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SDP Scotland and COVID-19 Information

15 May 2020: Learn about how SDP Scotland is working with membership organisations and public sector partners to provide tender training to Scottish SMEs, third sector and supported businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) opens Survey for Suppliers

9 Oct 2020: Suppliers are encouraged to participate in a feedback survey on the user experience of the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website.

Bidding opens for £14bn construction frameworks with Scape Group

6 Oct 2020: Scottish SME suppliers in the construction industry are invited to bid for a place on Scape Group's frameworks that cover Scotland (worth £2bn) and the rest of the UK (worth £12bn).

Meet the Buyer North 2020: Questions and Answers

5 Oct 2020: Watch the Helping You Bid Better: Live Q&A Panel with the Supplier Development Programme's Expert Trainers that was part of the Meet the Buyer North 2020: Live Virtual Event, and learn the answers to questions other suppliers are asking!

Perth and Kinross Council teams up with neighbouring councils to support local businesses in public sector bids

1 Oct 2020: Read about a joint initiative coordinated by the Supplier Development Programme to bring together four local authorities in one Talking Tenders webinar to promote upcoming contracts to local suppliers in Fife and Tayside.

Fife Business Week Features Fife Council's Virtual Meet the Buyer Event

30 Sep 2020: As part of Fife Business Week, Fife Council has announced a virtual Meet the Buyer event on Thursday, 5 November 2020.

Supplier Consultation Announced: Scottish Procurement's Office Equipment & Services Framework

23 Sep 2020: Suppliers can give their views on the future of printing in advance of Scottish Procurement's re-let of its Office Equipment & Services Framework until 30 September 2020.

Scottish Government Issues New Construction Policy Notes: CPN 8/2020 and CPN 9/2020

16 Sep 2020: Read about the Scottish Government's new Construction Policy Notes, CPN 8/2020 and CPN 9/2020.

Transport Scotland: Zero Emission Train Project

14 Sep 2020: The University of St Andrews is managing the procurement of this phase of delivery for the Zero Emission Train Project.

MSIP Accelerator Programme Targets SMEs in Scotland

7 Sep 2020: Read about the Sustainable Mobility and Low Carbon Innovation Accelerator programme, which is powered by Elevator and delivered in partnership with Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP), a joint venture between Dundee City Council, Michelin and Scottish Enterprise.

New Opportunities for Scottish SMEs: Rail Cluster Builder

3 Sep 2020: Scottish Engineering, on behalf of Scottish Enterprise, is developing an initial programme of online events aimed at providing SMEs with the information they need to enter the sector.

RJ McLeod Joins Supplier Development Programme

2 Sep 2020: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has welcomed RJ McLeod as its newest corporate member.

1,500 Businesses Sign Up for Virtual Meet the Buyer North Event

1 Sep 2020: More than 1,500 businesses have registered for the third annual Meet the Buyer North event which will be held as a fully virtual, online event tomorrow, 2 September.

Prepare your business to get a share of £11bn public sector contracts at the Meet the Buyer North 2020: Live Virtual Event

24 Aug 2020: Read about the third annual SDP Meet the Buyer North event, to take place as an online, virtual event on Wednesday, September 2.

New Construction Policy Note (CPN) 7/2020: Project Bank Accounts: availability and accessibility to subcontractors

13 Aug 2020: Read about the Scottish Government's construction policy note on Project Bank Accounts: availability and accessibility to subcontractors.

Local Businesses Sign Up for Virtual Meet the Buyer North Event

7 Aug 2020: Read the latest news on the Meet the Buyer North 2020: Live Virtual Event, due to be held online on 2 September 2020.

Supplier Development Programme Welcomes inclusion in Scottish Government's Response to Economic Recovery Implementation Plan

5 Aug 2020: The Supplier Development Programme welcomes the inclusion of its training and support services in the Scottish Government's Economic Recovery Implementation Plan.

North Lanarkshire Council Organises Market Engagement Day for Enterprise Strategic Commercial Partnership

29 Jul 2020: North Lanarkshire Council is hosting an online market engagement event to share information about its Enterprise Strategic Commercial Partnership contract which will create a long-term, strategic, commercial and place-shaping partnership to deliver a full range of interconnected property, community asset and infrastructure investments including the repair and investment in current and new build housing and council assets, as well as building new community assets, infrastructure and town centre regeneration programmes.

Supplier Opportunities with NEPO in 2020 Released

17 Jul 2020: NEPO (North East Procurement Organsiation) has published its procurement pipeline through to the end of 2020, which may be of interest to potential suppliers in Scotland.

Supplier Development Programme Publishes Supplier Relief Survey Results

13 Jul 2020: With the support of the Scottish Government, in May 2020 the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) gathered suppliers’ views in a survey on the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on Supplier Relief, furloughed staff, access to free online training and capacity to bid for public sector contracts. Read more about the outcomes from this report.

Offshore Wind Opportunities

13 Jul 2020: Scotland’s Offshore Wind Clusters, Forth & Tay Offshore and DeepWind invite their members and anyone interested in offshore wind opportunities in Scotland to join a virtual project update on Neart na Gaoithe on 16 July 2020 at 2:00pm.

Have your say: CICV Forum's Supplier Relief Survey

6 Jul 2020: The Supplier Development Programme encourages all suppliers to respond to the CICV Forum's survey, especially those that have requested Supplier Relief during the COVID-19 health crisis in Scotland.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Re-opening your business – what you need to do

19 Jun 2020: Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will be hosting a special webinar on reopening of businesses on Thursday 25 June at 10:30am

Get ready to tender with the Scottish Procurement Alliance

18 Jun 2020: The SPA will host a series of free webinars that suppliers are encouraged to participate in on Monday, 2 June 2020.

New Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) - Coronavirus (COVID-19): recovery and transition from COVID-19

15 Jun 2020: The Scottish Government has issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and making best use of procurement resources during COVID-19 outbreak. This policy note is supplementary to SPPN 5/2020 – supplier relief, which sets out guidance for public bodies on options to ensure service continuity during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and comes into effect on 1 July 2020.

CICV Forum issues survey on desired post-pandemic construction industry

9 Jun 2020: On 5 June, the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) launched a major consultation among its members to discover what stakeholders want for the Scottish construction industry after COVID-19 – and how to achieve it.

Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event Outcomes

4 Jun 2020: Read about the outcomes from activities during SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event on 2 June 2020.

Suppliers Wanted: Rail Cluster Builder Contract with Scottish Enterprise

4 Jun 2020: Scottish Enterprise is looking to appoint a supplier to deliver activity as a “Cluster Builder” for the Rail sector in Scotland.

