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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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1.1 Working with the Public Sector - All You Need to Know
Thursday 1 August 2024, 2:30-4:00pm
Webinar
New to bidding, tendering and procurement? Join this introductory course to gain a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond.
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1.2 Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) – How to Find and Bid for Opportunities
Tuesday 6 August 2024, 1:30-3:00pm
Webinar
Join this webinar to learn everything you need to know about Public Contracts Scotland, the national public sector tender portal for Scotland.
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Police Scotland Bus Transport Framework Aligned Tender Training
Aligned Tender Training - using PCS & PCS-T
Wednesday 7 August 2024, 2:00-3:30pm
Webinar Partner Event
During this webinar, our SDP expert trainer will show local bus operator's how to find and bid for this Police Scotland contract, using both Public Contract Scotland (PCS) and Public Contract Scotland -Tender(PCS-T) live online
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1.3 Getting Your Business Tender Ready - The Checklist
Tuesday 13 August 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm
Webinar
Knowing what your business needs to have in place before you start tendering is the foundation to success. This webinar will provide you with an easy to use checklist and description of all the policies, processes and evidence you need to have ready before you bid on an opportunity.
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1.4 Planning Your Bid – Time and Resources
Wednesday 21 August 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm
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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Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) Innovation Notices and Guidance
Scotland Innovates - Supplier Training
Thursday 22 August 2024, 11:00am-12:00pm
Webinar Partner Event
Scottish Government has added new functionality to Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) titled - Preliminary Market Consultation notice, Pre-commercial Procurement notice and Pre-commercial procurement Award notices. In addition to a Supplier Collaboration tool and a Research register
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Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) - the consortium model of bidding for bigger contracts.
Wednesday 28 August 2024, 10:00-11:30am
Webinar Partner Event
This is an awareness-raising webinar for businesses interested in tendering for bigger contracts in collaboration with other businesses
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2.1 Passing the Selection Stage – The Single Procurement Document (SPD)
Thursday 29 August 2024, 1:30-3:00pm
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.
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2.2 How to Write Outstanding Tenders - The Invitation to Tender (ITT) Stage
Tuesday 3 September 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm
Webinar
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 buyers' questions.
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Meet the Buyer North 2024
Wednesday 11 September 2024, 10:00am-3:30pm
Aberdeen SDP Event
The Supplier Development Programme and headline partners are set to host the seventh annual Meet the Buyer North, at The Music Hall Aberdeen on 11 September 2024.
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2.3 Understanding and Bidding - Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)
Tuesday 17 September 2024, 1:30-3:00pm
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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Shetland’s ‘Future Housing’ Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) Tendering for SIC / Hjaltland Housing Association (HHA) Contracts
Wednesday 18 September 2024, 3:00-4:30pm
Webinar Partner Event
Shetland Islands Council (SIC) / Hjaltland Housing Association (HHA) in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) to address one of the most common points raised at the initial “Future Housing”
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2.4 Improving Your Bid Score - Increase Your Tender Win Rate
Tuesday 24 September 2024, 1:30-3:00pm
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.
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2.5 Responding to Tender Policy Requirements - Power of Procurement
Wednesday 2 October 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm
Webinar
In addition to legal policy requirements like health and safety, this webinar will help your business understand and action social issues that are prioritised in Scotland's public sector such as Net Zero, Community Wealth Building and Fair Work, and provide the most up-to-date policies in your bids.
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3.1 Understanding Your Role in Contract Management – Critical Success Factors
Thursday 10 October 2024, 1:30-3:00pm
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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1.1 Working with the Public Sector - All You Need to Know
Wednesday 23 October 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm
Webinar
New to bidding, tendering and procurement? Join this introductory course to gain a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond.
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Meet the Buyer South 2024
Tuesday 29 October 2024, 10:00am-1:00pm
Galashiels SDP Event
Meet the Buyer South promises to be a fantastic opportunity for suppliers in the South of Scotland! Book your free place now.
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1.2 Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) – How to Find and Bid for Opportunities
Thursday 31 October 2024, 1:30-3:00pm
Webinar
Join this webinar to learn everything you need to know about Public Contracts Scotland, the national public sector tender portal for Scotland.
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1.3 Getting Your Business Tender Ready - The Checklist
Wednesday 6 November 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm
Webinar
Knowing what your business needs to have in place before you start tendering is the foundation to success. This webinar will provide you with an easy to use checklist and description of all the policies, processes and evidence you need to have ready before you bid on an opportunity.
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Fife Council Meet the Buyer
Thursday 7 November 2024, 8:30am-12:30pm
Dunfermline SDP Event
The 15th Annual Fife Council Meet the Buyer Event returns on Thursday 7 November!
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1.4 Planning Your Bid – Time and Resources
Tuesday 12 November 2024, 1:30-3:00pm
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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The City of Edinburgh Council: Supplier Engagement Event
Thursday 14 November 2024, 9:30-11:30am
Edinburgh SDP Event
The City of Edinburgh Council welcomes local micro, small and supported businesses, as well as third sector organisations, to its Supplier Engagement Event.
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1.2 Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) – How to Find and Bid for Opportunities
Wednesday 20 November 2024, 1:00pm
Webinar
Join this webinar to learn everything you need to know about Public Contracts Scotland, the national public sector tender portal for Scotland.
Lanarkshire's Meet the Real Buyer Event
Lanarkshire Meet the "Real" Buyer
Wednesday 20 November 2024, 10:00am-2:00pm
Airdrie 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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2.1 Passing the Selection Stage – The Single Procurement Document (SPD)
Wednesday 27 November 2024, 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.
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2.2 How to Write Outstanding Tenders - The Invitation to Tender (ITT) Stage
Thursday 5 December 2024, 1:30-2:00pm
Webinar
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 buyers' questions.
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2.3 Understanding and Bidding - Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)
Tuesday 10 December 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm
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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Renfrewshire Council - Care at Home Framework
Aligned Tender Training - using PCS & PCS-T to bid for this contract opportunity
Postponed – future date TBC
Webinar Partner Event
Renfrewshire Council is currently reviewing the approach of commissioning Care at Home services. Please join us to hear vital information about the imminent Care at Home Providers framework.
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2.4 Improving Your Bid Score - Increase Your Tender Win Rate
Wednesday 15 January 2025, 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.
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2.5 Responding to Tender Policy Requirements - Power of Procurement
Thursday 23 January 2025, 1:30-3:00pm
Webinar
In addition to legal policy requirements like health and safety, this webinar will help your business understand and action social issues that are prioritised in Scotland's public sector such as Net Zero, Community Wealth Building and Fair Work, and provide the most up-to-date policies in your bids.
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3.1 Understanding Your Role in Contract Management – Critical Success Factors
Tuesday 28 January 2025, 10:30am
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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