:00pm Visit the Exhibitions

2:00pm How to Do Business with Fife and Tayside

  • Presentation by Fife Council, Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Perth & Kinross Council
  • Followed by Live Q&A with all four local authorities
    • Fife Council - Caroline MacDonald, Procurement Service Manager and Derek Hamilton, Category Manager
    • Perth and Kinross Council - Lynzi Stewart, Senior Procurement Officer
    • Angus Council - Mark Allan, Procurement & Commissioning Manager
    • Dundee City Council - Karen Lawson, Corporate Procurement

2:45pm BASE: "Scotland's Supported Businesses at the Heart of Scotland's Social & Economic Recovery"

Through the Scottish Government's Sustainable Procurement Duty, Scotland's supported businesses can create sustainable employment opportunities for disabled people across Scotland. Learn more about this important topic from BASE Scotland during Meet the Buyer 2021.

  • Address by Alistair Kerr, Chair of BASE Scotland Region
  • Followed by Live Q&A with Suppliers

3:15pm PfH Scotland’s EESSH2 Framework

Suppliers can gain early insight into the upcoming Energy Efficiency Framework in Social Housing (EESSH) Framework with PfH Scotland, including Lots in Consultancy, On Gas Servicing, Off Gas Servicing, Heating Installations, Renewables, and Whole House Retrofit which includes areas of work like EWI, IWI, Roofing Insulation, Flooring Insulation, Primary Heating, Secondary Heating, Renewables, Glazing, Door Insulation, Windows, and more! Please note: this is an early engagement information session and all suppliers are encouraged to register early for a free Talking Tenders with PfH Scotland webinar with the Supplier Development Programme on 29 June to learn about the specifics of this upcoming framework opportunity.

  • Address by Chris McGinn, Commercial Manager and James Lines, Senior Buyer.
  • Followed by Live Q&A with Suppliers

Community Wealth Building (Supply Chain) Stage

10:15am Joining the Robertson FM Supply Chain

  • Presentation by Robertson FM
  • Followed by Live Q&A with Suppliers
    • Shona Dunsmore, Robertson FM
    • Gemma Gourley, Robertson FM
    • Martin Dick, Robertson FM
    • Graeme Hannah, Robertson FM
    • Callum Macdonald, Robertson FM

11:30am Kype Muir Wind Farm

  • Presentation by Banks Group and RJ McLeod
  • Followed by Live Q&A with Suppliers
    • Robin Winstanley, Banks Group
    • Christina McKitrick, RJ McLeod CSR Manager
    • Lorcan Hayes, RJ McLeod

12:00pm Visit the Exhibitions

12:30pm Helping You Bid Better: Live Q&A Panel with the Supplier Development Programme

  • Address by Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager
  • Followed by a Live Q&A with SDP's expert trainers

1:00pm Visit the Exhibitions

2:00pm Soil Association & Scotland Excel: "Local and Sustainable Sourcing in Scotland’s School Meals - How can suppliers get involved?"

  • Lucie Wardle, Soil Association Scotland Food For Life Supply Chain Officer
  • Laura Muir, Scotland Excel Senior Procurement Specialist
  • Followed by Live Q&A with Suppliers

2:45pm STV Green Fund #FoodHeroScot Campaign: Showcasing Innovation and Creativity of Scotland’s Food and Drink Sector

Have you heard about the campaign aimed at putting sustainability at the heart of Scotland's recovering Food and Drink sector, backed by the STV Green Fund? Learn more about the competition - which has a total prize fund of £250,000 worth of in-kind support services - and how the story of your business making an impact through a commitment to people, community and planet can be showcased.

  • Presentation by Lee Fitzpatrick, Outlaw Social
  • Followed by Live Q&A Session with Businesses

4:00pm Meet the Buyer 2021 Closes

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Learn more about headline partners: The Scottish Government and Scotland Excel, a spotlight on the Glasgow City Region City Deal section of the agenda, 'must see' exhibitors at Meet the Buyer. Remember to book your place at Meet the Buyer 2021!

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