SDP offers more free webinar training on Scottish Cyber Assessment Service (SCAS)

3 Jun 2020: The Supplier Development Programme invites suppliers and buyers to be among the first to be trained on the Scottish Cyber Assessment Service (SCAS) on Thursday, 11 June by participating in a free webinar that can be accessed remotely.

Meet the Buyer 2020 Round-up: Scottish Government

2 Jun 2020: This round-up outlines what was said during the Scottish Government's Twitter Takeover of the SDP Twitter account as part of Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event activities.

Meet the Buyer 2020 Round-up: South Ayrshire Council

2 Jun 2020: This round-up outlines what was said during South Ayrshire Council's Twitter Takeover of the SDP Twitter account as part of Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event activities.

Meet the Buyer 2020 Round-up: East Renfrewshire Council

2 Jun 2020: This round-up outlines what was said during East Renfrewshire Council's Twitter Takeover of the SDP Twitter account as part of Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event activities.

Meet the Buyer 2020 Round-up: Fife Council

2 Jun 2020: This round-up outlines what was said during Fife Council's Twitter Takeover of the SDP Twitter account as part of Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event activities.

Construction and SMEs with the Scottish Government

2 Jun 2020: Scottish Government Procurement is participating in a Twitter Takeover of the SDP Scotland account today, 2 June, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, and we do hope you can join us as part of SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. This blog includes information on Scottish procurement and construction as well as general procurement information.

Exploring Quick Quotes with South Ayrshire Council

2 Jun 2020: South Ayrshire Council is participating in a Twitter Takeover of the SDP Scotland account today, 2 June, from 12noon to 1:00pm, as part of SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. This blog outlines information on Quick Quotes and working with South Ayrshire Council.

Progressing the Procurement Pipeline and Future Opportunities with East Renfrewshire Council

2 Jun 2020: East Renfrewshire Council is participating in a Twitter Takeover of the SDP Scotland account today, 2 June, from 11:00am to 12:00noon, as part of SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. This blog outlines information on East Renfrewshire Council's procurement and economic development teams to enable suppliers to engage with the procurement pipeline, including future opportunities.

Fife Means Business: How to Engage with Fife Council and Explore Community Benefits

2 Jun 2020: Fife Council is participating in a Twitter Takeover of the SDP Scotland account today, 2 June, from 10:00am to 11:00am, as part of SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. This blog outlines information on engagement with Fife Council, including community benefits.

Working with Falkirk Council

2 Jun 2020: Read Falkirk Council's blog that outlines information on procurement and business support as part of the Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event.

Scottish Procurement Alliance is Renewing Four Frameworks

2 Jun 2020: Suppliers in Scotland can read this blog for information on the Scottish Procurement Alliance's renewal plans for four frameworks.

New Construction Policy Notes (CPNs) - Coronavirus (COVID-19): new projects and reopening public construction sites

1 Jun 2020: The Scottish Government has issued two new Covid-19 Construction Policy Notes (CPN) relating to preparing for new projects and reopening public construction sites and guidance for contracting authorities on managing disputes and project restart.

Virtual Meet the Buyer Activities with the Supplier Development Programme

1 Jun 2020: Meet the Buyer is an annual event organised by the Supplier Development Programme Scotland, held to connect businesses with the Scottish public sector where there is an annual public spend of £11billion. While a physical Meet the Buyer event cannot take place this year, the Supplier Development Programme has announced activities on Twitter and by webinar during a virtual interactive event tomorrow (2 June).

Supplier Development Programme Announces Virtual Meet the Buyer Activities

19 May 2020: The Supplier Development Programme has announced that a virtual interactive event will be held on 2 June 2020 that will focus on suppliers engaging with a range of public sector buyers through a “Twitter Takeover,” supported by two free SDP tender training webinars.

PCS - scheduled downtime 22 May 2020 to 25 May 2020

18 May 2020: To run essential maintenance on the infrastructure behind the PCS website, there is scheduled downtime between 22nd May to 25th May 2020. Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time if preparing to submit a bid.

Talking Tenders with the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA)

11 May 2020: The Supplier Development Programme has scheduled the first ever webinar on “Talking Tenders with the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA)” on 19 May. The SPA is keen to engage with as many companies as possible throughout Scotland, particularly SMEs and supported businesses, as part of crucial development of its frameworks.

Supplier Opportunity with CCS: Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Solutions

8 May 2020: The Supplier Development Programme is working in partnership with CCS to promote a unique opportunity to win a place on a UK-wide DPS on vehicle charging infrastructure within Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Supplier Relief: What’s been your experience?

7 May 2020: With the support of the Scottish Government, the Supplier Development Programme is keen to gather suppliers’ views in a survey on the effects of Supplier Relief.

Angus Council Procurement Announces Supplier Relief During COVID-19

4 May 2020: Support for key suppliers and grant-supported providers during COVID-19 has been announced by Angus Council.

Adamsons Drinks Takes a Shot at Tendering

27 Apr 2020: With support from Business Gateway Fife’s Expert Help Programme, staff accessed free tender training through the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) in 2018 and 2019. In April 2020, Adamsons Drinks won its first ever contract: a place on a Scotland Excel framework.

Putting digital skills to work for the future: a blog by Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager

23 Apr 2020: The Supplier Development Programme Manager, Gillian Cameron, discusses how the Contracts Register can help Scottish SMEs, third sector and supported businesses look towards recovery and build a future business opportunity pipeline.

Scottish Government Extends Telephony Services DPS: Are you tender ready?

22 Apr 2020: Scottish Government Procurement has extended the duration of its Telephony Services Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) by 18 months, and now is the time for suppliers to get "tender ready" to apply.

New Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) - Coronavirus (COVID-19): making best use of procurement resources during COVID-19 outbreak

16 Apr 2020: The Scottish Government has issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and making best use of procurement resources during COVID-19 outbreak.

Business Support from Business Gateway

15 Apr 2020: Business Gateway is releasing webinars across Scotland to help businesses through COVID-19 through daytime, evening and weekend webinars.

New Construction Policy Note (CPN) - Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on construction contracts

14 Apr 2020: The Scottish Government has issued a new Construction Policy Note (CPN) on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on construction contracts.

Can your business produce testing kits and services for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

7 Apr 2020: Learn more about what to do and how to register your business information with the UK Government if you can produce testing kits and services, including producing PPE for laboratories, relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Live tendering and furloughing staff through the coronavirus job retention scheme

6 Apr 2020: This blog aims to offer expert advice on public sector tendering and answer related questions on options for SMEs and supported businesses while staff are furloughed in Scotland.

Supplier Development Programme postpones Meet the Buyer event to 2021 with partners Scottish Government and Scotland Excel

2 Apr 2020: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has postponed the 12th annual Meet the Buyer event until next year due to disruption caused by the coronavirus. The new date has been announced as Tuesday, 8 June 2021 at the EICC.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Joins Supplier Development Programme

1 Apr 2020: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has welcomed Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) as an affiliate member on 1 April 2020.

New Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) - Coronavirus (COVID-19): supplier relief

30 Mar 2020: The Scottish Government has issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and supplier relief.

Carry on and keep tendering: a blog by Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager

25 Mar 2020: The Supplier Development Programme Manager, Gillian Cameron, shares her take on how to carry on and keep tendering in this blog.

New Scottish Procurement Policy Note on Coronavirus - procurement regulations during outbreak issued

23 Mar 2020: The Scottish Government has issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) regarding on Coronavirus - procurement regulations during outbreak.

COVID-19 Scottish Business Support Summary

23 Mar 2020: In partnership with SLAED, the Supplier Development Programme has published a summary of all wider Covid-19 support from EU, UK & Scottish Government.

SDP offers free webinar training on Scottish Cyber Assessment Service (SCAS)

23 Mar 2020: The Supplier Development Programme invites both suppliers and buyers to be among the first to be trained on the Scottish Cyber Assessment Service (SCAS) on Wednesday, 8 April by participating in webinars from the comfort of your own desk.

A buyer’s perspective on the public sector, as impacted by the coronavirus

18 Mar 2020: Kenny Govan, Senior Procurement Officer at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), wrote a guest blog for the Supplier Development Programme for the month of March 2020.

Lanarkshire’s Meet the "Real" Buyer Cancelled

17 Mar 2020: Lanarkshire's Meet the "Real" Buyer event, due to take place on 24 March, is now cancelled with the aim of rescheduling this event in the future.

SDP Training Available via Webinar

16 Mar 2020: Learn more about how to access free digital SDP training via webinar.

SDP Scotland's Events and COVID-19

12 Mar 2020: In line with official advice, SDP has suspended all face-to-face training due to COVID-19. Tender training continues to be delivered via webinar to Scottish SMEs and supported businesses.

SDP encourages SMEs to participate in Scottish Government survey on provision of cyber security systems

11 Mar 2020: The Scottish Government has released an online survey for public sector buyers regarding the future of provision of cyber security through its DPS (Dynamic Purchasing System). SMEs and supported businesses are encouraged to participate in the survey by the Supplier Development Programme.

Stirling Council is hosting a Local Supplier Forum

5 Mar 2020: Stirling Council is hosting a series of Local Supplier Forums. These meetings are designed to give both existing suppliers and new suppliers the opportunity to discuss relevant topics with procurement staff and to enable suppliers to provide feedback to Stirling Council on issues that are important to them.

Public Contracts Scotland website update released

5 Mar 2020: Public Conracts Scotland (PCS) have released the first of a series of updates and improvements to the PublicContractsScotland.gov.uk website, designed to improve the user experience and access on mobiles/tablets.

Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) Look and Feel to be Updated

27 Feb 2020: PCS are planning to improve the look and feel of your PublicContractsScotland.gov.uk website. The changes will offer you an enhanced experience contained within an updated and modern looking website, with fresh and more user friendly options for both buyer and supplier users. PCS plan to upgrade some of the pages on 27th February 2020 and you will see gradual and further improvements made to the site over time. PCS will let you know when these further improvements are being implemented.

Everything Scottish Suppliers need to know about TALGO UK's Upcoming Supplier Event

12 Feb 2020: TALGO is holding a supplier day in Chesterfield, England on 5 May 2020. Scottish Enterprise, a member of the Supplier Development Programme, is working to bring information to Scottish-based suppliers on this upcoming events, and potential upcoming supplier events.

Supply Chain Events for NNG Offshore Wind Farm Hosted Across Scotland

11 Feb 2020: EDF Renewables UK and ESB, joint owners and developers of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, are hosting a series of supply chain events across Scotland to showcase how more Scottish companies can help support the successful delivery of the wind farm project.

New Scottish Procurement Policy Note on Cyber Security for Public Sector issued

10 Feb 2020: The Scottish Government has issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) regarding the publication of a note on cyber security for public sector suppliers.

Supplier Development Programme Helps Support Local Moray Businesses

7 Feb 2020: Working alongside Moray Council, the Supplier Development Programme (SDP), held the first of two training workshops aimed at improving local business access to the tender process last month.

SDP Scotland Publishes Meet the Buyer 2019 Report

6 Feb 2020: The Supplier Development Programme has published a Report on Meet the Buyer 2019. Meet the Buyer 2019 was held on 13 November 2019 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Headline partners included the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel.

Supplier Development Programme champions update to PCS Supplier Finder Profile

28 Jan 2020: Public Contracts Scotland, the Scottish Government's official national portal for public sector contract opportunities, has updated options on the Supplier Finder Profile from what was previously a "public" or "private" button to an option for suppliers to "publish" and "unpublish" their profiles. This minor change, which provides increased clarity for all public sector suppliers, is a direct result of feedback from suppliers through the Supplier Development Programme.

Supplier Development Programme welcomes inclusion in Scottish Government Economic Action Plan

22 Jan 2020: The Supplier Development Programme welcomes the inclusion of our training and support services in the 2019-20 Economic Action Plan released by the Scottish Government.

PCS Scheduled Downtime on the 25th January 2020

17 Jan 2020: Please note that scheduled downtime is planned to take place on Saturday 25th January 2020 from 09:00 until Midnight GMT.

Review Body information contained within a Contract Notice

17 Jan 2020: You may have noticed a recent change in Contract adverts on Public Contracts Scotland, where the name and address of the Buyer at the start of the advert is followed by a section advising the name and address of the “Review Body”.

PCS Scheduled Downtime on the14th January 2020

13 Jan 2020: is running essential site maintenance on the 14th January from 17:30 till 19:00. These activities may reset your logged-in session on PCS, and you may be at risk from losing work after this time. The website will operate normally after this time. PCS thanks you for your patience.

Wheatley Group Joins Supplier Development Programme

13 Jan 2020: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has welcomed Wheatley Group as its first Housing Association member.

Moray Council Launches Free Tender Training for Local Businesses with Supplier Development Programme

23 Dec 2019: Following the official launch of Moray Council as a full member of the Supplier Development Programme, two face-to-face training courses are planned in Elgin for the New Year.

Supplier Development Programme provides tender training for Police Scotland "Deceased Persons" contract in Highlands and Islands

6 Dec 2019: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is working with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to hold free training for potential suppliers on the Public Contracts Scotland Tender website, the national eTendering system, which is centrally funded by the Scottish Government.

New Procurement Policy Note Issued by UK Government on new procurement threshold levels that apply from 1 January 2020

6 Dec 2019: The UK Government has issued a new procurement policy note on new procurement threshold levels that apply from 1 January 2020.

