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G-Cloud 9 is open for applications

March 23, 2017

G-Cloud 9 is open for applications. You can now apply to offer your cloud technology and support services to government through the G9 framework. Find out what services are eligible and how to apply.

Applications close at 5pm BST on 11 April 2017.

GDS have been working closely with our colleagues at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and the Government Legal Department (GLD) over the last few months exploring the ways to improve G-Cloud for buyers and suppliers.

They’ve focused on simplifying the contracts and have also designed the questions so suppliers can provide more relevant information in their service descriptions. This will help create service listings that will make searching and decision-making easier for buyers.

Survey – Site Waste Management Plans in the Scottish Construction Sector

March 9, 2017

This survey will collect data from construction businesses about their current use of site waste management plans (SWMPs). The responses will help Zero Waste Scotland understand how widespread SWMPs are currently used in the sector, gathering evidence around the social, economic and environmental benefits of using SWMPs across the Scottish construction and demolition projects.

please click HERE to start the survey

Waste Prevention support for Scottish construction sector SMEs

Breakfast briefing in Inverness at The Royal Highland Hotel   (bacon butties included)

This live event will provide an overview of the free support available to Scottish construction sector SMEs through Resource Efficient Scotland. During the workshop we will highlight the financial and material savings possible through taking action, and identify sources of funding to help implement improvements, such as the Resource Efficiency Waste Prevention Innovation Fund. Delivered by our team of waste prevention specialists and one-to-one advisors, this workshop will help you go beyond compliance to save money, grow profits and increase your competitive advantage through greater understanding of construction waste prevention and the changing resource landscape.

DATE & TIME

Tue 14 March 2017

09:00 – 11:00 GMT

LOCATION

The Royal Highland Hotel

18 Academy Street

Inverness

IV1 1LG

please click here for more info and book your place

Morrison Construction Meet the Buyer Event – 1st March

February 27, 2017

Morrison Construction are holding a Meet the Buyer event on the 1st March 2017 from 9am to 1pm at the Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1BY.

This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about contract opportunities for your business. It is a free event and there is no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Framework Agreement for the Provision of Passenger Transport Services

February 21, 2017

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: South Lanarkshire Council has begun the process of renewing its Framework Agreement for the Provision of Passenger Transport Services (formerly the Framework for the Provision of Passenger Transport Services for the Conveyance of Children with Additional Support Needs.

The Council are seeking to establish a Framework consisting of the following Lots:-

Lots 1-3 for passengers up to the age of 18

Lot 1 – Transportation requirements with or without wheelchair carrying adaptation

Lot 2 – Short notice transport requirements with or without wheelchair adaptation

Lot 3 –  Social, Emotional and Behavioural Bases

Lots 4-5 for passengers over the age of 18

Lot 4 – Transportation requirements with or without wheelchair carrying adaptation

Lot 5- Short notice transportation requirements with or without wheelchair adaptation

Full details of the Council’s requirements including any minimum requirements are contained within the full Contract Notice which is available to view along with the tender documents on the Public Contracts Scotland  Notice ID: FEB273005  

Deadline : – Friday 17 March 2017 @12:00 noon

Bidder Information Session

A Bidder Information Session will take place on Thursday 23 February, from 10.30 a/m. to 12.30p.m. in the Council Chamber, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AA.

 

 

Designing out Construction Waste

February 17, 2017

Launch of a new online guide for designers, architects and project teams.

As part of their programme of support for the Scottish construction sector, Zero Waste Scotland have developed a new online guide on how material waste can be prevented through design in construction and refurbishment projects. The guide explains and demonstrates how circular economy design ideas can be applied throughout the design and construction phases of any project.

The guide is being launched at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre on Friday March 3rd, 09:00 – 13:30

To register for the event, please follow this link:

Designing out Construction Waste

If you have any queries or comments, please feel free to contact Rob Snaith at rob.snaith@ricardo.com, 01235 753 029

Framework opportunity for the Provision of Vehicle Body, Mechanical and Electrical Repairs

February 14, 2017

Framework Agreement for the Provision of Vehicle Body, Mechanical and Electrical Repairs including Ad-hoc Repairs to a fleet of approximately 1700 vehicles. The Framework Agreement includes all categories of vehicles and consist of 3 lots.

Lot 1 – Motor Vehicle Body Repairs

Lot 2 – Motor Vehicle Mechanical Repairs including Ad-hoc Repairs

Lot 3 – Motor Vehicle Electrical Repairs including Ad-hoc Repairs

Each lot shall be further split by categories of vehicle. Contractors may submit tenders for one, several or all of the vehicle types in any of the lots.

All Vehicle Body Repairs shall be covered by those contractors appointed to the Framework Agreement (lot 1) as the Council does not have an in house facility to undertake this requirement. The requirement for Mechanical and Electrical Repairs shall be required where the Council’s own workshop does not have the capacity to carry out these repairs in house.

The Council is using PCS-Tender to conduct this tender exercise, project number 6248. For full access to the project on PCS-Tender please refer to the Contract Notice. The full Contract Notice can be viewed at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk. Notice ID: 464493, Publication Number: 2017/S 018-029755.

Deadline: Monday 27 February at 12:00 noon

 

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre – Preparing for BIM Event

February 2, 2017

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre are running a free awareness event – Preparing for BIM on the 23rd February in Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The free workshop will help you understand what BIM is and how it relates to the Scottish Government’s BIM Implementation within the Public Sector from April 2017.

Presented by industry experts, this two hour workshop is designed to help you understand the context and practicalities of BIM,as well as how best to prepare for the impact it may have on your construction-related business.

You can register to attend this event by following this link.

Dumfries and Galloway Growth Accelerator Programme Workshops

Dumfries and Galloway’s Business Growth Accelerator Programme have announced a series of workshops to be run throughout February and March on a variety of different topics from Business Marketing and Branding to Strategy Development; all aimed at helping you to grow your business. These workshops will be held at locations throughout Dumfries and Galloway, and all are free to attend. The workshops are run by Business Gateway in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and are supported by EU funding. To see the full list of workshops available and register please visit their website.

City of Edinburgh, Education and Health & Social Care Transport Framework Agreement

January 23, 2017

The City of Edinburgh Council is planning to publish a related Contract Notice and Invitation to Tender (ITT) on 30th January 2017.

A briefing meeting for contractors and any other interested parties will be held from 11:00 to 12:30 on Tuesday 7th February 2017 in the Council Chamber at the City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ.  The purpose of the meeting is to brief suppliers regarding the technical requirements related to the content of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) and how to register and use Public Contracts Scotland.

To book a place at the meeting please email hayley.muir@edinburgh.gov.uk and include the name and email address of the person who wishes to attend the meeting.

Information will be posted after the meeting, via the Public Contracts Scotland website, to ensure that anyone unable to attend the meeting is made aware of the content of the briefing.

Work set to get underway on two major City Deal infrastructure projects

January 11, 2017

Overwater ground investigations will gather geotechnical and environmental information needed to develop the designs for both the ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ and ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ projects.

These will see a new opening bridge across the Clyde linking communities north and south of the river, construction of the Renfrew North Development Road, a new bridge across the White Cart, the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, and the creation of new cycle routes.

Following on from the initial public consultation events in May 2016, further public engagement events held in December continued to demonstrate overwhelming support for the projects, with early indications that approximately 80 per cent of responses were positive.

Renfrewshire Council‘s Procurement Subcommittee gave the go-ahead for a contract with Causeway Geotech Limited today (Monday 9 January). The ground investigations work will begin in the next few weeks and be completed before the end of March.

The contract for site investigations was awarded following a competitive tender process, which saw Causeway Geotech Limited submit the most economically advantageous bid. The cost for the works is £623,755.

The £90.7 million ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ initiative and the £39.1 million ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ venture are two of three major City Deal infrastructure projects to secure Renfrewshire’s long-term economic future.

Businesses interested in City Deal contracts should ensure that they add the category to their alert profile on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)

Framework Opportunity for Energy Efficiency Contractors

Scotland Excel has recently published a contract notice on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)

Framework for Energy Efficiency Contractors including, but not limited to, energy assessors (Energy Performance Certificates), building fabric works (various insulation works and replacement windows and doors) and heating and micro-generation works (replacement boilers, heating controls, heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar panels).

It is envisaged that a large proportion of the works will be required in order to meet councils’ obligations under two major programmes, namely the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing and the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland: Area Based Scheme.

It is likely that councils will require contractors to source funding to support measures delivered under these schemes through sources such as the Energy Company Obligation, and that the council will only act as a funder for certain works and the contractor may be required to enter into contracts with others including private householders or proprietors or owners to carry our the works.

Deadline date: 06/02/2017

Deadline time: 12:00

Further details on this opportunity can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

 

Annual Supplier Survey now live!

January 5, 2017

Happy New Year from the Supplier Development Programme!

2016 was a great year for SDP, having updated all of our training content, introduced our new Policy Workshops and ran our most successful Meet the Buyer event yet.

We now need your help to make 2017 even better! We are conducting our annual supplier survey to capture your views on what we did well in 2016 and what we can improve in 2017 to make the programme more relevant to your business needs. The survey only takes 10-15 minutes to complete and as a thank you for your help you will be entered into a draw to win a £100 shopping voucher.

Please click here to be taken to the survey.

Thank you!

Opportunities with new Scotland Excel Frozen Food Framework

December 20, 2016

Scotland Excel have issued a Prior Information Notice for their new Frozen Food Framework on Public Contracts Scotland.

