Case studies

Here are case studies, stories and testimonials received from Scottish SMEs that have benefited from attending SDP’s training.

Have you won a contract after participating in SDP training? Would you like to share your success story? Submit your details here and your business could be SDP’s featured business of the month!

You can also read and download case studies on different local authorities, and the approaches used by the Supplier Development Programme on a local level across Scotland. Contact for more information, or learn more about how local authorities and member organisations can support your SME business in procurement and business development by exploring our site.

Success stories: Consult Lift Services

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Based in Renfrewshire, Phil Reilly has built Consult Lift Services from the ground up. Beginning with a course attended personally by Phil in 2009, Consult Lift Services has gone from strength to strength in public sector tendering by putting into practice what can be learned from the Supplier Development Programme.

“We started out by trying to win anything at all with public sector tendering in 2008, but we were constantly unsuccessful,” said Phil Reilly, Chairman of Consult Lift Services Ltd. “We wanted to work with councils, because you know you’ll get paid, but we just couldn’t get our foot in the door.”

Success stories: Horisk Leslie Development

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“Horisk Leslie Development is a software development consultancy specialising in developing websites, web applications and database solutions to enhance business processes and improve business efficiency. Our work includes bespoke e-commerce websites, online booking and management systems, helpdesk systems and membership databases.

“The Supplier Development Programme helped us with our successful bid for a place on the Scottish Government Application Design and Development Framework.

SDP “Dovetails” Success with Social Enterprise

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A Supported Business credits engagement with SDP for helping to win two public sector contracts in the Spring of 2019.

Dovetail is a Supported Business that manufactures certified internal fire doors as well as furniture and beds for the contract market.

This social enterprise is located in Dundee and has 52 employees. Dovetail was SDP's featured business for the month of June.

Supplier Development Programme Provides Free Training to South Lanarkshire Early Learning and Childcare Providers

In June and July 2019, more than 120 South Lanarkshire businesses were given vital support by South Lanarkshire Council, through the Supplier Development Programme, to make sure they are ready to tender to provide more free childcare places to local families.

Connect the Dots in Fife

As a registered partner of the Supplier Development Programme, Fife Council is committed to providing support to the local business community in the tendering process, ultimately supporting the economic growth for the area.

Through SDP, Fife Council provides support to Fife businesses by raising awareness of the opportunities for SMEs from the public sector, increasing business readiness to tender, and assisting SMEs in accessing tender opportunities. Learn more about how the Supplier Development Programme runs in Fife.

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