Meet the Buyer North 2023 Agenda

The Supplier Development Programme has announced a draft agenda for Meet the Buyer North, set to take place on 12 September at the Music Halls in Aberdeen.

Further speaker announcements will be added in due course.

Please note: This agenda is subject to change at any point, without notice.


10:30am Welcome by the Supplier Development Programme Chair

  • Welcome Address by SDP Chair, Fiona Conti and Christian Allard

10:40am Ministerial Address

  • Address by Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade

10:50am Aberdeen Shared Procurement Services: Doing business with Aberdeen City, Shire and Highland

  • Presentation by Melanie Mackenzie, Strategic Commercial Manager, Aberdeen City Council
  • Live Q&A session

11:10am Scottish Government - Commitment to supporting Scottish SME and the Third sector

  • Presentation by Nikki Archer, Deputy Director, Head of Procurement and Commercial Policy & Strategy, Scottish Government

11:30am Open discussion for SME and Third sector to ask the Panel questions on procurement

  • Panel set to include Nikki Archer, Fiona Conti and Gillian Cameron

11:45am Hub North Scotland: Opportunities in Aberdeen and beyond

  • Presentation by Ewen Fowlie, Operations Director, hub North Scotland

12:00pm How to Do Business With Balfour Beatty

  • Presentation by the Balfour Beatty team
  • Live Q&A Session.

12:30pm Lunch & Exhibition

1:00pm Aberdeen City Region Deal 

  • Presentation by Wendy Robertson, Digital Infrastructure and Smart City Lead, Aberdeen City Council

1:20pm Local Outcome Improvement Plan - Aberdeen City

  • Presentation by Allison Carrington, Chair of Aberdeen Prospers, SDS

1:40pm Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub: Growing a Hydrogen Economy in the Aberdeen City Region

  • Presentation by Kenzey Fordyce, Projects and Modifications Procurement Advisor, bp

2:00pm Discover Your Perfect Match: Find Your Ideal Food & Drink Wholesaler

  • Presentation by Colin Smith, Chief Executive, Scottish Wholesale Association

2:20pm Supplier Development Programme: Top Tips for Tendering

3:00pm Tendering with NHS Grampian

  • Presentation by Jennifer Yeomans, Deputy Head of Procurement, NHS Grampian

3:20pm Vote of Thanks and Close


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