They are holding a number of information sessions about this opportunity:

  • Wednesday 11th January 2017 – City of Edinburgh Council Offices, Waverly Court, Business Centre 3.3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG from 2-4pm
  • Thursday 12th January 2017 – Dundee (Exact venue still to be confirmed) from 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 17th January 2017 – Dumfries (Exact venue still to be confirmed) from 1-3pm
  • Thursday 19th January 2017 – Scotland Excel Offices, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 from 2-4pm

If you would like to attend please send an email to facilities@scotland-excel.org.uk indicating the venue will be attending, the number of places you would like to reserve and your contact details.

Herald Family Business Awards 2016

December 8, 2016

The Supplier Development Programme were delighted to award the Rural Family Business award to both Hutton Stone and Scotlight Group at the Herald Family Business Awards on the 7th December.

Congratulations to both of our winners and all winners in other categories, we hope you had a great evening! You can find out who the winners in each category were on the Herald’s website.

Scottish Government Supplier Survey

December 2, 2016

The Scottish Government want to make it as easy as possible for suppliers to bid for public sector contracts. Can you help?

The Scottish Government are reviewing the delivery and content of their current supplier guidance, available via their website, and as a result would like feedback from suppliers.

The feedback received will help shape the future content of Scottish Government guidance for suppliers who bid for public sector contracts.

We would encourage all suppliers to complete their short survey. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about the survey, or the supplier guidance, please email: Procurement_Development@gov.scot

Thank you.

Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 is now open: apply to supply your services

November 25, 2016

The CCS Digital Marketplace team are trying to attract Scottish suppliers to the new Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework. You can now apply to offer your digital specialist services to government through the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework.

Apply to supply your services

Check whether your services are suitable and read how to apply in the suppliers’ guide.

Create an account or log in to the Digital Marketplace now to start your application.

You can apply to become a Digital Outcomes and Specialists supplier if you provide:

  • digital outcomes, for example a team to provide an accessibility audit
  • digital specialists, for example an individual developer to work on a specific project
  • user research studios
  • user research participants

Closing date

Applications will close at 5pm (GMT) on 14 December 2016.

If your application is successful, your services are expected to be available on the Digital Marketplace from February 2017.

Open Contracting in Scottish Government

November 21, 2016

Scottish Procurement is developing an Open Contracting Strategy which will help ensure that the public can identify who is delivering government contracts and how well these contracts are performing.

Context

Over the next year Scotland will be a pioneer working with the international Open Government Partnership this will help Scottish Procurement to meet the Scottish Government’s aim to be the “the most open and accessible government that Scotland has had”.

A key component of Open Government, is ensuring that all stakeholders can access the information they need from public bodies in a form that is useful. This allows people to be better informed, encourages participation in government decision making and ensures the public sector is held to account for its policies and spending.

In recognising the importance of open and accessible data, last year the Scottish Government published its Open Data Strategy which sets out a number of national actions which will help to support public sector organisations as they implement their own open data publication plans.

Scottish Procurement’s role

To support the Open Data Strategy, Scottish Procurement will ‎develop an Open Contracting Strategy and publish procurement information in line with international business interoperability standards. This will ensure that the data published is in a format useful to all audiences.

For more information and to find out what is happening when, visit the Scottish Government website

Scotland Build 2016

November 15, 2016

The Supplier Development Programme will be exhibiting at Scotland Build on the 23rd and 24th November 2016. Scotland Build has established itself as the leading event to cover construction opportunities across all of Scotland. The Expo is attended by all the key players in the Scottish construction industry, including thousands of attendees made up of: architects, contractors, developers, government, and solution providers.

After a very successful 2015, Scotland Build will return to the SECC, doubling in size and featuring:

  • 150+ international exhibitors and thousands of quality attendees showcasing the latest projects, developments, investment and opportunities in and around the Capital
  • 70+ speakers with a 2 day conference & CPD accredited workshops
  • New Focus Zones including the Architects Zone, Market Intelligence Zone, Skills Hub and many more

This year’s event will also include the Scotland Sustainability Summit on the 24th November, providing you with the opportunity to network with hundreds of sustainability experts from across Scotland, as well as the chance to take part in a number of panel discussion and CPD accredited workshops

You can register for your FREE passes to Scotland Build at www.scotlandbuildexpo.com/register/

SDP Launches New Policy Workshops

November 4, 2016

The Supplier Development Programme is delighted to be launching our new policy workshops to complement our current programme of 10 training courses. The workshops will include iso27001-Information Security Management, Equality & Diversity, Health & Safety, Environmental as well as iso9001 – Quality Management all delivered to you by webinar. You may be expected to submit policies as part of the tender process, therefore these workshops aim to help you understand what is expected.

Health and Safety

Managing health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated, costly or time consuming – it’s easier than you think. The overall aim of a Health & Safety policy is to support and promote good practice. Join our webinar to hear more about the 8 stages of implementation.

Quality Management System (ISO9001)

Leading and operating an organisation successfully requires managing it in a systematic and visible manner. This webinar will give you the opportunity to hear our expert explain the 8 principles of the International Quality Standards and what you have to do to achieve certification.

Equality and Diversity

Equality is about “creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential”.

Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences.

This webinar will cover the both in more detail and demonstrate how your business can create an E&D policy

Information Security Management (ISO)

The iso27001 is a risk-based approach which is technology-neutral. During this webinar our expert will explain the six-part planning process.

Environmental Policy

The Resource Efficiency Pledge is a nationwide scheme backed by Scottish Government, which aims to help Scottish businesses use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently.  Since its launch in 2014, nearly 200 organisations across Scotland have taken steps to save money and strengthen their business. During this webinar you will be able to hear the resource efficiency experts give clear, practical advice to help you quickly take action and start to enjoy the benefits of resource efficiency.

Visit the events and training page to book 

Glasgow City Region City Deal projects delay provides opportunity for SME’s

November 2, 2016

Two major Glasgow City Region City Deal projects in Inverclyde worth £30m have been delayed by a year. Although disappointing that the benefits these projects will bring to the region will not be realised for another year, this provides small businesses with more time to prepare to get ‘tender ready’ for the likely extensive contract and sub-contract opportunities these projects will bring.

The Supplier Development Programme can help you to prepare to tender for these contracts through the free training and support we provide on all aspects of tendering. Check out our events page to register for free training near you.

You can find out more about Glasgow City Region City Deal on our dedicated webpage.

Shortlist announced for Herald Family Business Awards

The Herald has unveiled the finalists for the Scottish Family Business Awards 2016, in association with Business Gateway.

Firms from a wide range of sectors have made the shortlist for the 10 contested awards, and will find out if they have won at Glasgow’s Grand Central hotel on December 7. An award for outstanding contribution to family business will also be presented on the night.

The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards celebrate firms which flourish under family ownership, recognising excellence in areas such innovation, customer service and international growth. Herald business editor Ian McConnell chairs the judging panel.

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at the Business Gateway National Unit, said: “Once again we have had an excellent response to the Herald Family Business Awards with many businesses from across Scotland entering the competition.”

The Supplier Development Programme is sponsoring the Rural Family Business (Small/Medium) category. Programme manager, Gillian Cameron, said: “We’re delighted to see so many businesses applying for this year’s awards, and congratulate those who have made it through so far.”

The shortlisted businesses for the Rural Family Business (Small/Medium) category are…

  • Hutton Stone Co. Ltd.
  • Scotlight Group
  • Eric Gillie Ltd
  • SkyeSkyns Ltd

You can find the full list of finalists here

Tayside sub-contractors sought for £130m worth of projects

October 27, 2016

Construction companies in Tayside are being invited to share in projects worth more than £130 million.

Robertson Tayside and Robertson Partnership Homes are looking to hear from local subcontractors in relation to projects being delivered over the next couple of years including schools, homes and pharmaceutical services.

A Meet the Buyer event is taking place from 8am until 10am on Tuesday, November 1 at the Craig Suite in Dundee’s Invercarse Hotel, with interested parties welcome to come along.

Upcoming projects for Robertson Tayside include construction of Coldside Primary, development of the North East Campus, which will see several aging primary schools and nurseries come together, and construction of a pharmaceutical facility in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital.

Robertson Partnership Homes is to carry out more than £30m of work in the area including construction of 150 properties at Derby Street and around 60 homes at Finavon Street, Fintry.

Trades required for the contracts include specialists in scaffolding, joinery and civil engineering. Bricklayers, decorators and kitchen fitters are being sought, as are specialists in windows and doors.

Anyone looking for more information on the Meet the Buyer business breakfast should contact Robertson Tayside on 01382 747400 or Robertson Partnership Homes on 01786 431600.

Procurement Strategies

October 24, 2016

Contracting authorities are required to prepare and publish their first procurement strategies by 31 December 2016. The first procurement strategy must cover the remainder of the contracting authority’s 2016/17 financial year and its full 2017/18 financial year.

Purpose
1. The SPPN ( Scottish Procurement Policy Note) provides details of how a contracting authority should notify Scottish Ministers of the publication of its procurement strategy.
Action Required
2. All contracting authorities with an annual regulated procurement spend above or equal to £5 million must produce an organisational procurement strategy under section 15 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014…. read more

Cyber Resilience Voucher for micro and SME businesses

DigitalTechnology has revolutionised the way we do business today, but are you taking the correct precautions to ensure you are using digital technology safely?

Digital Scotland Support

Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership is providing the Cyber Resilience Voucher for micro and SME businesses to help them take these basic steps.

