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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Scottish Business Week
Monday 18 October 2021, 9.30am-Friday 22 October 2021, 4:30pm
External Event
Business Gateway, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, is hosting Scottish Business Week.
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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
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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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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Open Supplier Meeting with Scottish Government, CECA, Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate
Civil Engineering Works and Associated Services (including Roads and Roads Maintenance) Framework
Wednesday 27 October 2021, 2.00-4:00pm
Webinar Partner Event
Scottish Government would like to hear your thoughts and views - as a local contractor of civil engineering projects - to help shape the next generation Civil Engineering Works and Associated Services (including Roads and Roads Maintenance) national framework agreement.
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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 Meet the Buyer Event 2021: Dunfermline Learning Campus and Levenmouth Railway Link Supply Chain Opportunities
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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1.2 Using Public Contract Scotland (PCS) – How to Find and Bid for Opportunities
Wednesday 10 November 2021, 2.00-3:30pm
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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Talking Tenders with Shetland Islands Council
Wednesday 10 November 2021, 10.00am-12:00pm
Webinar Partner Event
Shetland Islands Council wish to support local businesses who are interested in working with them and bidding for work.
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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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Talking Tenders with Angus Council
Upcoming Painting Contract
Tuesday 16 November 2021, 6.00-7:30pm
Webinar Partner Event
This event is a great opportunity for local businesses to hear about an upcoming contract for repainting, gutters, fencing and conversions, for social housing that is managed by Angus Council.
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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 much 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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1.2 Using Public Contract Scotland (PCS) – How to Find and Bid for Opportunities
Wednesday 8 December 2021, 10.30am-12:00pm
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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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.
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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 much 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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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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