Research and consultations

The Supplier Development Programme regularly contributes to reports, research and consultations. SDP is often asked to disseminate research opportunities to Scottish-based SMEs, third sector bodies, and supported businesses that engage with us through training and events. These opportunities will be listed on this page as they arise.

You can read more about the official consultations SDP has participated in below.

Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event Final Report

The Supplier Development Programme has published the final report for the Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event.

Due to restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, the physical Meet the Buyer event was postponed from 2 June 2020 to 8 June 2021. However, on 2 June, the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) organised virtual activities to mark the occasion of what would have been the 12th annual Meet the Buyer event.

"Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: What’s been your experience? Supplier Views" Final Report

In July 2020, the Supplier Development Programme, with the support of the Scottish Government, published a report on suppliers’ views from a survey on the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on Supplier Relief, furloughed staff, access to free online training and capacity to bid for public sector contracts.

Meet the Buyer 2019 Final Report

The Supplier Development Programme has published the final report for Meet the Buyer 2019.

Meet the Buyer 2019 was held on 13 November 2019 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Headline partners included the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel. The largest number of registrations to date were received: 2,623 suppliers registered, and more than 1,100 attended to interact with 69 exhibition stalls, representing 74 organisations. The event had on the whole very positive feedback from respondents, with 82% rating it as Excellent or Good and 90% more likely to bid for public sector contracts as a result of attending.

Meet the Buyer North 2019 Final Report

The Supplier Development Programme has published the final report for Meet the Buyer North 2019.

Meet the Buyer North 2019 was held on 4 September at Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Out of the record 1,100+ suppliers that registered to attend, more than 560 gathered to interact with 35 exhibition stalls, representing 41 public sector buyers and business support services.

Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry on the Construction Sector in Scotland

SDP submitted a consultation response to the Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry on the Construction Sector in Scotland in January 2019.

The remit of the Inquiry was to understand the characteristics and challenges of Scotland’s construction sector to ensure the sector realises its full potential in contributing to a productive and inclusive Scottish economy.

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