The Supplier Development Programme sponsored the Rural Family Business of the Year Category at The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2019

5 Dec 2019: The Supplier Development Programme sponsored the Rural Family Business Category at The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.

Happy Holidays from the Supplier Development Programme

1 Dec 2019: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Supplier Development Programme!

SPA Seeks SMEs for WH2 Dynamic Purchasing System

20 Nov 2019: Construction procurement specialist Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) is seeking suppliers to carry out refurbishment and improvement works on housing stock held by local authorities and housing associations.

SDP provides tender training for Police Scotland "Deceased Persons" contract

20 Nov 2019: The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) are shortly to release a tender for a Framework for the Uplift and Transportation of Deceased Persons. To support the engagement of SMEs in bidding for this framework opportunity, the Supplier Development Programme is providing three free tender training sessions in Inverness, Glasgow and Perth.

Spotlight on Skanska: Meet the Buyer Event

15 Nov 2019: The Supplier Development Programme is working with Skanska to promote a Supplier Engagement Event at Heriot-Watt University on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 to connect with Scottish-based SMEs and supported businesses, as well as the wider business base of suppliers.

Market Engagement Days with Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University

7 Nov 2019: Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University are holding four Market Engagement Days to connect with potential suppliers for two upcoming Framework opportunities in Minor Works Services and Professional Estates Services.

The Scottish Procurement Alliance Joins Supplier Development Programme

5 Nov 2019: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has welcomed the Scottish Procurement Alliance as an affiliate member in 2019. The Scottish Procurement Alliance will now be able to utilise the Supplier Development Programme to alert the market of upcoming contract and framework opportunities to more than 14,500 registered micro, small, medium and supported businesses.

Will you help Skanska Build for a Better Society?

4 Nov 2019: To connect with Scottish-based SMEs and supported businesses, as well as the wider business base of suppliers, Skanska is holding a Supplier Engagement Event at Heriot-Watt University on Wednesday, 20 November 2019.

Public Contracts Scotland - Your Company Profile CPV code change

1 Nov 2019: Public Contract Scotland (PCS) has changed the commodity coding structure used to set up company profiles (which triggers e-mail alerts about notices relevant to your business).

Record Numbers Sign Up for Meet the Buyer 2019

28 Oct 2019: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) will hold the 11th annual Meet the Buyer event on Wednesday, 13 November at Hampden National Park Stadium, Glasgow. Confirmed headline partners include Scottish Government and Scotland Excel. More than 2,500 suppliers have registered to attend Meet the Buyer to date. There are more than 65 exhibition stalls with 71 public sector buyers and business support services represented.

Suppliers urged to seek work for Scotland’s biggest wind farm

17 Oct 2019: SSE Renewables has announced three local Seagreen Meet the Buyer events on 5, 6 and 7 November in Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee respectively. These events aim to enable local companies to learn more about the opportunities on offer, and meet the Seagreen team and its principal contractors.

New Framework Agreement Opportunity for Suppliers with Scottish Forestry

16 Oct 2019: Scottish Forestry is looking to award a multi supplier, multi Lot framework agreement for Tree Health Pest and Disease Surveys Scotland, and is working with the Supplier Development Programme to provide training on PCS for this opportunity.

Moray Council Launch of Supplier Development Programme

11 Oct 2019: Moray Council is open for business and wishes to support SMEs to tender for public sector work with the Council and surrounding areas. On Thursday, 3 October 2019, local businesses gathered at Horizon Scotland in Forres to learn more about the Supplier Development Programme as it was officially launched by Moray Council.

Changes are coming to your PCS Company Profile

23 Sep 2019: To improve the e-mail alert service, Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) is changing the commodity coding structure that you use to set up your company profile (which triggers e-mail alerts about notices relevant to your business).

Meet the Buyer North 2019 Resources and Information

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

Celebrating Excellence in Public Procurement

17 Sep 2019: The Supplier Development Programme is proud to announce that we have been honoured as a finalist in the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2019/20 Scotland for the category “Team of the Year.”

International Opportunity: Region Stockholm’s Extended Metro Supplier Day

12 Sep 2019: The Supplier Development Programme is raising the profile of an international supplier day in Stockholm, Sweden, in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise.

Living Wage Scotland Awards 2019

6 Sep 2019: The Living Wage Scotland Awards 2019 are still open for applications!

Media Release: Record Numbers Sign Up for Meet the Buyer North 2019

4 Sep 2019: More than 1,100 suppliers have registered to attend Meet the Buyer North. There are 35 exhibition stalls with 41 public sector buyers and business support services represented.

Early Learning Expansion 2020 – Meet the Buyer with Heron Bros.

23 Aug 2019: Heron Bros has been awarded the contract to deliver East Renfrewshire Council’s Early Learning Expansion 2020 which is a five-project framework.

Public Contracts Scotland Scheduled Downtime

15 Aug 2019: Please note that scheduled downtime is planned to take place on Thursday, 15th August 2019 from 19:00 until 19:30.

The North of Scotland is Open for Business: Meet the Buyer North 2019

8 Aug 2019: The Supplier Development Programme will hold the 2nd annual Meet the Buyer North event on Wednesday, 4 September at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

Are you tender ready? Update on building first opening bridge over the River Clyde

31 Jul 2019: Three international engineering teams are in the running to build the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde.

Supplier Development Programme Welcomes Scottish Parliament Construction Procurement Recommendations

12 Jul 2019: The Supplier Development Programme welcomes the procurement recommendations made by the Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee in its “Under Construction: Building the future of the sector in Scotland” report, published on Tuesday, 2 July 2019.

Supplier Development Programme Provides Free Training to South Lanarkshire Early Learning and Childcare Providers

8 Jul 2019: More than 120 South Lanarkshire businesses were given vital support by the Council, through the Supplier Development Programme, to make sure they are ready to tender to provide more free childcare places to local families.

Can ‘Business Finance Support’ from Scottish Enterprise and HIE be improved? asks Holyrood Committee

20 Jun 2019: The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is looking for a wide range of views from businesses that have received ‘Regional Selective Assistance’ (RSA) or other financial support from Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise over the past ten years.

Market Engagement Days by Business Glasgow, Glasgow City Council

17 Jun 2019: As part of the tender process, the Council will be holding 2 market engagement days in order to answer any questions from the market regarding the Business Growth Development Framework Tender, scope of requirements and procurement process.

Public Contracts Scotland - Postbox Storage

14 Jun 2019: Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) wrote to all users December 2018 to advise that, to comply with Scottish Government legal advice in relation to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the sytem will be changing the process for storing documents uploaded to the PCS post box by suppliers.

New Construction Manual Published by Scottish Government

4 Jun 2019: New guidance is available to assist contracting authorities to successfully deliver construction projects.  It is intended for all contracting authority staff involved in the planning and delivery of public works projects.  The note publishes the project initiation and business case handbook (handbook one) of the construction manual.   To read more, visit the Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate website.

