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.


Success Stories: Dundee Science Centre proves education really does pay off!

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Dundee Science Centre was awarded onto Dundee City Council’s ‘Flexible Framework Agreement for Education & Social Support Services (Children & Families)’ after attending the Supplier Development Programme’s aligned tender training webinar event with Dundee City Council at the end of 2020.

Success Stories: Concept Northern gains direction with SDP

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Concept Northern first engaged with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) in 2016 at a supplier event related to the then-new Glasgow City Region City Deal. Staff undertook SDP webinar training in environmental policy, health and safety policy, equality and quality management through ISO9001 policy, and participated in several Meet the Buyer events over the years. Concept Northern is an accredited Living Wage Scotland employer, and won its first public sector contract with the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2021 to provide Text Help software, ‘Read Write Gold’.

Success Stories: Remarkable wins top marks through SDP

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Formerly known as Investors in People Scotland, and based in Edinburgh, Remarkable specialises in business advisory, consultancy, leadership and organisational development. Since first registering with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) in 2018, Remarkable was successful in bidding for a contract from Perth & Kinross Council to supply a leadership development approach known as Intent Based Leadership (IBL) which supported the creation of a dynamic leadership movement and enabled the council to offer leadership development at scale, for all those in a leadership role, over time. Remarkable says the guidance the company received from SDP was instrumental in submitting a robust and effective bid.

SDP Supports Suppliers in Glasgow’s Economic Recovery

At Meet the Buyer 2021, Glasgow City Region City Deal formally launched the latest contract pipeline for its £1 billion City Deal infrastructure programme including details of over £150 million worth of tier one infrastructure contracts due to go to open tender in the coming three years.

The Supplier Development Programme (SPD) was also named a lead delivery partner in the City of Glasgow Region’s Economic Recovery Plan as a short-term solution to simulate new long-term employment opportunities for businesses in Glasgow.

Glasgow City Region City Deal (GCRCD) has identified 60 ‘ready to go’ projects that will deliver and support a range of infrastructure, commercial and residential projects that can be implemented quickly. GCRCD plans to engage with the Supplier Development Programme to get micro, small and medium sized businesses tender ready and successful secure contracts.

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.

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