Know the risk

Businesses from across different industries and sectors are targeted by cyber criminals on a daily basis for financial gain or to steal their customer data and intellectual property.  Research has shown that although SMEs are among those under threat, they often underestimate their risk.

Last year, more than 60% of SMEs in Scotland experienced a security breach but 65% still think they are not a target. Nearly 40% spend nothing on security.

The average financial cost of a cyber attack for an SME in Scotland is £3,000. However this is just the tip of the iceberg for many with several businesses suffering a seriously damaged reputation, denied access to business critical services such as customer details or their website taken offline denying them access to their sales channels.

Digital innovation lauded at Herald awards as Equator wins top accolade

DIGITAL agency Equator was last night named the best in the business, as it won the Digital Agency Award at the 2016 Scottish Digital Business Awards in association with DigitalBoost.

The event was organised by The Herald, and supported by Business Gateway, Enigma People Solutions, Wheatley Group, s1jobs, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, SQA and FanDuel.

Equator won the top prize in recognition of its international reach, client wins and attention to investing in staff and young entrepreneurs.

read more:

High-speed broadband promised in extra 360,000 premises

October 11, 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish government has put digital connectivity at the heart of its agenda, recognising that broadband is vital to the sustainability of our economy and communities.”

The plans will see fibre optic broadband delivered to both urban and rural areas. A total of 125,000 premises in areas including Kilmarnock, Ayr, Prestwick, Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing will benefit.

BBC News – 11th October

Scottish Enterprise Open Innovation Challenges for SMES to develop future technologies and solutions

October 10, 2016

The Scottish Enterprise Open Innovation programme has launched a challenge channel which is increasing demand for innovative solutions in response to solving a range of business problems.

Through support to 13 companies and public sector organisations the team have been collaboratively working to design and launch a series of ‘Innovation Challenges’ for Scottish SMEs who are invited to come forward with expertise, knowledge, fresh thinking and ideas. Both large and small companies are being encouraged to get involved to reap the benefits which include sharing risk and reward, collaboration, making new connections, growing profits and gaining a competitive edge.

Scottish Enterprise is also working in partnership with Innovate UK and a range of public sector organisations to support a series of innovation challenges currently faced by the UK’s public sector.  Through this programme, we are assisting with accessing funding of up to £100,000 to test an idea, and up to £2 million or more to develop or demonstrate solutions in the field.

Please click here for more information

Collaborate to access new Markets

September 22, 2016

Win a £10,000 prize to help you set up a consortium co-operative to access new markets with like-minded businesses.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 18th November 2016

What is a consortium co-operative?

It’s an organisation run in a shared and equal way by its members for their mutual benefit. Members are businesses and the co-operative can be for any purpose which supports them – such as marketing, tendering, innovating or exporting. Find out more here

£5k in cash, £5k in business support

There will be up to five winners, each receiving £5,000 in cash to implement their collaborative idea, Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) support to set up as a consortium co-operative, international advice where appropriate and £5,000 business support from Scottish Enterprise (SE) or Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The objective: Grow your business and access new markets

Your application should show how you and your partners wish to collaborate to take advantage of a new market opportunity that will help your businesses to grow. This could be a new sector or new geographical market – including international markets.  We will award up to two of the 5 prizes to those whose collaboration demonstrates strong international ambitions.

For more information on the Prize, visit our website to request the application form.

Click here for more info on the collaboration-prize-2016

Good luck!

Supplier Development Programme supports the 2016 Scottish Family Business awards

September 14, 2016

Family firms are again being invited to enter one of Scotland’s most prestigious awards schemes.

The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards are being staged for a fifth year, celebrating once more the invaluable contribution family-owned companies make to the Scottish economy, with prizes across 11 categories.

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is delighted to be a supporter of the Rural Family Business of the Year (small/medium) award category.

SDP Programme Manager, Gillian Cameron, said: “We believe that small businesses play an essential role in providing employment and support in rural areas. Our Digital Programme of webinars on how to tender is critical in reaching this audience and we are delighted to support the awards”.

This year’s awards, held in association with Business Gateway, invite entries to a broad range of categories, from rural family businesses and positive customer service to international growth. A new award, celebrating family firms which demonstrate eco-friendly initiatives, has been introduced for the first time.

The judging panel is chaired by Herald business editor Ian McConnell. Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at the Business Gateway National Unit, said: “Winning a business award is far more than simply receiving the accolade. “It is a clear demonstration of the business’s hard work and quality and shows that the company is at the top of its game. It also provides a strong platform for the company to continue its success into the future. “Business Gateway works with thousands of SMEs and family businesses every year and would encourage all eligible businesses to enter.”

To enter please visit The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2016

For more information please contact Lynsay Wong on 0141 302 6082.

All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

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Supplier Development Programme welcomes Scottish Government’s Digital connectivity ambition.

Procurement for delivering 100% superfast broadband access for Scotland will start within the next 12 months.  A Prior Information Notice (PIN) has been published on Public Contracts Scotland to provide potential suppliers with information on the project, with the intention to start procuring these contracts early next year.

The notice can be viewed at: publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Connectivity Fergus Ewing said:

As announced in the Programme for Government, we are putting digital connectivity at the heart of our agenda and delivering 100% superfast broadband for Scotland by the end of the next Parliament is one of our priorities.

“Enhanced digital connectivity will improve the productivity of businesses and help to build economic growth in remote and rural areas, transforming the prospects for those who live there. We are making good progress, having met our interim target of 85% for the whole of Scotland six months ahead of schedule, but there is more we need to do to ensure we achieve our digital ambitions.

“The publication of the PIN  (9/9/16) is the latest step in achieving that ambition and I would encourage all potential suppliers to get involved to help shape our approach.”

 

Gillian Cameron, Programme Manager for the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) commented:

“SDP also welcomed the advancement of superfast broadband across Scotland. Enhanced digital connectivity will ensure those in rural communities can access our free webinars on a range of Tender Training  topics, providing advice on how to tap into the £10b public spend in Scotland”

Supplier Development Programme launches new series of tender training workshops

August 25, 2016

Scotland’s tender training service launches a new programme of free training events for 2016/17.

From next month Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations (including supported businesses) will be able to take advantage of a new range of free procurement-related workshops from the Supplier Development Programme. Covering key topics such as Introduction to Tendering, Using Public Contracts Scotland, and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), the courses will be held across Scotland at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.

In addition to these face-to-face courses, the Programme will also deliver all workshops online via live webinars, which are accessible from a home or office computer.

New for 2016/17

The new programme will take into account all the changes introduced by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, which was implemented in April 2016, and new courses such as Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability aim to help suppliers address issues which are of growing concern to buyers.

Giving suppliers greater access to procurement buyers is a key aim of the Programme, and the new “Talking Tenders” monthly webinar series will offer suppliers the opportunity to hear directly from buyers at Scotland’s Local Authorities about their procurement practices at a local level.

To ensure that suppliers understand the relevant Policy documents that may be required as part of the tender process, a new series of online Policy workshops is also being launched. Delivered by industry experts, these webinars will ensure that suppliers are familiar with the latest standards and documentation required to support their bids.

Gillian Cameron, Programme Manager, said “2016 has brought with it some of the biggest changes in public procurement that we have seen in Scotland, and it’s an exciting time for SME’s in particular to think about entering this £10billion marketplace. Whether you are just starting out and wish to find out about working with the public sector, or if you’re an experienced bidder needing to improve your tender skills, we have a course suitable for you.”

Membership of the Supplier Development Programme is free and open to all Scottish SMEs and third sector bodies/supported organisations. To register, to view the calendar of events and for more information visit www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events.

New EU/Brexit Support Service from the Scottish Government

August 24, 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a new support service for businesses to access reliable and up-to-date information on how the EU Referendum could affect your business.

Your business and the EU Referendum:  You can get reliable, relevant and up-to-date information, and submit questions on the mygov.scot website – a single point of contact for businesses in Scotland

CLICK HERE to access the site

Crown Commercial Services hosting a range of webinars to help SME’s

August 22, 2016

CCS are hosting a range of webinars to help SMEs win government contracts

Whether you just want to learn more about supplying to government, or have written your tender and are ready to submit it, CCS have got a range of informative webinars to help you.

For the next 12 months,  they will be hosting a webinar a month, all hosted by leading industry experts, and giving you the best tips and advice on winning work as a government supplier.

The series kicked off on Thursday 18 August with an Introduction to becoming a government supplier, hosted by CCS’s Deputy Director of Small Business Policy, Cass Chideock and our new Small Business Crown Representative, Emma Jones. The webinar covered:

  • What to do and what not to do to win government business
  • Government’s overall approach to SMEs and why government wants to work with small businesses
  • How CCS are supporting the rest of government on the small business target
  • What we’re doing to help small businesses succeed as government suppliers – including prompt payment and Mystery Shopper
  • How to get the best from Contracts Finder

Details of forthcoming webinars are below

Guidance on becoming a G-Cloud supplier Thursday 1 September 10.00-10.30am

  • An introduction to G-Cloud
  • How you can get your business on the framework
  • Top tips for ensuring your digital or tech services are seen by buyers

Registering for this webinar is easy and should take no more than a minute. Each webinar will be 30 minutes with time for questions and answers.

APUC seek supplier feedback

August 11, 2016

As part of their continuous improvement, APUC Ltd, the centre of procurement expertise for the Higher and Further Education sector, are looking to work with SMEs, Supported Businesses and Third Sector organisations to ensure that they understand and are confident in taking part in the bidding process within this industry.

