All events and training listings

Through our extensive list of training and events, the Supplier Development Programme can help small to medium sized businesses, as well as supported businesses, become what we call “tender ready”.

Listed in chronological order, the “Events List” is a comprehensive list of all SDP training, events and external events. Events can also be viewed by month in the “Events Calendar” tab. If you are interested in a specific course and wish to know when and where it is currently scheduled, please browse our courses and be sure to log in to book.

 

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Annual procurement reports and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014
Tuesday 28 September 2021, 10.30am-12:30pm
Webinar
Aimed at those within public bodies who will be involved in preparing an annual procurement report, this webinar will provide an update on the analysis of individual annual procurement reports for 2019-20 - the emerging highlights, opportunities and challenges. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the process, supporting guidance and template, as well as provide feedback and ask questions.
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Edible Edinburgh Business Breakfast
Wednesday 29 September 2021, 8.00-9:00am
Webinar External Event
Edible Edinburgh invites you to their 5th Business Breakfast on Food Procurement
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1.2 Using Public Contract Scotland - Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Website Development and Maintenance Tender
Wednesday 29 September 2021, 2.00-4:00pm
Webinar Partner Event
Join Highlands and Islands Enterprise to learn about an upcoming tender opportunity for the Website Development and Maintenance Tender.
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2.3 Understanding and Bidding - Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)
Thursday 30 September 2021, 10.00-11:30am
Webinar
New Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement. This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.
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1.1 Working with the Public Sector - All You Need to Know
Tuesday 5 October 2021, 11.00am-12:30pm
Webinar
What do you need to know about working with the public sector? This introductory module provides a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond and introduces the key concepts of tendering and procurement.
Scottish Government logo
Annual procurement reports and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014
Tuesday 5 October 2021, 1.30-3:30pm
Webinar
Aimed at those within public bodies who will be involved in preparing an annual procurement report, this webinar will provide an update on the analysis of individual annual procurement reports for 2019-20 - the emerging highlights, opportunities and challenges. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the process, supporting guidance and template, as well as provide feedback and ask questions.
Ministry of Defence logo
Ministry of Defence: BS202000 Standardization Management System Webinar
Wednesday 6 October 2021, 9.30-11:00am
Webinar External Event
The Ministry of Defence is hosting a free webinar to promote Standardization Management and BS202000.
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2.4 Improving Your Bid Score - Increase Your Tender Win Rate
Thursday 14 October 2021, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know exactly what the buyer is looking for. This webinar provides an insight into the buyers’ needs and expectations to ensure you win points
PCS logo
1.2 Using Public Contract Scotland (PCS) – How to Find and Bid for Opportunities
Tuesday 19 October 2021, 11.30am-1:00pm
Webinar
Public Contracts Scotland is the national public sector tender portal for Scotland. It lists contract opportunities for all public sector bodies and has a “Quick Quote” function for lower value contracts. This webinar will help you to ensure that you're not only comfortable using the PCS website but also know how to generate business from it.
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1.1 Working with the Public Sector - All You Need to Know
Wednesday 20 October 2021, 2.00-3:30pm
Webinar
What do you need to know about working with the public sector? This introductory module provides a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond and introduces the key concepts of tendering and procurement.
Falkirk Council
Falkirk Council Procurement Clinics
Wednesday 20 October 2021, 9.30am-12:00pm
Partner Event
Falkirk Council provides extensive support to local suppliers through Procurement Clinics. Local suppliers are invited to attend clinic appointments lasting 30 minutes
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2.5 Responding to Tender Policy Requirements - Power of Procurement
Thursday 28 October 2021, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
As well as environmental issues this webinar also covers social issues such as net zero, community wealth building plus legal policy requirements like health and safety. This webinar will help you to navigate this changing landscape and provide the most up to date policies in your bids.
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Talking Tenders with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
Tuesday 2 November 2021, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar Partner Event
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) wish to reach out and invite local businesses and social enterprises to attend this free webinar, which will provide attendees with invaluable insight into HIE’s Procurement Strategy which was updated in June 2021 and their forward plan of contract opportunities which are anticipated to be procured over the next year.
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Fife Council Meet the Buyer Event
Thursday 4 November 2021, 9.00am-3:00pm
Virtual Event Partner Event
Save the date for a Meet the Buyer event hosted by Fife Council, as part of Fife Business Week, on 4 November 2021.
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2.4 Improving Your Bid Score - Increase Your Tender Win Rate
Thursday 11 November 2021, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know exactly what the buyer is looking for. This webinar provides an insight into the buyers’ needs and expectations to ensure you win points
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1.4 Planning Your Bid – Time and Resources
Tuesday 16 November 2021, 10.00-11:30am
Webinar
The biggest learning curve in tendering is understanding the time, energy and resources that go into creating a winning bid. This webinar will walk you through the steps of how to plan and manage your bid, making it as stress free as possible.
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Cyber Security Procurement Support Tool - Supplier Training
Wednesday 24 November 2021, 1.00-2:00pm
Webinar
If you or your suppliers rely on digital services or products to deliver public services, the services you provide to the public are at risk.
Falkirk Council
Falkirk Council Procurement Clinics
Wednesday 24 November 2021, 9.30am-12:00pm
Partner Event
Falkirk Council provides extensive support to local suppliers through Procurement Clinics. Local suppliers are invited to attend clinic appointments lasting 30 minutes
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3.1 Understanding Your Role in Contract Management – Critical Success Factors
Thursday 25 November 2021, 11.00am-12:30pm
Webinar
This advanced workshop explains how to successfully deliver on your contract, what to do if things go wrong, and how to win again when it is retendered.
Lanarkshire's Meet the Real Buyer Event
Lanarkshire Meet the "Real" Buyer
with North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council and the Supplier Development Programme