SDP Scotland Welcomes First Trade Association Member: SELECT

17 May 2019: SELECT Trade Association signed a Partnership Agreement with the Supplier Development Programme on Monday, 13 May 2019.

Advertising subcontracting opportunities on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website

9 May 2019: Purpose

SMEs based in Scotland can apply for a share of £1.5 million in innovation projects in evaluation of medical technologies as part of a UK-wide competition

2 May 2019: SMEs based in Scotland can apply for a share of £1.5 million in innovation projects as part of a UK-wide competition.

New eInvoicing Regulations: What do they mean for SMEs?

17 Apr 2019: On 18 April 2019, Public Contracts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2019 will come into force.  The change applies to contracts that are regulated by the European Public Procurement Regulations that are advertised in the Official Journal of the European Communities (OJEU). 

AquAid Wins 1st Contract

16 Apr 2019: AquAid is a supplier of bottle fed, mains fed coolers and hot water boilers. AquAid also works very closely with two charities: Christian Aid and The Africa Trust.  The small business is based in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, and has 14 employees. Beginning in May 2019, AquAid will supply 53 mains-fed water coolers at Glasgow Caledonian University.  AquAid is SDP's featured SME business for the month of April 2019.

Supplier Development Programme Breaks Record for Growth

12 Apr 2019: The government is open for business in Scotland: public sector members of the Supplier Development Programme have encouraged more SME businesses than ever before to participate in public sector tendering.

hub South West Scotland Announces Upcoming Events

3 Apr 2019: hub South West is a public – private partnership that enables cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities within South West Scotland.

Registration now open for Meet the Buyer and Meet the Buyer North 2019

3 Apr 2019: Meet the Buyer 2019

Weans World: Procurement Time!

27 Mar 2019: Through the Supplier Development Programme, North Lanarkshire Council arranged for two Public Contracts Scotland training sessions in March 2019 to provide practical assistance to SMEs interested in apply for a place on its 1140 Hours interim Framework. Weans World Childminding is SDP's featured SME business for the month of March 2019.

The Scottish Parliament: Whisky Contract Opportunity

25 Mar 2019: Big opportunity for Suppliers of Scottish Whisky:  The Scottish Parliament would like to appoint one Contractor to supply whisky for resale in the Parliament’s shop.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Proactive Approach to Recruit Childcare Providers through Supplier Development Programme

22 Mar 2019: North Lanarkshire Council has put into action an innovative approach to meet the Scottish Government’s pledge to double free childcare from 600 hours per year to 1,140 by August 2020.  The Government's move to double childcare is estimated to be around £4,500 in childcare costs for a working family with a three or four-year-old child.  North Lanarkshire Council’s proactive approach to planning for the increase in child care hours available, along with its support offered through the Supplier Development Programme to potential child care providers, means the local authority is on track to deliver the full amount of hours by 2020.

Ayrshire Growth Deal: What does it mean for small businesses?

18 Mar 2019: At the beginning of March 2019, all three Ayrshire Councils, along with the UK and Scottish Governments, announced a £250 million Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Scottish Enterprise Launches "Prepare for Brexit" Website for Businesses

14 Mar 2019: Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies are here to help businesses overcome the challenges posed by Brexit, supporting you to take the necessary action to safeguard your growth and that of Scotland’s economy. www.prepareforbrexit.scot is a dedicated website which hosts a Brexit self-assessment tool to help businesses identify how Brexit might affect them, providing recommendations for action to help their planning activities. It is also home to a 12-point checklist, expert advice, events, workshops and access to financial support.

Digital Technology Services

12 Mar 2019: Scottish Government is establishing a collaborative Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Digital Technology Services split into a number of lots for the provision of Digital Technology Projects, Digital Technology Resources and Cyber Security Services.

Winning Business with Principle Contractors

7 Mar 2019: East Renfrewshire has a number of major projects over the coming years from the City Deal Region, Local Development Plan plus more. How can the local supply chain maximise these opportunities and win business with the Principle Contractors managing the projects?

SDP Scotland gives evidence on procurement practices in construction sector at Scottish Parliament

27 Feb 2019: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) recently submitted a response to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee’s Consultation on “Construction and Scotland’s Economy.”  The remit of the inquiry was to understand the characteristics and challenges of Scotland’s construction sector to ensure the sector realises its full potential in contributing to a productive and inclusive Scottish economy.

Supplier Development Programme Partners with Scotland Build 2019

20 Feb 2019: The Supplier Development Programme has announced its partnership with Scotland Build 2019, which will take place at the SECC in Glasgow on 20-21 March 2019.  Registration for the event is free and is open to all SMEs in Scotland to attend.  The Supplier Development Programme will host a workshop and exhibition stand where Scottish SMEs can gain information on public sector procurement in the Construction Sector.

Scottish Government issues update on procurement legislation in Scotland in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

18 Feb 2019: The Scottish Government has issued an update on procurement legislation in Scotland in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit through a Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN).

New initiative helps businesses identify export opportunities

6 Feb 2019: A new programme is running for North Lanarkshire businesses interested in accessing new customers and markets outside of the United Kingdom.

100% R&D funding for innovative digital and sensor technology companies.

4 Feb 2019: Companies could receive up to a 100% funded R&D to work with Police Scotland – to develop an integrated technological solution for police custody that can remotely monitor individuals and provide early warning and intervention alert systems.

New Scottish projects offer opportunities for local businesses

4 Feb 2019: Information event on HS2 and rolling stock factory

P4H Scotland: NHS National Services Scotland Event 2019

28 Jan 2019: NHS National Services Scotland Event 2019Officially supported by National Services Scotland, National Procurement (NSS NP), P4H Scotland 2019 – The Procurement Event For Health, provides a unique platform for both buyers and suppliers to engage across a range of interactive and educational features, all designed to enhance collaboration, in support of driving greater efficiencies and savings across Scotland’s NHS £2.30bn+ public procurement marketplace.

UK Government Publishes Advice on Public Sector Procurement on Brexit

18 Jan 2019: The UK Government has published advice on Public Sector Procurement after Brexit for both ‘deal’ and ‘no-deal’ scenarios, which includes the framework for public procurement.

East Dunbartonshire Procurement Event: One Week to Go

9 Jan 2019: Dunbartonshire Chamber is supporting

Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) Scheduled Downtime on the 12th January 2019

7 Jan 2019: Please note that scheduled downtime is planned to take place from Saturday, 12th January 2019 from 09:00 until 23:59. We will be using this time to run essential maintenance on the infrastructure behind the service and apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any queries please contact the PCS Support Team on 0800 222 9003.