To help them identify the type of help and training required they are asking suppliers to take part in this short survey which should only take a few minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed using the link below and will be open until Wednesday 31st August 2016.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9QKJWHK

Thank you in advance for your valuable input.

The CivTech® pilot breaks cover

July 26, 2016

The Scottish Government’s CivTech® pilot brings together private sector innovation, public organisations and citizens to develop more efficient and effective products and services, which will translate to new, better, faster and easier experiences for users.

By asking the talented tech community to solve open challenges rather than closed tenders, we open up the public sector to innovative solutions. It’s going to provide an unprecedented route for start-ups and SMEs to bring the benefits of digital transformation to the public sector. And crucially, backed by the Scottish Government, it’s going to create a swift, secure and practical pathway for those businesses to win contracts from the public sector.

Centred around challenges that public sector organisations would like solved, the CivTech® pilot Accelerator will take solutions through an intensive 3 month programme to create and evolve new products and services.

So what does this mean for you?

The public sector – CivTech® pilot’s mission is to stimulate innovation and daring in the public sector by creating an environment in which groundbreaking products and services can be developed – creating more effective and efficient services, better user experiences, and economies. It’s been designed to harness the nation’s innovation skills in the most effective manner possible, and help drive the Scottish Government’s objectives in terms of public sector procurement and digital transformation.

Citizens – Citizens have a vital role to play in co-production. A key tenet of the Scottish Approach to Government is citizen participation, and we will be identifying individuals and/or citizen groups to help co-produce the Challenge solution. We want to make sure that each and every CivTech® pilot idea has the input from the end-user.
Academia – The CivTech® pilot has numerous opportunities for students, graduates and academics. It can be winning a place on the accelerator itself, joining the team for work experience or coming to our networking events (subject to availability).

SMEs – The CivTech® pilot offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the public sector in a meaningful, effective and productive way by solving a Challenge, building a product, and developing a relationship with a major public sector organisation. It’s a chance to build a business, and do some good along the way.

The CivTech® pilot challenges are now live on https://civtech.atlassian.net/ . So if you think that you could solve one of our six challenges relating to Environment, Health and Transport, applications will be received through Public Contracts Scotland (more info about this on the wiki). Closing date Monday 1st August 9:00am.

For more information about how you can get involved with the CivTech® pilot and Accelerator, be it participant, challenge sponsor or for personal interest, contact civtech@gov.scot or follow us on twitter (@CivTechScotland).

CLICK HERE for more information about the challenges

Deadline

Do you need support to deliver an innovative project?

July 4, 2016

Access resources to innovate and grow

Innovation can help you stay ahead of the competition. Start launching new products and services. Sharpen your business development and marketing. Gain competitive advantage in a global environment where changes happen rapidly. It can help you develop more efficient and effective processes and move to higher value position in the supply chain. Upskill your employees. However accessing resources and the right expertise can be challenging. That’s where Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) come in, providing links to the expertise and resources you need to grow your business and stay competitive.

KTP is a world-leading programme that helps businesses succeed by connecting them to the UK’s rich academic resources. It’s a partnership between your business, a university and a recently qualified graduate – known as the Associate. The Associate will work on your site to embed the expertise of the academic team and bring their own skills to deliver a project which could mean anything from introducing new products to changing the company’s direction.

Any company can apply. The university will employ your associate, even though they’ll work mostly at your premises. Your associate will then start working to make your project happen.

Funding your project

Your project can last between 12 months and three years. If you’re a small or medium-sized business, funding will cover two-thirds of the project cost, leaving an average of around £22,000 a year for your company to pay. If you’re part of a larger company, funding will cover around half of the project cost, leaving an average of around £33,000 a year to pay. That’s great value, especially as evidence show that businesses, who invest in R&D and innovation grow twice as fast and have higher exports compared to non-innovators.

To collaborate with Strathclyde Business School and find out more about how KTP can accelerate innovation and growth in your business, email Dr Aylin Ates (aylin.ates@strath.ac.uk) or visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knowledge-transfer-partnerships-what-they-are-and-how-to-apply

Click here for more information

Inverclyde business can tap into £1bn City deal opportunity

June 13, 2016

Businesses in Inverclyde have a chance to tap into public sector contracts as part of the City Deal.

For, Inverclyde Council is bringing the City Deal partners to Greenock to allow local businesses to find out more about the opportunities available as part of the £1bn City Deal.

The event will be held at the Beacon Arts Centre on Thursday 16 June.

Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Being involved in the City Deal brings investment to Inverclyde for the projects the council is delivering. It also opens up opportunities for our local businesses to access contracts. The City Deal is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get £1bn investment into delivering major infrastructure projects across the Glasgow city region.

“In each of these projects there are opportunities for our local businesses and this supplier event is a key chance for Inverclyde-based businesses to meet the right people to find out more. Also, if you’ve never bid for a public sector contract are have been unsuccessful in the past, the councils have joined forces through the supplier development programme to offer practical help to local businesses to get themselves ‘contract ready’. To find out more, come along on 16 June to find out what the big deal is with the City Deal.”

Inverclyde is one of eight councils across the west of Scotland delivering innovate projects aimed at boosting economic growth.

Inverclyde’s projects as part of the City Deal include the extension of the quayside at Greenock Ocean Terminal to secure the long term sustainability of the crucial cruise ship market and unlocking infrastructure at Inverkip to promote development of the former power station site.

In addition to Inverclyde, there are projects being delivered in nearby Renfrewshire, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire as well as in both South and North Lanarkshire councils.

The Supplier Development Programme provides a series of events to support businesses of all sizes with varying levels of experience of tendering for public sector contracts.  More details are available from the Supplier Development Programme website.

Book your place for the Glasgow City Region City Deal supplier event – Inverclyde online at www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events

The event takes place on Thursday 16 June from 9am until noon at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.

Scotland-based SMEs can apply for £1500 vouchers to achieve Cyber Essentials certification

May 31, 2016

The voucher scheme, developed by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership, follows a report that showed that one in ten Scotland-based small businesses are not concerned about or prepared for a cyber attack. Moreover, 19% of small businesses admitted not taking any action to prevent or avoid a cyber attack

To overcome these major cyber security concerns and help businesses improve their cyber security, the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership has introduced a voucher scheme offering £1,500 to help Scottish SMEs achieve certification to Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus.

The voucher scheme demonstrates that it “is an award to help organisations secure the services of an industry expert to help them with their cyber security strategy. This expert will also be able to answer any questions they might have to help them get their systems sense checked by the Cyber Essentials UK Government Standard. The voucher is of the value of up to £1.5k per company”. To find out about the voucher scheme – please click here.

The application form can be accessed via your HIE, SE or Business Gateway contact.

Cyber Essentials (CE) is a cyber security certification scheme that sets out a baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations. The scheme requires five key security controls to prevent “around 80% of cyber attacks”.

What free support would help you save energy, water and waste?

May 15, 2016

Resource Efficient Scotland runs popular, free training events and develops supporting resources to help Scottish organisations use energy, raw materials and water more efficiently. Their aim is to help all organisations in Scotland save money and reduce environmental impact.

They would like to better understand what help you may need in the future by knowing what steps you’ve already taken and any new initiatives you are planning. Just 5 minutes of your time will help Resource Efficient Scotland continue to offer training and resources that you and your business would value most. Please click here to share your views before the survey closes at noon on 26 May.

Energy Saving Trust and the Supplier Development Programme launch new procurement guide to help companies bid more successfully

May 9, 2016

A new guide for suppliers of energy efficient products and services has been launched to help ‘break down’ barriers SMEs face in dealing with paperwork and procurement.

The new Sustainable Energy Supply Chain Procurement Guide, Bid better for public sector contracts, has been produced following research identifying the paperwork and administration associated with energy efficiency and renewable installations are key obstacles for SMEs operating in the sector.

Published by the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) Scotland, it is hoped the publication will help businesses more easily negotiate the red tape and boost their trade.

Mike Thornton, Director of the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, said: “There is still a long way to go to improve the efficiency of Scotland’s buildings and, subsequently, the well-being of householders.

“The Scottish Government, local authorities and social landlords have a significant part to play in this and consequently many of the opportunities are public sector contracts. Therefore it is important that energy efficiency installers, assessors, consultants and other suppliers have the skills to bid effectively for these contracts.

“Our research clearly identified paperwork as the greatest barrier facing SMEs in the low carbon and renewables sector. Our guide has been specifically designed to address this by explaining the key elements of public sector procurement in order to make it less onerous for SME suppliers.”

The guide gives key advice and tips on how to improve the quality of bids for public sector contracts and provides information on the various opportunities available to suppliers of energy efficiency products and services.

It also underlines the importance of SMEs registering with Public Contracts Scotland, the portal through which all public sector opportunities are listed for tender.

Gillian Cameron, Manager of SDP Scotland said: “The Programme is delighted to be working with the Energy Saving Trust to support SMEs in this sector. With the recent changes to the procurement legislation such as the introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) this guide will prove invaluable to ensure that businesses can bid effectively.”

Mike Thornton also added: “Tackling the country’s carbon emissions is a key component of the Scottish Government’s plans, with energy efficiency designated a national infrastructure priority last summer.

“There are huge opportunities for the sector. Currently, more than half a million solid-wall homes are not insulated and 15 per cent of the nation’s properties are off the gas grid.

“Furthermore, the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) means that by 2020, no social property will have an energy efficiency rating lower than a C or a D, and many public sector landlords will have to improve their stock to reach this.

