Case studies

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

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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 info@sdpscotland.co.uk 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.


City of Edinburgh Council Facilitates Transparency in Hard FM Supply Chain with Supplier Development Programme

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City of Edinburgh Council approached the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) to deliver a free Talking Tenders webinar event, supplemented by one-to-one meetings between outgoing suppliers from the previous framework and the potential new Delivery Partners.

The commercial property repair and maintenance programme contract opportunity is for a 10-year period and the estimated contract value is £150m - £180m. In December 2020, in partnership with SDP, The City of Edinburgh Council engaged with suppliers of all sizes to fulfil the requirements of this procurement exercise. Potential manufacturers, suppliers and sub-contractors interested in potential forthcoming sub-contracting opportunities related to this tender exercise attended a ‘Talking Tenders’ webinar in a morning session.

Success Stories: Complete Weed Control Hedges Bets with Public Sector Contracts and SDP

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Keith Gallacher founded Complete Weed Control in 2005 as a sole trader and incorporated it as a limited company in 2011. Complete Weed Control operates across the Central Belt and South of Scotland. Since completing an introductory webinar on ‘Using PCS and Other Portals’ with the Supplier Development Programme, Complete Weed Control has gone on to win several public sector contracts with Scottish local authorities.

Success Stories: SDP Sparks Business with Perth & Kinross Council for E W Edwardson (Electrical Contractors) Ltd

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E W Edwardson (Electrical Contractors) Ltd supplies electrical contracting services, including repairs and maintenance, design, inspection and testing. Long used to supplying to the public sector, the medium sized business has worked with local authorities such as Angus Council, Dundee City Council, Fife Council, and Perth and Kinross Council for some 15 years. However, the company decided to take a proactive step towards refreshing its approach to tendering through the Supplier Development Programme in 2019.

Success Stories: Keela Supplies COVID-19 PPE to NHS Scotland

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Based in Fife, Keela employs 100 staff and is a leading technical outdoor brand and manufacturer of protective clothing and accessories for blue light emergency services around the world. From first registering with SDP Scotland in 2011, Keela has gone from strength to strength in winning public sector work. Amid supply issues of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with global demand for gloves and masks at unprecedented levels, a deal was agreed to manufacture more PPE for NHS Scotland in May 2020.

New SDP Supplier Set for Public Sector Success

Kate Hookham t/a Do Learn

Kate Hookham had experience in supporting her previous employer to gather evidence and submit tenders, as well as in delivering programmes and projects commissioned by public sector buyers through Public Contracts Scotland. Since venturing out by starting her own business in mid-March 2020, Kate’s plans were put on hold with the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. She decided to use lock down to upskill herself on public sector tendering and began attending free webinars with the Supplier Development Programme in April 2020.

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