Tuesday 30 November 2021, 10.00am-3:00pm
Virtual Event Partner Event
This event is an opportunity for local businesses to talk to leading contractors and local authority services from North and South Lanarkshire, supported by SDP.
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1.5 Pricing Your Tender – A Sustainable Approach
Tuesday 7 December 2021, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar SDP Event
Pricing is just as important in tendering as writing but rarely gets any focus. In this webinar we will help you to understand what the public sector are looking for, and how pricing considerations should drive practical decision making, when bidding
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3.2 Expanding Your Business Globally – Tendering in New Markets
Thursday 9 December 2021, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
This workshop shows experienced bidders how to grow your business by exploring new public sector markets, including bidding for OJEU and international contracts.
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2.1 Passing the Selection Stage – The Single Procurement Document (SPD)
Tuesday 14 December 2021, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
During this webinar we take an in-depth look at the Single Procurement Document (SPD), which was formerly known as the ESPD and PQQ. Attend this course to gain tips and hints that will help you ace this first step and move forward in the bidding process.
Falkirk Council
Falkirk Council Procurement Clinics
Wednesday 15 December 2021, 9.30am-12:00pm
Partner Event
Falkirk Council provides extensive support to local suppliers through Procurement Clinics. Local suppliers are invited to attend clinic appointments lasting 30 minutes
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2.2 How to Write Outstanding Tenders - The Invitation to Tender (ITT) Stage
Tuesday 11 January 2022, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar SDP Event
Bidding is all about getting the right words on the page and getting a compliant bid submitted on time. This webinar will demonstrate how to use PCS and PCS-T and will also look at how to construct excellent responses to buyer’s questions.
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1.4 Planning Your Bid – Time and Resources
Wednesday 12 January 2022, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
The biggest learning curve in tendering is understanding the time, energy and resources that go into creating a winning bid. This webinar will walk you through the steps of how to plan and manage your bid, making it as stress free as possible.
angle-mid
1.5 Pricing Your Tender – A Sustainable Approach
Wednesday 19 January 2022, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar SDP Event
Pricing is just as important in tendering as writing but rarely gets any focus. In this webinar we will help you to understand what the public sector are looking for, and how pricing considerations should drive practical decision making, when bidding
laptop
2.3 Understanding and Bidding - Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)
Tuesday 25 January 2022, 2.00-4:30pm
Webinar
New Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement. This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.
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2.4 Improving Your Bid Score - Increase Your Tender Win Rate
Tuesday 8 February 2022, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know exactly what the buyer is looking for. This webinar provides an insight into the buyers’ needs and expectations to ensure you win points
arm
2.1 Passing the Selection Stage – The Single Procurement Document (SPD)
Wednesday 16 February 2022, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar
During this webinar we take an in-depth look at the Single Procurement Document (SPD), which was formerly known as the ESPD and PQQ. Attend this course to gain tips and hints that will help you ace this first step and move forward in the bidding process.
cert
2.5 Responding to Tender Policy Requirements - Power of Procurement
Tuesday 22 February 2022, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
As well as environmental issues this webinar also covers social issues such as net zero, community wealth building plus legal policy requirements like health and safety. This webinar will help you to navigate this changing landscape and provide the most up to date policies in your bids.
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2.2 How to Write Outstanding Tenders - The Invitation to Tender (ITT) Stage
Wednesday 2 March 2022, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar SDP Event
Bidding is all about getting the right words on the page and getting a compliant bid submitted on time. This webinar will demonstrate how to use PCS and PCS-T and will also look at how to construct excellent responses to buyer’s questions.
hard-hat-rt
3.1 Understanding Your Role in Contract Management – Critical Success Factors
Tuesday 8 March 2022, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
This advanced workshop explains how to successfully deliver on your contract, what to do if things go wrong, and how to win again when it is retendered.
laptop
2.3 Understanding and Bidding - Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)
Wednesday 16 March 2022, 1.00-2:30pm
Webinar
New Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement. This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.
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P4H Scotland 2021
Wednesday 16 March 2022, 9.00am-5:00pm
External Event
P4H Scotland announces hybrid event for buyers and suppliers of the healthcare procurement community.
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3.2 Expanding Your Business Globally – Tendering in New Markets
Tuesday 22 March 2022, 2.00-3:30pm
Webinar
This workshop shows experienced bidders how to grow your business by exploring new public sector markets, including bidding for OJEU and international contracts.
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2.4 Improving Your Bid Score - Increase Your Tender Win Rate
Wednesday 30 March 2022, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar
Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know exactly what the buyer is looking for. This webinar provides an insight into the buyers’ needs and expectations to ensure you win points
Meet the Buyer South logo
Meet the Buyer South 2022
Postponed – future date TBC
Partner Event
Save the date! The first ever Meet the Buyer South promises to be a fantastic opportunity for suppliers in the South of Scotland!
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2.5 Responding to Tender Policy Requirements - Power of Procurement
Wednesday 13 April 2022, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar
As well as environmental issues this webinar also covers social issues such as net zero, community wealth building plus legal policy requirements like health and safety. This webinar will help you to navigate this changing landscape and provide the most up to date policies in your bids.
angle
3.1 Understanding Your Role in Contract Management – Critical Success Factors
Wednesday 27 April 2022, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar
This advanced workshop explains how to successfully deliver on your contract, what to do if things go wrong, and how to win again when it is retendered.
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3.2 Expanding Your Business Globally – Tendering in New Markets
Wednesday 11 May 2022, 10.30am-12:00pm
Webinar
This workshop shows experienced bidders how to grow your business by exploring new public sector markets, including bidding for OJEU and international contracts.

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