Christmas and New Year Service

21 Dec 2018: The Supplier Development Programme, would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Our helpdesk will be closed from 1.00pm Monday 24th December 2018 to 3rd January 2019 with limited cover throughout the festive period on the non-public holiday days. Please email enquiries to info@sdpscotland.co.uk and these will be answered on our return.

Greenhills Road/A726 Strathaven Road - Supplier Engagement Day - by Wills Bros Civil Eng Ltd

4 Dec 2018: Wills Bros Civil Engineering LtdMaxim 3, Floor 1Parklands AvenueEurocentralML1 4WQThursday 6th December 2018 - 10:00 – 15:00Sign up to attend the Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd Supplier Engagement Day for Greenhills Road/A726 Strathaven Road Corridor Improvements, East Kilbride.

Businesses invited to meet the ‘real’ buyer

23 Nov 2018: A UNIQUE event giving direct access to South Lanarkshire Council buyers is to take place in Hamilton this month.

New Secure Document Storage facility in Public Contracts Scotland.

18 Oct 2018: Get Tender Ready

The Scottish Business Exhibition: Taking Your Business to the Next Level

25 Sep 2018: What: The Scottish Business Exhibition

Accessing public sector contracts if there’s no Brexit deal

18 Sep 2018: This notice is meant for guidance only.

Procurex Scotland 2018

11 Sep 2018: Learn about and contribute to ongoing procurement reform in Scotland by attending Procurex Scotland 2018, which is taking place at the SEC, Glasgow on 23 October.

Construction and Trades framework £242m

10 Sep 2018: GLASGOW City Council has launched a tender process for £242 million worth of construction, civil engineering and road infrastructure projects that are due to get under way in and around the city between 2019 and 2022.

Supplier Development Programme welcomes Jacobs as its first Corporate Member

3 Sep 2018: Scotland’s tender training service has welcomed its first corporate member.

Heathrow Business Summit - Glasgow

31 Aug 2018: South Lanarkshire Council is supporting Heathrow Airport with their upcoming Business Supply Chain event taking place in Glasgow on 10thSeptember 2018. We’ve got some great suppliers coming this year who are all keen to connect with Scottish SMEs and share the contract opportunities on offer as part of Heathrow’s expansion plans. From World Duty Free to Balfour Beatty, to Mace and Babcock Marine, this is an exciting opportunity to meet directly with suppliers at this free event. This is an ideal event if you operate in the retail, construction, manufacturing, engineering & professional services sector.

Almost half of government digital spend now goes to SMEs

27 Aug 2018: The latest figures from Digital Marketplace show that almost half of all spend went directly to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Companies invited to get involved in Hawick Flood Protection Scheme

17 Aug 2018: Contractors and suppliers from across the Scottish Borders are being invited to find out about the work opportunities the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme has to offer.

Glen Housing Association – Approved Contractors

17 Aug 2018: Glen Housing Association is looking to add to its Approved Contractors’ List, from which, contractors will be invited to tender for the Association’s Repairs and Maintenance contracts.

Hub South West - 6 new projects reach preferred bidder stage

14 Aug 2018: It’s been a busy summer at hub with 6 new projects reaching ‘Preferred Bidder’ stage. With a number of other projects in development, we can see no immediate end to this, so it’s a great time to keep in touch with the hub team and with the opportunities coming up.

Meet the Buyer North 2018- More exhibitors announced!

9 Aug 2018: The Supplier Development Programme in partnership with Scottish Government, Scotland Excel and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are holding their first Meet the Buyer North event on the 5th September, 2018 at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.

Lanarkshire Business Conference 2018

7 Aug 2018: NLC is delighted to announce that the Annual Business Conference, hosted by North and South Lanarkshire Council will take place on Thursday 30th August 2018 from 9.00am to 1.30pm at the recently launched Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Blantyre (3 Watt Place, Hamilton International Technology Park, G72 0AG).

Dumfries and Galloway Council Procurement team is conducting an external survey

31 Jul 2018: The Procurement Team are conducting an External Survey to allow organisations to provide us with valuable feedback to enable Dumfries and Galloway Council to effectively review and improve our systems and processes around procurement, including tendering, contract management and payment.

Highlands and Islands NHS Market Ready Programme

29 Jun 2018: The National Health Service  presents some excellent commercial opportunities for the supply chain but can be a complex market to access.  Highlands and Islands Enterprise has contracted with Proactis to develop a pilot project which will support a selected group of businesses seeking to engage with the health service.  Participants will be provided with the tools, skills and knowledge to increase their chances of success in procurement and contracting.  

The new Supplier Journey is now live!

28 Jun 2018: Last year the Scottish Government received 2,674 responses to  its supplier guidance survey.  Thank you for your comments! 

BIM Online Discussion Forum

22 Jun 2018: recently launched by Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Data Protection and Privacy

25 May 2018: You may have noticed a lot of emails in your inbox regarding the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) asking for your consent to continue to receive emails. When you joined the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) you elected to receive news and information via email relating to services and products available to you exclusively as a member. You can of course unsubscribe from these newsletters at any time either by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the foot of the newsletter. However, we will continue to send you notification of training events and relevant opportunities related to public sector tendering,  and any other important information that as a member you must be made aware of.

Backing for small business

23 May 2018: Almost 80% of public sector contract awards go to SMEs.

Scottish Government Temporary & Interim Staff Services Frameworks

26 Apr 2018: The current suite of Scottish Government Temp & Interim Staff Services Frameworks has now entered its last year of service and are due to expire on 12 April 2019.    The Scottish Government Procurement and Commercial Directorate (SPCD), has now commenced the re-let of the 3rd generation of these frameworks.

Framework - for the provision of brickwork, blockwork and stonework

24 Apr 2018: South Lanarkshire Council intends to create a JCT Framework for the provision of brickwork, blockwork and stonework, to assist in the Council’s future capital programme.

Scottish Government Framework - Supported Business Event

20 Apr 2018: Scottish Government are hosting an event on Monday 23rd April at New Register House in Edinburgh at 10am for Supported Businesses.

Urgent Notice – Public Contracts Scotland Notice alert email issue

18 Apr 2018: Please note that the Public Contracts Scotland email notification service has been unavailable since 6.00pm on Friday 13 April and they are working to fix this issue.

New home for Healthy Working Lives

21 Mar 2018: Healthy Working Lives has launched its new website, allowing businesses across Scotland to access personalised advice to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of their workforce.

Public realm contracts in Glasgow worth up to £130million now available

13 Mar 2018: From the 8th March Glasgow City Council will begin the procurement process for contracts for Glasgow City Region City Deal public realm infrastructure projects in Glasgow worth up to £130million, with individual contracts anticipated to range in value from £5million - £20million.