“The volume of work this offers means it is essential Scotland’s SMEs register with Public Contract Scotland now and take advantage of the new business prospects it offers.”

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/procurement-guide. To register with Public Contract Scotland, visit http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.

In addition to the guide, the Energy Saving Trust is also organising a series of free to attend workshops, in Inveraray on June 1, Perth on June 7, Dumfries on June 8 and Edinburgh on June 9.

To book, or for more information, log on to www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/procurement-guide.

The Scottish Government’s eInvoicing Solution

April 27, 2016

National eInvoicing Solution

As eInvoicing will become the predominant method of invoicing, the Scottish Government is currently rolling out a national solution across the Scottish public sector.The key driver for the Scottish Government deploying an eInvoicing solution is the introduction of the EU eInvoicing Directive.

The purpose of the attached supplier guide is to provide suppliers to the Scottish public sector with the necessary information to ensure that they are aware of how to issue invoices via the eInvoicing solution as well as the format and content required for the eInvoice. The solution is very straight forward and only requires that an invoice – automatically generated from your accounting package, is sent to a unique email address set-up for each public sector body who uses the eInvoicing solution.

Click here to read the National eInvoicing Solution Supplier Guidance  including all the benefits of eInvoicing.

MoD announces measures to boost SME spend

April 25, 2016

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a series of measures that will reduce the bureaucratic burden for SMEs and enable them to work more easily with the government.

The MoD currently spend £4bn a year with small firms, and now intent to do more to tap into the innovation of SMEs in their supply chain. One aspect of the changes is to introduce a new tool for suppliers that will guide them on how to obtain target funding for certain opportunities with the government.

Read more on the new MoD policy

Bid process for £65m Glasgow housing project launches

April 8, 2016

The tender process for the largest housing project of its type outside of London, will launch later this month on April 18.

Companies are being invited by Glasgow City Council (GCC) to pitch for contracts worth in the region of £65 million as part of the major regeneration of Sighthill in Glasgow. This round of procurement includes 650 new homes, 450 of which will be for private sale and up to 200 will be sold directly to a local housing association (LHA) for mid-market rent.

Read the full story here

European Single Procurement Document (Scotland) supplier guidance now available

March 24, 2016

The new EU Procurement Directives made provision for the introduction of a European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) which is intended by the European Commission to remove some of the barriers to participation in public procurement, especially for SMEs.

The ESPD (Scotland) will replace the requirement for suppliers to provide up-front evidence or certificates by allowing them to self-declare that they meet the relevant selection and exclusion criteria. Bidders will be asked to provide proof of this at a later stage.

From Monday 18 April 2016 all Scottish public bodies must issue and accept the ESPD for all procurements worth more than the EU thresholds. This will replace the standard pre-qualification questionnaire (sPQQ) and any local PQQs used by public bodies.

CLICK HERE to view the FAQ document from Scottish Government regarding the changes.

Further information on the changes on ESPD can be found in the Scottish Procurement Policy Note 06/2016

Legislation guidance now available

March 18, 2016

Scottish Procurement have published statutory guidance to support the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and the wider application of the new procurement legislation in Scotland. The guidance can be viewed at http://www.gov.scot/publications/2016/03/8410

Further guidance on the new legislation, including the new ESPD and any system specific guidance, will be issued in the near future.

Introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)

March 14, 2016

SDP have been working with the Scottish Government ahead of the implementation of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD). The ESPD is intended by the European Commission to remove some of the barriers to participation in public procurement, especially for SMEs. It will replace the requirement for suppliers to provide up-front evidence or certificates by allowing them to self-declare that they:

• meet the relevant selection criteria
• do not fall within an exclusion clause (or, if they do, they can demonstrate that they have taken self-cleaning measures)

The ESPD will be mandatory for use by contracting authorities in Scotland from 18 April 2016 and will replace the standard pre-qualification questionnaire (SPQQ), and any other PQQs that Scottish contracting authorities are currently using. Work is currently being undertaken to map the new ESPD questions to the existing sPQQ questions, in order to minimise the impact on suppliers that have already stored information on the electronic version of the sPQQ contained within the PCS-Tender system.

As the ESPD will be generic and the same for all of the EU member States, buyers will have to set out the specific requirements and minimum standards into their contract notices. Suppliers will use the ESPD response to indicate whether or not they have complied with the minimum standards and any other requirements set out in the contract notice. When a contract is awarded, the successful bidder will the be required to provide proof that they meet these criteria.

Read more on the Scottish Government website

Do you have ideas on how to make Scottish Procurement more SME friendly?

March 4, 2016

Edinburgh Napier student Declan Walkden is asking Scottish SME’s to contribute to a Dissertation project looking into Scottish Government Procurement and how it effects SME businesses based in Scotland.

The outcome of the Dissertation is hoping to propose new ways in which Scottish Procurement can be more SME friendly. The Survey takes a total of 8 minutes to complete and is made to be completely anonymous. The information received from this survey will not be sold to any third parties and will only be used for this dissertation. Please complete by 17th March at 11.55am.

Follow the link to complete the survey: https://survey.napier.ac.uk/n/zz228.aspx

If anyone has any questions regarding the aims of the survey or dissertation please contact Declan by email at declanjrwalkden@aol.com.

Get involved in Lanarkshire Business week!

February 16, 2016

Whether you’re a start up, a growing or established business, the Lanarkshire Business Week has something for everyone. Now in its 5th year Lanarkshire Business Week will take place from 29th February to 4th March 2016, building on its previous success and fast becoming one of the highlights in the business calendar in the area.

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) which offers free procurement and tender training to Scottish SMe’s, are hosting a series of workshops at various locations throughout the week. So whether you are new to tendering or just want to find out how to work with North and South Lanarkshire Councils then there will be a workshop for you.

The Free Workshops Include:

  • Completing a PQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire)
  • hub South West – Lanarkshire Supplier Showcase & Lanarkshire Councils Meet the Buyer Event
  • Is the Public Sector For You?
  • What the Buyer looks for in your tender

For more details on these workshops plus other business support events happening please visit: http://chooselanarkshire.com/business/lanarkshire-business-week/

To find out more about the Supplier Development Programme please visit https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/

 

Glasgow to host event outlining community benefits and opportunities of Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal

January 15, 2016

The £1.13billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal will deliver tens of thousands of jobs over the next few decades, but also a great deal of community benefit, and a series of free events will give businesses involved or interested in City Deal contracts more detail

The next of these will take place on 25 January at Glasgow City Chambers in an event hosted by Glasgow City Council and the Supplier Development Programme of this City Deal.  The opportunities available will be discussed, as well as the training and support on offer to help SMEs, contractors and suppliers get ‘tender-ready’.

The City Deal will bring these tens of thousands of jobs to Glasgow and the Clyde Valley over the next few decades through 20 major infrastructure projects; driving innovation and growth through the support of key sectors such as life sciences; and addressing challenges in the region’s labour market.

The partner local authorities in this City Deal have developed a Community Benefits strategy with the aim of maximising the social, environmental and economic benefit of the contracts awarded to deliver the 20 projects.

The key commitments within this strategy include:

  • The use of contractual and voluntary commitments from suppliers to maximise the delivery of community benefits on City Deal contracts
  • All relevant contracts will incorporate community benefits, with all contracts with a value of over £50,000 targeting specific community benefit outcomes
  • Development of a Community Benefits menu aligned to key priorities for economic development across the region
  • Development of a points-based evaluation model
  • Regular monitoring and reporting will be undertaken at a City Deal programme level

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This City Deal is a fantastic opportunity for the businesses, organisations and people of the area, and we are determined to ensure that as many people as possible benefit.  These events will explain our plans around community benefit, and I look forward to the event in Glasgow City Chambers on 25 January.”

All contracts in this City Deal include an obligation for suppliers – where they have no established supply chain – to advertise sub-contracting opportunities on Public Contracts Scotland, providing greater access to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Organisations interested in attending the event on 25 January should register at:

https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events/glasgow-clyde-valley-city-deal-supplier-event-glasgow/.

Both the UK and Scottish Governments will give the Glasgow and Clyde Valley local authorities £500million in grant funding for the City Deal, and the local authorities will borrow a further £130million to use for capital investment.

The City Deal is expected to give Glasgow and Clyde Valley a permanent uplift in its GVA of £2.2billion per annum (4.4%); generate 15,000 construction jobs during the construction period and 28,000 permanent additional jobs once construction is complete; and will unlock £3.3billion of private sector investment.

The eight local authorities participating in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal are: East Dunbartonshire Council; East Renfrewshire Council; Glasgow City Council; Inverclyde Council; North Lanarkshire Council; Renfrewshire Council; South Lanarkshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council.  All of these local authorities will be represented at the event on 25 January.

How to sell digital outcomes, specialists and user research services to government on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework.

January 14, 2016

Public sector organisations, including agencies and arm’s length bodies, use the Digital Marketplace to find cloud-based services, specialists who can work on digital projects and physical data centre space. If you want to supply any of these things to government, you need to apply to be on the relevant framework.

Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework

The public sector can use the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework on the Digital Marketplace to find digital specialists to help them deliver a digital project.

Digital Outcomes and Specialists services include:

  • a digital outcome, e.g. a beta of an NHS appointment booking system
  • digital specialists, e.g. a product manager or developers
  • user research studios
  • user research participants

If you want to sell these services on the Digital Marketplace, you need to apply to Digital Outcomes and Specialists and provide your service details.  The latest contract notice has been issued via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and suppliers until 19th January 2016 to respond. You can view the notice here.

