Meet the Buyer North 2021
7 September 2021
The Supplier Development Programme will hold the 4th Annual Meet the Buyer North virtually, as a fully online event on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 with headline partners, the Scottish Government and Scottish Procurement Alliance.
Meet the Buyer North 2021 will see online exhibitors from the public sector, private contractors and business support providers.
This free event affords suppliers that wish to do business in the North of Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands, unprecedented access to buyers and decision makers from across the public and private sectors, with the opportunity to raise your profile as a business and prepare for upcoming contract opportunities, all from the comfort of your own screen. Businesses will be able to meet procurement teams from local councils, alongside other public and private sector buying organisations, with additional exhibitors still being confirmed.
Exciting Speakers and Presentations
On behalf of the Supplier Development Programme Board, Diane Beattie, Moray Council Payments Manager and Fiona Conti, Strategic Procurement Manager at Aberdeenshire, City and Highland Council Shared Procurement Service, will deliver a joint presentation to welcome attendees.
Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism & Enterprise is confirmed to deliver an opening address, subject to Parliamentary business.
The Scottish Procurement Alliance will also deliver a presentation which will be of particular interest to micro and small businesses based in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council, as well as other businesses in the North of Scotland.
Click on the Power of Procurement Stage and the Let's Do Net Zero Stage to access a packed agenda with speakers throughout the day on hot topics in the North of Scotland such as Growth Deals, Community Wealth Building strategies, the Climate Change emergency in public sector procurement, Fair Work First, how to bring innovation to the public sector, the implications of Brexit, and importantly, COVID-19 economic recovery plans with links to sustainable, open and transparent procurement. Speakers and other staff will be available to answer questions in live Q&A sessions, and you will also hear about top tips for tendering from the Supplier Development Programme.
This is the second year in a row that this event will be held as a virtual event - and 90% of Scottish SMEs and supported businesses were more likely to bid for public sector contracts after attending last year's virtual event.
Non-SME suppliers are also eligible to attend and must register an account with SDP to book a place.
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Scottish Procurement Alliance
Aberdeen City Council
Argyll and Bute Council
Dundee City Council
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Social Security Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Zero Waste Scotland
Scottish Government Procurement
Scottish Government Procurement Support for Suppliers
Scottish Government Cyber Security Procurement Support Tool
Supplier Development Programme
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire
Business Gateway Tayside
Living Wage Scotland
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd
Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)
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