Meet the Buyer 2023 Agenda

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The Supplier Development Programme has announced the draft agenda for Meet the Buyer 2023 to be held on 17 May at the EICC. The exhibitions will be open to all registered suppliers from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

There will be two Stages:

  • The Power of Procurement Stage will be located in the Main Exhibition Hall.
  • The UK Department for Transport Stage will be located within the UK Department for Transport Zone.

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

Note: Please click below on the Power of Procurement Stage tab, or the UK Department for Transport Stage tab, which will expand to allow viewing of the agenda for each stage.


Power Of Procurement Stage

10:30am Welcome by the Supplier Development Programme Chair

  • Welcome Address by SDP Chair, Councillor Peter Henderson

10:40am Ministerial Address

  • Address by Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance, Scottish Government

11:00am Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding: Supplier Development Programme & Scotland Excel

11:10am Scotland Excel: Public Procurement, a New Beginning

  • Presentation by Stephen Brannagan, Director of Customer & Business Services
  • Live Q&A Session

11:40am An Introduction to the NHS Circular Economy Programme

  • Presentation by Wendy Rayner, Head of NHS Circular Economy Programme: Directorate for Health Finance, Corporate Governance & Value
  • Live Q&A Session

12:00pm How to Do Business with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

  • Presentation by Chris Sanderson MCIPS, Head of Procurement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Live Q&A Session

12:30pm Scottish Hydrogen Supply Chain Opportunities

  • Presentation by Jamie Robinson, Hydrogen Specialist, Scottish Enterprise Low Carbon Transition Team
  • Live Q&A Session

12:40pm Social Security Scotland - Building for speed and longevity with OutSystems High-Performance Low-Code

  • Presentation by Roy Goonewardena, Solution Architect Director UKI, OutSystems
  • Live Q&A Session

1:00pm Open Data: Scottish Government & Elcom

  • Presentation by Julie Connelly, Senior eCommerce Specialist, Procurement Management Information Branch
  • Live Q&A Session

1:20pm Moving Beyond Procurement Data

Suppliers can learn more technical detail on joint work between the Scottish Government and Elcom, and how it all works - beyond procurement data!

  • Presentation by Grant Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Elcom
  • Live Q&A Session

1:40pm BASE UK: Supported Employment in Scotland's Businesses

  • Presentation by Alistair Kerr, Director and Chair of BASE Scotland Network
  • Live Q&A Session

1:50pm The City of Edinburgh Council: Shared Outcomes and Joint Working

Suppliers can learn about priorities for Edinburgh, overcoming challenges, and how the City plans to address these by working with communities, public, private, and third sector organisations.

  • Presentation by Lynette Robertson, Interim Head of Commercial and Procurement Services, The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Live Q&A Session
2:10pm Supplier Development Programme: Top Tips for Tendering

3:00pm Scottish Procurement Alliance: Upcoming Public Sector Framework Opportunities

  • Presentation by Heather O'Donnell, Technical Support Manager, Scottish Procurement Alliance
  • Live Q&A Session

3:10pm Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland: Cyber Exercise in a Box for Every Business

  • Presentation by Jude McCorry, CEO, Cyber Fraud Centre-Scotland

3:20pm Vote of Thanks and Close

UK Department for Transport Stage

11:00am Welcome by the UK Department for Transport

  • Address `by Mark Phillips, Head of Commercial Lifecycle Assurance, Assurance and Supply Chain Management, Group Commercial Directorate, Department for Transport

11:15am Keynote from the Commercial Function Leadership Group SME Sponsor

  • Keynote Address by Paul Rodgers, Commercial Director, UK Department for Transport

11:30am Keynote from the SME Crown Representative

  • Keynote Address by Martin Traynor OBE, Cabinet Office SME Crown Representative

11:45am Commercial Policy Update

  • Presentation by Ian Edwards, Head of Commercial Strategy, Strategy, Policy and Capability, Group Commercial Directorate, UK Department for Transport

12:00pm Perceived Barriers for SMEs: Open Discussion

  • Open to the floor

12:15pm How to Win Work in the Supply Chain

  • Presentations by Clara Matty, AECOM, UK Department for Transport's Strategic Suppliers

12:30pm Who's who: An Introduction to UK Organisations and Buyers

  • Learn who to look for in the crowd from HS2 Ltd, NR, NH, CCS, DfT, FCDO, SCSS, RIA, Strategic Suppliers
12:45pm - 4:00pm Open Networking Session


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