Meet the Buyer

Meet the Buyer 2023

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Venue:Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Lennox Suite
The Exchange
150 Morrison St
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Wednesday 17 May 2023, 10:00am-4:00pm

EdinburghSDP Event

Join us for Meet the Buyer 2023, Scotland’s largest Meet the Buyer event, at the Edinburgh Conference Centre (EIIC) on 17 May!  Meet the Buyer 2023 is hosted by the Supplier Development Programme and officially supported by the Scottish Government, with headline partners Scotland Excel and the UK Department for Transport, and headline sponsor Elcom.

Come along to meet with procurement teams, buyers and supply chains to learn about upcoming projects and tender opportunities locally, nationally within Scotland and across the UK.

Now in its 14th annual year, Scotland's national Meet the Buyer event is taking place as a fully in-person event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 17 May 2023.

The theme for this year’s event is, “Open for Business,” and this is exactly your business will get with public sector contracts – a chance to contribute towards improve our economy, society and the environment.

A national event with a local buying focus

This free event gives suppliers access to buyers and decision makers from organisations across the public and private sectors. You'll have the chance to introduce your company, talk to the key contacts and find out about any tenders and projects buyers have in the pipeline for both local and national businesses.

Meet the Buyer can help your micro, small and medium business get into public sector supply chains. SMEs will be given the chance to meet buyers connected to public sector projects that are looking to support local businesses and Community Wealth Building.

How could you benefit from attending Meet the Buyer 2023?

  • The chance to hear a diverse range of panels and speakers discussing their experiences, pipeline projects and upcoming contract opportunities.
  • An understanding of the meaning of procurement lingo and taglines. 
  • The chance to learn top tips and tricks on how to bid via Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tender from SDP's expert trainers.
  • Inspiration for your business’ next steps. 
  • Opportunities to network with procurement teams and buyers from across the public and private sectors.
  • A chance to pitch your business innovations to buyers. 

Who is Meet the Buyer 2023 for?

Meet the Buyer 2023 is aimed towards micro, small and medium sized businesses from across Scotland. However, all are welcome! Wherever you are based, and however big your business is, there is something useful to be found at this national Meet the Buyer event!

Not sure if your business’ products and services have a place in public and private sector procurement? You may be able to provide peripheral products and services nearby - for example, MOTs, food and drink, cleaning services, security services, local B&Bs, grounds maintenance. 

You can't afford to miss out on the chance to hear about upcoming projects and contracts.

You'll only know if you go...

Attendance is key. If you don’t sign up for this free event in advance, you will miss out on the opportunity to introduce your business to Scottish local authorities, framework providers, and big contractors.

Book your free place now!

If your business can attend just one event this year, make it Meet the Buyer 2023! All suppliers are eligible to attend for free. However, you must register an account with SDP to book a place.

Join the conversation: #MeetTheBuyer2023 

Who's Exhibiting?

Headline Partners include:

Premium Partners include:

Confirmed Scottish Local Authorities include:

All 32 Scottish Local Authorities are full members of the Supplier Development Programme.

Other Confirmed SDP Membership Organisations include:

Other Public Sector Exhibitors include:

Community Wealth Building (Supply Chain) Organisations include:

UK Public Sector Organisations include:

Business Support Exhibitors include:

Other Confirmed Exhibitors include:

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