Procurement for Health Scotland

2 Mar 2018: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP), will have a stand at the forthcoming NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) event, P4H Scotland 2018, taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), on Tuesday 20 March.

Energy Saving Trust Procurement Guide for Suppliers

22 Feb 2018: Energy Saving Trust’s Sustainable energy supply chain programme have recently updated their procurement guide for energy efficiency and renewable suppliers.

Crown Commercial Services (CCS) host webinars to help SME’s

9 Feb 2018: CCS are hosting a range of webinars to help SMEs win government contracts including;

Talking Tenders

31 Jan 2018: To compliment the current support, resources and procurement training courses SDP offer, we are delighted to launch a brand new series of free digital workshops titled Talking Tenders.

The Scottish government has set up helplines for anyone who may be affected by the failure of the construction firm Carillion

23 Jan 2018: The company went into liquidation on Monday, after running up losses on contracts and struggling with heavy debts.

Public Contracts Scotland - Notification of Public Contracts Scotland Downtime

11 Jan 2018: Public Contracts Scotland will be unavailable on Friday 19 January from 18:00 and for a period of 24 hours, due to scheduled downtime.

Next Generation Access (NGA) Infrastructure

8 Jan 2018: Scottish Procurement is pleased to announce the Contract Notice initiating the procurement of the Next Generation Access (NGA) Infrastructure. This is the first major step in extending superfast broadband access to 100 per cent of the country and a key activity in supporting the 2017/2018 Programme for Government.

Upcoming contract opportunities to supply the contents of Baby Boxes

5 Jan 2018: As part of a Scottish Government initiative the first baby boxes of 2018 have begun to be delivered to expectant parents.

EU Thresholds Rise for 2018/19

3 Jan 2018: The European Commission has updated thresholds above which public procurement rules apply for the next two years. The new thresholds for contracts governed by the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, the Concessions Contracts (Scotland) Regulation 2016, the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011, came into force on 1 January 2018, and will be in place until the end of 2019.

New Contract Opportunity from Highlands and Islands Enterprise

27 Nov 2017: Highlands and Islands Enterprise have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) on Public Contracts Scotland  to gauge market interest in a potential future contract opportunity. It will also inform HIE’s procurement strategy ensuring that any procurement route subsequently selected is attractive to the marketplace and will provide a competitive tendering environment for efficient delivery of any future contract requirements.

Updated Supplier Guide: Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)

27 Nov 2017: A new information page has been added to the Procurement Journey on Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS). This new page can be accessed from the “Additional Resources” block, which can be located both at the bottom of the home page and on the left hand side of station pages. With this update, three new documents have also been added to the Procurement Journey. These are:

Would you like to engage with Fife Council in the drafting of their Procurement Strategy?

16 Nov 2017: Do you have involvement (or an interest) in public procurement? Do you have views on the approach taken to spending public money with third party suppliers? Do you have any ideas about how Fife Council can improve the value for money they get and make the money they spend work event harder?

£1.5bn Scottish housing framework out to tender

10 Nov 2017: A consortium of Scottish local authorities is putting together a house-building framework worth £1.5 billion to the selected contractors.

Win your Business in a Box 2017

30 Oct 2017: One budding entrepreneur will win £5,000 + more to start their new business this November. 

Why visit the Scottish Business Exhibition?

10 Oct 2017: The Scottish Business Exhibition is the event for ambitious Scottish Businesses.

CivTech 2.0

8 Sep 2017: Support for innovation projectsAccelerator programme winners announced.

SWECO appointed lead consultancy for £113m Cross Tay Link road project

15 Aug 2017: Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has been appointed by Perth & Kinross Council as the lead consultant on the £113 million Cross Tay Link Road project on the outskirts of Perth. The consultancy contract is valued at £3.5 million.

Nine Contractors named on £800m Scottish Schools and Community Buildings Framework

14 Aug 2017: The Scottish Procurement Alliance has revealed the nine main contractors to have secured places on its £800 million schools and community buildings framework.

ESPD (Scotland) is coming to Public Contracts Scotland

2 Aug 2017: All public bodies in Scotland will need to issue and accept the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) in an entirely electronic format from April 2018. This will be integrated into PCS, allowing suppliers to use the new functionality to complete their ESPD responses entirely online. The functionality will be built into the existing PCS portal and will not require users to re-register or log-in separately.

Tender Information Session at Scotland Excel

1 Aug 2017: The Small Value Contracts Team at Scotland Excel are holding a Tender Information Session on Thursday 3rd of August at 10.00am at their offices at Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1AR.  This will cover the following frameworks which are in the first phase of this year’s delivery plan:

Update to NUTS codes on Public Contracts Scotland

21 Jul 2017: Following an update to the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website on 19th July 2017, higher value contract notices which have to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) will now contain NUTS Codes - the classification of territorial units for statistics used by the European Commission (EC) to geographically subdivide countries to gather data.

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal Secured

20 Jul 2017: The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region has secured a £1.1bn deal from the UK and Scottish Governments.

Plans submitted for Glasgow City Deal projects

20 Jul 2017: Two of Renfrewshire Council's City Deal projects have taken a major step forward with the submission of planning applications for both Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) Projects and Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) projects.

Transport Secretary Confirms new HS2 Routes

18 Jul 2017: Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (17 July 2017) confirmed Britain’s new high speed rail lines which will create business opportunities, a boost in jobs and skills and thousands of extra seats on faster trains to Glasgow and Edinburgh from London.

Food and Drink Collaborative Innovation Fund

14 Jul 2017: As part of that new Make Innovation Happen service, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise are investing £650,000 into a new Food and Drink Collaborative Innovation Fund.

Contract notice issued for advance works on A9 Dualling Programme

13 Jul 2017: A9 looking north towards Inshes junction

Logannet Demolition - Supply Contracts

4 Jul 2017: Brown and Mason (demolition contractors at Logannet) have asked any interested suppliers to, in the first instance, make their services and interest known via logannet@brownandmason.co.uk

Bargeddie Waste Treatment Facility - Meet the Buyer Event

21 Jun 2017: Viridor is working in partnership with Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire Councils to design, construct and operate state of the art waste treatment facilities for the Clyde Valley.

Sharing Experiences of Supplier Engagement with the Lebanese Government

20 Jun 2017: SDP were invited to present an overview of what we do to the Lebanese Government’s Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR) who are working on the modernisation of public procurement in Lebanon and were in Scotland for a study tour.

Hard Landscape Supplier Required

19 Jun 2017: Root 1 West Ltd are looking for a hard landscaper for an immediate start, to run a 2 or 3 man squad for slabs, decks and fences etc.

Heathrow and Exporting is GREAT launch World of Opportunity Grants Programme

19 Jun 2017: Following the celebration of 20 years of the Heathrow Business Summit in 2016, Heathrow committed to establish a grants programme which offered awards of up to £2,000 to growing businesses to help them start exporting or reach new markets.