Digital Outcomes and Specialists is open to suppliers of all sizes. Previously, smaller suppliers may have found it difficult to invest time and resources in the lengthy application process. The simplified application process creates a fairer and more competitive marketplace.

Subcontracting and consortia

Suppliers can work with each other by subcontracting or forming consortia. The supplier guidance and legal documentation includes:

  • the call-off and framework agreement, which cover information on subcontracting
  • the Invitation to Tender (ITT), which provides guidance on forming consortia

The Digital Outcomes and Specialists supplier guide contains all the information about who can apply, and how to apply.

Suppliers should however note that on average a contract notice will be issued every 6 to 9 months and so if you miss this opportunity you can prepare for the next occasion.

Scottish SMEs rates relief scheme to remain in place into 2017

January 11, 2016

The Scottish government has announced that its Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS), which offers discounted rates for eligible small businesses, will continue through the year and into 2017.

The SBBS offers rate reliefs for firms with non-domestic properties with a combined rateable value of up to £35,000. Those with business properties with a combined rateable value of less than £10,000 may be exempt from paying anything.

Read the full story here

New changes to the value of contracts required to be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Journal (OJEU).

January 5, 2016

The European Commission has announced the new thresholds for European procurement for the period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017. Public contracts with an estimated value exceeding these thresholds must, in principle, follow the European procurement process according to the applicable regulations.

Procurement regulations set out the rules by which public bodies must abide when carrying out the process of advertising contracts; the EU Thresholds indicate the value for the tendering of goods, works or services which must be advertised through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

The threshold amounts are adjusted every two years based on the average daily value of the Euro and they show a decrease from the previous period. For example, a Local Authority contract for a service or the supply of goods had to be over the value £172,514 to be advertised in OJEU, the new Thresholds means it will require to be advertised in the OJEU over the value of £164,176.  The amounts are exclusive of VAT and make a distinction between central and local authorities.

But help is on hand for Scottish SMe’s– why not attend the Supplier Development Programme’s free workshops and webinars providing you with support on how to tender and bid better.

The new thresholds apply to all public contracting authorities, this includes central government departments, their executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, and the wider public sector ( such as local authorities,  the NHS, Emergency Services as well as Housing Associations to name a few).

 Read the Scottish Procurement Policy Note including details of the EU Threshold values.

Summary of changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland

December 21, 2015

From 18th April 2016 a number of changes to public procurement regulations in Scotland will come into effect. These changes aim to make public contracts more accessible for small and medium sized businesses, and so a number of clauses have been introduced to this end. Amongst other things, the key changes affecting SME’s are:

  • The minimum time limits for procurement exercises have been reduced, meaning that contracts can be put in place more quickly.
  • The minimum level of annual turnover which a contracting authority can require a business to have in order to bid will now be limited to no more than two times the value of the contract, apart from in exceptional circumstances. This should have the effect of making it easier for smaller businesses to bid for public work.
  • There is a new ground for exclusion which deals with breaches of social, environmental and employment law obligations. When a contracting authority can demonstrate by any appropriate means that a business has breached one of these obligations, it may, at its discretion, choose to exclude that business from bidding for contracts.
  • The concept of a European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) is introduced. This will allow businesses to complete one document containing their basic selection and exclusion information and use this in competitions across Europe, building on the progress made in Scotland through the development of the standard pre-qualification questionnaire.
  • The Scottish Model of Procurement places an emphasis on value for money being a result of an appropriate balance between cost, quality and sustainability. In line with the consultation feedback, the Scottish Government has therefore decided to make it clear in law that contracts should never be awarded on the sole basis of lowest price or lowest cost.
  • Contracting authorities will still be able to reserve contracts to supported businesses. The public procurement directive has changed the definition of supported business for this purpose, however. Currently, a contracting authority can reserve contracts to supported businesses if at least 50 per cent of their work force is disabled. Under the new rules, a contracting authority will be able to reserve contracts to supported businesses or supported employment programmes whose main aim is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons, and where at least 30 per cent of the employees are disabled or disadvantaged persons.
  • A contracting authority must now consider dividing its requirements into smaller lots, which might encourage smaller businesses to bid. Where an authority decides not to do this, it must explain why it has not done so. Contracting authorities will be able to award more than one lot to the same tenderer, and may award contracts combining several or all lots when they have indicated in the contract notice that they might do this.

More information on these changes can be found on the Scottish Government Website.

Scottish Government response to the Changes to the Public Procurement Rules in Scotland Consultation

December 18, 2015

The Scottish Government’s formal response to the consultation on ‘Changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland’ was published today (18th December 2015).  It outlines their intended approach, for improving public procurement, by simplifying the process further, supporting wider public policy aims and improving supplier access to public contracts.

The response is available to view at Scottish Government – Publications

CONSULTATION BACKGROUND

The new EU Procurement Directives introduced both mandatory and discretionary elements.  These discretionary elements and the plans to implement these were the main focus of a public consultation that ran from 9 February 2015 until 30 April 2015.

The changes to the public procurement rules arise as a result of:

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

  • EU Directive 2014/24/EU on Directive on public sector contracts, replacing Directive 2004/18/EU;
  • EU Directive 2014/25/EU on utility contracts, replacing Directive 2004/17/EU; and
  • EU Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts, which does not directly replace any previous Directive.

The three EU Procurement Directives, which came into force in April 2014, give Member States a number of decisions on implementing particular provisions into national law and must be implemented into new Scottish Regulations by 18 April 2016.

The responses to the consultation helped inform the development of secondary legislation implementing the new Directives as well as secondary legislation and statutory guidance arising from the Act. The non-confidential responses to the public consultation along with a report analysing those responses were published on 10 August 2015.

The Supplier Development Programme provides free tender training workshops for Scottish SMe’s. These workshops will include details of the changes, to find an event near you or an online webinar please visit www.sdpscotland.co.uk .

Contracts registers now available on PCS

December 16, 2015

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 requires all public sector contracting organisations to keep and maintain a contract register, and to provide an internet-based publicly viewable version of it from 18 April 2016.

Many buying organisations already have such a register available on their organisation’s websites, but buyers now have the ability to list this information on Public Contracts Scotland.

To view an organisation’s Contracts Register visit the PCS website www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk, then click the “Buyers” tab at the top of the page.

Festive opening hours

December 7, 2015

The SDP office will be closed on the following dates

24th December: email support only
25th – 28th December: Closed
1st – 4th January: Closed

Usual office hours are Monday – Thursday, 8.45am – 4.45pm. Friday 8.45am – 4.15pm.

New waste regulations for Scottish businesses

November 18, 2015

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations are in effect. All organisations, big or small, should be recycling their plastic, metal, glass,paper and card or risk a fine. From 1 January 2016 macerators are banned and urban food businesses (such as cafés, restaurants & other premises preparing or selling food) producing over 5kg of waste weekly will need to recycle food waste too.

For free advice and support on managing your waste and how to save money, visit: www.resourceefficientscotland.com/regulations

Co-operative Development Scotland launch £50k Collaboration Prize

Have you ever considered collaborating with other businesses to help your business grow?  Setting up a consortium co-operative could help you take advantage of bigger business opportunities allowing you to collaborate on activities such as marketing, tendering, innovating or exporting.

If you apply for the Collaboration Prize 2015 you could access the support you need to get started.

The Prize will be awarded to up to five winners, £5,000 in cash to implement their idea, as well as Co-operative Development Scotland support to set up as a consortium co-operative and £5,000 consultancy support from Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Applications are open from 12th November until 17th December.

Find out more about the prize and apply here 

Guidance released on Fair Work Practices in public contracts

October 27, 2015

From 1st November 2015 public bodies across Scotland will be required to consider whether to include a question on fair work practices, including the Living Wage,  when issuing public contracts.

To support this, the Scottish Government has produced guidance for Buyers on how to evaluate fair work practices  when selecting tenderers and awarding contracts. The guidance makes clear that the Scottish Government considers payment of the Living Wage to be a significant indicator of an employer’s commitment to fair work practices and that the payment of the Living Wage is one of the clearest ways that an employer can demonstrate that it takes a positive approach to its workforce. However, the guidance also emphasises that whilst failure to pay the Living Wage would be a strong negative indicator it does not mean that the supplier automatically fails to meet fair work standards.

The Fair Work guidance is the first piece of statutory guidance to be published in support of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.  The 3 new EU Procurement Directives will be transposed into Scottish Regulations by spring next year.

For further information please follow the link below:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/10/2086/

Support for smaller businesses to share in £1.13 billion City Deal

October 23, 2015

Small and medium size businesses (SMEs) in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley area can find out for free how they might share in over a billion pounds worth of investment being delivered through the City Deal.

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the Councils for North and South Lanarkshire, Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde.

Over the next 20 years a total of 26 projects will be put out to contract under the umbrella of City Deal generating countless opportunities for SMEs to benefit as subcontractors delivering all kinds of goods and services.

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP), the tender training programme for Scotland, will be working closely with the City Deal team to offer support to SMEs to develop the skills they need to identify and bid for those opportunities.

In its first major City Deal event the SDP along with North and South Lanarkshire Council is to host a free information event for SME’s.

Taking place in The Banqueting Suite at South Lanarkshire Council’s Headquarters in Hamilton the event has three key goals:

  • To ensure SMEs know about the opportunities City Deal is bringing
  • To advise those businesses on how to be ready to benefit from City Deal
  • To raise awareness about SDP and the support it can offer

Throughout the morning of Friday 6th November the City Deal Supplier Engagement Event will feature speakers from both Lanarkshire Councils and SDP who will provide an overview of what the £1.13 billion City Deal will mean for Lanarkshire and how local businesses can prepare themselves for the opportunities that will arise..

