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.

Fife Council Meet the Buyer 2021: Dunfermline Learning Campus and Levenmouth Railway Link Supply Chain Opportunities Final Report

The Supplier Development Programme has published the final report for Fife Council Meet the Buyer 2021: Dunfermline Learning Campus and Levenmouth Railway Link Supply Chain Opportunities.

Fife Council Economic Development, in partnership with hub East Central Scotland, Fife College, BAM Construction, Balfour Beatty, Network Rail and the Supplier Development Programme, came together to help local businesses find out what contract opportunities are available as part of the Dunfermline Learning Campus (DLC) (200m project) and the Levenmouth Railway Link project delivery (£70m project). On the day, there were 252 participants. Of these, 144 attendees were from unique Scottish SMEs/supported businesses.

Meet the Buyer North 2021 Final Report

The Supplier Development Programme has published the final report for Meet the Buyer North 2021.

Meet the Buyer North 2021 was held on 7 September as a virtual event. Headline partners were the Scottish Government and Scottish Procurement Alliance. There were 441 actual attendees on the day, which was made up of 224 Scottish unique businesses and 108 buyers/exhibiting staff. There were 428 live meetings and 275 live exhibition chats.

Forth Valley Meet the Buyer Final Report

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

Falkirk Council, Stirling Council and Clackmannanshire Council, in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme, hosted a Forth Valley 'Meet the Buyer' event online on Wednesday, 30 June 2021. On the day, there were 204 participants made up of 159 supplier attendees and 45 exhibitors/speakers/public sector colleagues. The event had very positive feedback with 95% were more likely to bid for public contracts as a result of attending.

Meet the Buyer 2021: Live Virtual Event Final Report

The Supplier Development Programme has published the final report for Meet the Buyer 2021: Live Virtual Event.

Meet the Buyer 2021 was held on 8 June as a virtual event. Headline partners included the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel. There were 1,161 actual attendees on the day, including both exhibitors and individual suppliers, with 29,574 minutes of video interaction. After the event, 91% of suppliers were more likely to bid for public sector contracts.

Ayrshire Meet the Buyer Final Report

The Supplier Development Programme has published the final report for Ayrshire Meet the Buyer 2021.

East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council, in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme, hosted a pan-Ayrshire ‘Meet the Buyer' event online on Wednesday, 28 April 2021. Prior to the event, there were 659 suppliers registered. On the day, 391 participants attended the event, made up of 317 supplier attendees and 74 exhibitors/speakers/public sector colleagues.

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