There will also be a mini trade fair with representatives from each of the 8 City Deal council areas available to discuss up and coming and potential projects in their areas and business support agencies will be on hand to advise of the next steps to take.

Places are however limited so booking through the SDP website is essential: www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events/glasgow-and-clyde-valley-city-deal-supplier-event-lanarkshire/

Speakers from both Councils will provide an overview of what the £1.13 billion City Deal will mean for Lanarkshire and how local businesses can prepare themselves for the opportunities that will arise. Representatives from each of the 8 City Deal council areas will be available to discuss up and coming and potential projects in their areas and business support agencies will be on hand to advise of the next steps to take.

Gillian Cameron, SDP manager said “This is the first in what we hope will be a series of SME events across the City Deal regions. It’s an excellent opportunity for businesses to come along and see what City Deal could mean for them.

“We would particularly encourage attendance from businesses with a civil engineering or construction focus, although anyone interested in increasing  their awareness of the City Deal projects, potential opportunities and the training and support on offer to help SME contractors and suppliers get tender ready will benefit from attending the event”

To find out more and book this free event visit the Supplier Development Programme website www.sdpscotland.co.uk

Public Procurement Workshops– Tendering for Energy Efficiency and Renewables Contracts

September 25, 2015

The Energy Saving Trust with funding from the Scottish Government and in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme are organising a series of free to attend tendering workshops to help SME contractors and suppliers become more successful at writing winning tender submissions.


Renewable Energy and National Infrastructure Priorities including Energy Efficiency for domestic and non-domestic buildings in Scotland has the potential to create 40,000 jobs throughout the supply chain and involves over £30 Billion of investment as part of The Scottish Government’s 2020 Routemap to reduce emissions, strengthen energy security and increase local ownership.

This will create a vibrant market place for contractors and suppliers to bid for public contracts.

However, many good companies are unsuccessful when they bid for public contracts as they are unable to translate their otherwise successful approach to business into a public sector context. The one day workshops will provide bidders in this market place, with the skills and tools to bid for energy efficiency and renewables contracts in the public sector.

The workshops are designed for motivated contractors and suppliers who want to understand public procurement and learn to bid better.

What will be covered?

The Workshops topics will include,

  • Why are the Public Procurement Regulations important?
  • Selling to the public sector and why it is different?
  • Finding opportunities
  • Prequalification
  • Do you really know what you are “selling”?
  • Who are you “selling” to?
  • Invitation to tender
  • Most economically advantageous tender
  • What to do if you are unsuccessful
  • Writing better bids – top tips – for public (and private) sector bids.

These workshops are open to any SME supplier involved with low carbon retrofit work looking to win contracts relating to energy efficiency and renewables in the domestic and non-domestic sector.

 

Click below for more information on the location and how to book your place to attend

Inverness 4th November

Orkney 5th November

Glasgow  17th November

Dunfermline 24 November 

 

Launch of the new national Procurement Journey

The new and improved online Procurement Journey will be launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown at Procurex on 6 October 2015.

The new Procurement Journey, which will be hosted on a new platform, benefits from both design and content improvements which are intended to address many of the issues raised through last year’s users survey. Thank you again to all who took part.

The improvements include :

Design
  • improved navigational tools
  • an interactive decision matrix which takes users straight to the appropriate route for their procurement
  • an internal search engine to help users find any particular piece of guidance they require
  • an internal document library containing all documents and templates
  • an option for users to receive alerts when any piece of guidance is changed or updated
Content
  • a new Leadership and Governance section aimed at Heads of Procurement/ Senior Managers
  • the new Procurement and Commercial Improvement Programme (PCIP), which replaces the Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA)
  • an updated evaluation matrix which works in the same way as PCS-Tender
  • improved fraud awareness and prevention guidance
  • improved commercial awareness guidance
  • general updates to guidance

Both the new and the existing Procurement Journey will run in parallel for two weeks to allow users to update their bookmarks, links etc.

Further information will be provided soon, but if you have any questions, please contact us through the existing Procurement Journey feedback link.

New subcontracting opportunities on PCS

September 11, 2015

One of the UK’s largest infrastructure programmes is now listed on the PCS subcontracting facility and is set to offer a huge range of opportunities for Scottish-based businesses.

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal will fund major infrastructure projects; create thousands of new jobs and assist thousands of unemployed people back to work; improve public transport / transport infrastructure; drive business innovation and growth through the support of key sectors such as life sciences and generate billions of pounds of private sector investment. This will be delivered through a programme of work which will greatly add to the value of the local economy over the next 20 years.

The City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight Local Authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

The partnership of eight neighbouring Local Authorities has secured £1.13 billion, the largest City Deal in the UK, which will focus improvement in the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley through 26 projects.     Click here to read more

SDP is supporting the Clyde Valley City Deal click here for more information on the upcoming City Deal ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Lanarkshire.

How could your business  benefit from the City Deal,  visit our dedicated page Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal for more info.

SDP’s free training programme is designed to ensure local home grown suppliers can Find and Win contracts click on the calendar for training  near you.

 

Spotlight on Family Business at Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2015

August 31, 2015

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is proud to sponsor the Rural Family Business (Small) Category at The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2015, in association with Business Gateway.

Now in their fourth year the awards will recognise and reward family businesses of all sizes and all sectors in Scotland, celebrating the success of the diverse, dynamic and innovative family business sector.

Councillor Chris Thompson chair of The Supplier Development Programme said: “Family businesses are a cornerstone of the economy, supporting local people and communities across the country. The majority of SME’s in Scotland are family owned and deliver unrivalled products, services and customer care.

“The Supplier Development Programme is proud to support these businesses by delivering free procurement training, and to sponsor The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards as a way of recognising their great efforts and enterprise.”

Entry to the Awards is now open at www.herald-events.com/familybusiness. All entries must be received by the closing date of 1st October.

CLICK HERE for more information on Supplier Development Programme’s free tender training programme

New free procurement training programme for Scottish SME’s launched

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) – Scotland’s free tender training service for SME’s – has launched a new programme of tender training events.

This year will see changes in Procurement with the introduction of the Reform Act and the SDP is on hand to help businesses understand the up and coming changes within public sector tendering.

The new Programme has been designed to ensure that SME’s can easily progress through the various different course levels with free events in or near their business location, plus many of the courses can be accessed online via webinar, reducing the time burden on small businesses being out of the office.

The Programme includes a wealth of new courses, including “hot topics” such as Community Benefits and Sustainable Procurement, as well as core issues such as finding contracts and completing PQQs. So whether you are just starting out and wish to find out about how to work with the public sector or need to improve your tender skills, SDP will have a course for you. CLICK HERE to browse and book a course and get tender ready.

NDEP Workshop Procurement

August 20, 2015

Scottish Enterprise on behalf of the National Digital Engagement Programme (NDEP) partnership (SE, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway) is seeking to establish a framework to develop themes, content and deliver a series of digital technology workshops as part of the programme.

The NDEP programme will offer services for small to medium enterprises, to provide them with advanced digital advice, offering them development of their technical ability through services that will include: digital health checks, online guides, webinars, workshops and one-to-one specialist support at a level not currently available to them.  The aim of the NDEP is to raise awareness, knowledge and assist adoption of digital technology as it affects SMEs, to enable them to enter new markets, trade internationally and increase business efficiencies and indirectly increasing staff.  The aim of the workshops is to help move businesses along the digital maturity continuum.  We are therefore seeking suppliers with a strong knowledge of businesses digital needs at a local level.

If this tender is of interest to you please visit http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=AUG217909.  You will need to register your interest in order to gain access to the PQQ document.

Some things to note:

  • You must submit your completed pre-qualification questionnaires through the secure post-box on Public Contracts Scotland no later than 12:00 midday on Thursday 17 September 2015.
  • The post-box facility will not accept any submissions after the deadline and it is the responsibility of suppliers to ensure submissions are received before the deadline.
  •  No other electronic submissions will be accepted by Scottish Enterprise before the closing date or as a substitute for that on the post-box facility.
  •  No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

An automated email confirmation will be sent to confirm successful despatch of the submissions. If you do not receive this email you should contact Public Contracts Scotland before the deadline

Procurex Scotland Live 2015

August 5, 2015

We’re excited to be exhibiting at Procurex Scotland Live 2015!

Bringing together public sector buyers and suppliers from across Scotland and the UK, this year’s event will take place at the SECC, Glasgow on Tuesday 6th October.

Procurex Live Scotland 2015

Procurex Scotland Live 2015 will host a range of interactive features, designed to maximise engagement with key public procurement organisations, in addition to enhancing knowledge and skills. The entire event has been specifically designed to maximise the opportunity of developing and winning business, with the public sector.

Once again partnering with the Scottish Government, Procurex Scotland Live is proud to host the Scottish Government’s 11th National Procurement Conference which attracts buyers, heads of department and contract managers responsible for managing the national public procurement expenditure of over £10 billion a year. This year’s speakers include Ainslie McLaughlin, Director of Procurement and Commercial at Scottish Government and Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities

To find out more and book this event click here to visit the Procurex Scotland Live website.

 

Thousands of SMe’s could be missing out on Quick Quote Opportunities

June 4, 2015

Public_Contracts_Scotland_LogoThe Supplier Development Programme (SDP)–Scotland’s free tender training service for SMe’s believe that many businesses are unaware how to properly use the Public Contracts Scotland website to maximise their chances of participating in contract opportunities.

Public Contracts Scotland is the national advertising website for Scottish public sector organisations to post their contract opportunities. It also allows contracting authorities to invite suppliers to submit online quotations.  In order to be invited to submit a quote, suppliers must ensure that not only have they registered on www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk , but also need to complete their supplier profile and make sure it is set to “public” to ensure that buyers can find them.

Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager said

with contracting authorities regularly using the online quote service to source suppliers for lower-value contracts (typically £50,000 or less) , SMe’s need to be aware of the importance of correctly completing their supplier profile to be visible to the buying community”

 

Improve your Tender Performance at the Royal Concert Hall

gch3Supplier Development Programme and Scotland Excel are urging businesses to book their place at a new Supplier Development Event hosted by the two organisations at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 11th June. Over 700 delegates have already registered to attend the free event which features a ‘Meet The Buyer’ networking session with over 40 Scottish public sector buying organisations as well as business training seminars on a range of topics on tendering .

Bringing together buyers and support agencies from across Scotland this event will give businesses the chance to:

  • Meet the people in charge of purchasing at 30 Scottish Councils and get advice on selling to their region
  • Speak to buyers from other public bodies such as NHS, transport and universities and colleges to see what opportunities they offer
  • Learn more about framework opportunities and how your organisation can do business with Scotland Excel
  • Attend business seminars and learn more about the Supplier Development Programme who provide free training and support on the tendering process

The event is open to all businesses in Scotland but places are limited. To book your free place email SupplierExcellence@scotland-excel.org.uk, for more information.

Notes to editors:

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is a local authority partnership established to provide public sector procurement training for SME’s and the Third Sector.

Supported by Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership, SDP works with other business support organisations including Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, and Ready for Business.

Scotland Excel is the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector in Scotland. Established in 2008, their remit is to work collaboratively with members and suppliers to raise procurement standards, secure best value for customers and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public sector procurement in Scotland.

The Robot Remains: New Supplier Development Programme Website Launched.

featureboxLove him or loathe him:  the 10DR robot is still a key feature of the new Supplier Development Programme (SDP) website. It takes people repeating his name a few times phonetically to get what he stands for. A clue is in his name 10DR: the Programme supports suppliers in the TENDER process

The website has a bold new look and enhanced navigation experience.  To start, the menus have been streamlined to give you quick access to the items you’re looking for.  The improved events calendar means you can easily search for the type event in the location that best suits you.

Gillian Cameron, Programme Manager commented

“The new site has been designed in direct response to supplier feedback and increasing demand for digital tendering support. By creating a more dynamic website with new and updated content SMe’s across Scotland now have access to free quality tender training information at the click of a button.”

SDP recognises that small businesses need to be time efficient and by providing online access a wider selection of businesses can participate without the need for travel.The programme of webinars will condense training to bite-size chunks and make it accessible to businesses across the country.

SDP invite you to start exploring the following features:

  • Your region – access the tender and business support available to you locally
  • Your Business Profile -complete your entry on the Supplier Register, offering a free marketing tool to promote your business.
  • Book to attend upcoming events where you can interact with pubic sector buyers around Scotland

Going forward, SDP promise to continually expand their online content and keep you updated with the latest information on public sector tendering in Scotland, so check back often, and connect with SDP on your social network.

Register Now

Notes to editors:

The Supplier Development Programme is a local authority partnership established to provide public sector procurement training for SMe’s and the Third Sector.

Supported by Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership, SDP works with other business support organisations including Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, and Ready for Business.

Contact information:

General: info@sdpscotland.co.uk

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May 29, 2015

Updated information will be available shortly. If you have any questions regarding this please contact us by email at info@sdpscotland.co.uk

Scotland’s largest tender training programme publish framework contract

May 15, 2015

Training providers from across Scotland are invited to bid for a place on the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) framework contract published this week on Public Contracts Scotland. Covering all aspects of tendering from beginners to advanced bidding, SDP training supports SME’s and third sector bodies to tender more effectively and win a bigger share of public sector spend. Training is delivered in regions throughout the country and is free to all business registered with the Programme.

Gillian Cameron, Programme Manager said “Experienced, passionate training providers are at the heart of what we do. We are looking for individuals who can clearly demonstrate a strong knowledge of the sector as well as a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing SME’s and the third sector when tendering.”

Full information regarding the contract is available on the Public Contracts Scotland website. Please note all enquiries related to the tender should be directed through the PCS website.

Supplier Development Programme announces dates for free “Tendering Together” collaboration workshops.

March 30, 2015

Booking is now open for a series of unique workshops on collaborative working from the Supplier Development Programme (SDP). Announced today, the 2-part course is designed for companies and third sector organisations who have a good level of tendering experience and are looking to increase their market through collaborative bids. Businesses can choose to attend part 1 of the course in May in either Falkirk, Glasgow or Eddinburgh, with all delegates attending the second day in the Lighthouse, Glasgow on 4th June. Topics include

  • Why collaborate – opportunities and barriers
  • Types of collaboration
  • Finding and assessing partners, early discussions
  • Preparing a joint proposal/tender – tips and
    templates
  • Consortium agreements, legal documents

Programme Manager Gillian Cameron said, “This is a unique opportunity for SME’s to get expert training on what it means to work collaboratively together. There are a number of fantastic business opportunities coming up in Scotland for 2015 including Glasgow’s City Deal, and by working collaboratively SME’s can ensure they are best placed to benefit andcompete with in the market place”

Places are limited and companies interested in attending should reserve their free place via the Events Calendar

Supplier Development Programme launches series of free procurement training webinars

March 17, 2015

Small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) and third sector businesses are now able to enjoy procurement training from the comfort of their home or office following the launch of a free webinar series from the Supplier Development Programme (SDP), launched today, 17th March.

Following a successful pilot scheme the series of live tender-training webinars is being rolled out across Scotland this spring, covering a range of procurement-related topics. Led by industry experts, initial webinars will cover policies which can be essential when tendering including Environmental Policies and Equality and Diversity and will be expanded in the coming months. The training has been made possible due to funding support from Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership (DSBEP) announced last year in line with the Digital Scotland agenda.

SDP is a local authority partnership programme which supports SME’s and third sector organisations to compete for the £9b of Scottish public sector spend.  The Programme runs a yearly calendar of tender training events and activities to help SME’s and the third sector improve their knowledge and competency when tendering for public sector contracts.

Graeme Rennison, Business Programme Manager for DSBEP said “E-Procurement is a fundamental part of the digital economy, allowing companies to become more competitive and benefit from greater operational efficiency. The Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership are delighted to support SDP’s work in this area, helping to improve the overall digital capability of Scotland’s SME’s.

“Allowing SDP services to be delivered via digital channels such as webinars is particularly welcomed as it helps ensure more SMEs can benefit from SDP advice and training, and supports Scotland’s ambition to become a world-leading digital nation.”

For more information on SDP and to book a webinar visit www.sdpscotland.co.uk

Notes to editors:
The Supplier Development Programme was established by a number of Scotland’s local authorities to provide public sector procurement training for SME’s and the Third Sector.

A £360,000 funding boost from the Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership was announced in June 2014, which will help an additional 2,200 businesses of all sizes, across all sectors, develop their digital capability and be more efficient in bidding and fulfilling public contracts. SME’s will receive advice on attracting online trade and guidance on transacting electronically with the public sector through dozens of events, training opportunities and a new SDP website.

SDP works in partnership with other business support organisations including Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, and Ready for Business.

Contact information:
Marketing & Press: sarah.maxwell@southlanarkshire.gov.uk
General
: info@sdpscotland.co.uk

Angus Council – Meet The Buyer

March 11, 2015

Angus_councilAngus Council Economic Development and Procurement departments are staging a Meet The Buyer event at the Reid Hall in Forfar, on Tuesday 14th April.

Doors open at 9.30am and close at 3pm. Entry free.

Wide range of public sector procurement teams will be in attendance including local Universities, colleges, NHS, Council procurement colleagues as well as representatives from Robertson Construction, BAM Construction and Morrison Construction. Plus assorted business support agencies, FSB, SDP, Business Gateway, Angus Council Ec Dev and private sector specialist consultancies.

For more information contact Roy Johnston on 01307 473 358, JohnstonR@angus.gov.uk

Webinars

March 1, 2015

March 2015 sees the launch of SDP’s first digital webinar training programme. Training by Webinar enables you attend from the comfort of your office and provides a high level overview of one specific topic. The first series of webinars will focus on developing an Equality & Diversity policy.

Dates:

  • Wednesday 11th March, 12pm – 1pm
  • Tuesday 17th March, 10am – 11am
  • Tuesday 31st March, 3pm – 4pm

View the Events Calendar for booking and more information

The Gathering 2015

February 16, 2015

SDP will be attending The Gathering  on 25th-26th February at SECC, Glasgow. Brought to you by SCVO, The Gathering is Scotland’s unique free event for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that brings together all parts of the third sector.

With over 60 free workshops and seminars there are opportunities to listen,
learn and be heard on a range of issues, whether you’re after practical support
or the latest developments.

View the full programme of events and book your space.

Full details at http://gatherscotland.org.uk/
or contact a member of the events team on 0131 474 6150

Meet The Buyer Tayside

February 13, 2015

Businesses are invited to attend a Meet The Buyer event on 18th February hosted by Dundee City Council, Perth & Kinross Council and Angus Council. The event will be an opportunity to speak to Council buyers and learn more about working with the public sector in Tayside.

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