HEEPS: loan scheme for Registered Social Landlords has reopened

16 Jun 2017: A loan scheme for housing associations and housing co-operatives to make energy saving improvements has reopened. Loans of between £30,000 and £1million will be made available to install energy saving improvements with the aim of bringing properties up to the required Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing.

Don't miss out on Preparing for BIM events

15 Jun 2017: Construction Scotland Innovation Centre are holding free 'Preparing for BIM (Level 2) Awareness Part 1 events taking place on Wednesday 21st June at #hellodigital, An Lochran, Inverness and on Thursday 29th June at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Venturefest Scotland 2017

7 Jun 2017: Venturefest Scotland is a national, business innovation summit designed to help high-growth Scottish SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation.

Building a Local Government Associates Framework

30 May 2017: An 'associates framework' is being commissioned by the IS (Improvement Service) to support change programmes in Scottish Councils and Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs).

Interserve Construction Meet the Buyer Event Friday 19th May

16 May 2017: Interserve Construction has been awarded the contract to build the New Link Road and roundabout in Glenboig and are hosting a Meet the Buyer event on Friday 19th May in the Glenboig Community Centre, 110 Main Street, Glenboig, ML5 2RD.  The event will open from 8.30am until 7.30pm.

Meet the Buyer 2017 - Change of Date

20 Apr 2017: In light of the General Election, voted for by parliament yesterday (19th April) now clashing with the planned date of our Meet the Buyer event on the 8th June we have taken the decision to postpone the event in order to maximise the number of public sector exhibitors able to attend the event and the opportunities it will provide for suppliers.

Easter Office Closure

13 Apr 2017: Our offices will be closed on Friday 14th April and Monday 17th April for the Easter weekend and our helpdesk will be unavailable during this time.

Four firms chasing multi-million A96 contract

5 Apr 2017: Four design consultancies or Joint Ventures are to be invited to bid for the contract for a 26 mile stretch of the A96 from east of Huntly to Aberdeen - the eastern section of the Scottish Government's ambitious programme to dual the A96 from Inverness to Aberdeen by 2030.

Glasgow City Region City Deal - Another Opportunity for your input

4 Apr 2017: Glasgow City Region City Deal has another opportunity for your input on major infrastructure projects.

G-Cloud 9 is open for applications

23 Mar 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.

Survey - Site Waste Management Plans in the Scottish Construction Sector

9 Mar 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.

Waste Prevention support for Scottish construction sector SMEs

9 Mar 2017: Breakfast briefing in Inverness at The Royal Highland Hotel   (bacon butties included)

Morrison Construction Meet the Buyer Event - 1st March

27 Feb 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.

Framework Agreement for the Provision of Passenger Transport Services

22 Feb 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.

Designing out Construction Waste

17 Feb 2017: Launch of a new online guide for designers, architects and project teams.

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

14 Feb 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.

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre - Preparing for BIM Event

2 Feb 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.

Dumfries and Galloway Growth Accelerator Programme Workshops

2 Feb 2017: 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

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

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

11 Jan 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.

Framework Opportunity for Energy Efficiency Contractors

11 Jan 2017: Scotland Excel has recently published a contract notice on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)

Annual Supplier Survey now live!

5 Jan 2017: Happy New Year from the Supplier Development Programme!

Opportunities with new Scotland Excel Frozen Food Framework

20 Dec 2016: Scotland Excel have issued a Prior Information Notice for their new Frozen Food Framework on Public Contracts Scotland.

SDP Launches New Policy Workshops

20 Dec 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.

Herald Family Business Awards 2016

8 Dec 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.

Scottish Government Supplier Survey

2 Dec 2016: The Scottish Government want to make it as easy as possible for suppliers to bid for public sector contracts. Can you help?

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

25 Nov 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.

Open Contracting in Scottish Government

21 Nov 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.

Scotland Build 2016

15 Nov 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.

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

2 Nov 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.

Shortlist announced for Herald Family Business Awards

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

Glasgow 2018 Supplier Engagement Event

28 Oct 2016: SDP Scotland were at the successful Supplier Engagement event for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships on the 27th October. If you missed it you can download the slides here glasgow2018-supplier-engagement-event-slides

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

27 Oct 2016: Construction companies in Tayside are being invited to share in projects worth more than £130 million.

Procurement Strategies

24 Oct 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.

Cyber Resilience Voucher for micro and SME businesses

24 Oct 2016: 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 innovation lauded at Herald awards as Equator wins top accolade

24 Oct 2016: 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.

Collaborate to access new Markets

11 Oct 2016: Win a £10,000 prize to help you set up a consortium co-operative to access new markets with like-minded businesses.

High-speed broadband promised in extra 360,000 premises

11 Oct 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."

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

10 Oct 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.

Supplier Development Programme supports the 2016 Scottish Family Business awards

22 Sep 2016: Family firms are again being invited to enter one of Scotland’s most prestigious awards schemes.

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

14 Sep 2016: 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.

Supplier Development Programme launches new series of tender training workshops

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

New EU/Brexit Support Service from the Scottish Government

24 Aug 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.

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

22 Aug 2016: CCS are hosting a range of webinars to help SMEs win government contracts

APUC seek supplier feedback

11 Aug 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.

The CivTech® pilot breaks cover

26 Jul 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.

Do you need support to deliver an innovative project?

4 Jul 2016: Access resources to innovate and grow

Inverclyde business can tap into £1bn City deal opportunity

13 Jun 2016: Businesses in Inverclyde have a chance to tap into public sector contracts as part of the City Deal.

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

31 May 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

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

15 May 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.

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

9 May 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 Scottish Government’s eInvoicing Solution

27 Apr 2016: National eInvoicing Solution

MoD announces measures to boost SME spend

25 Apr 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.

Bid process for £65m Glasgow housing project launches

8 Apr 2016: The tender process for the largest housing project of its type outside of London, will launch later this month on April 18.

European Single Procurement Document (Scotland) supplier guidance now available

24 Mar 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.

Legislation guidance now available

18 Mar 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

Introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)

14 Mar 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:

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

4 Mar 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.

Get involved in Lanarkshire Business week!

16 Feb 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.

Contract opportunities for manufacturing now available

11 Feb 2016: Are you involved with manufacturing? Are you interested in supplying to the public sector beyond Scotland?

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

15 Jan 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

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

14 Jan 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.

Scottish SMEs rates relief scheme to remain in place into 2017

11 Jan 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.

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

5 Jan 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.

Summary of changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland

21 Dec 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:

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

18 Dec 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.

Contracts registers now available on PCS

16 Dec 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.

Festive opening hours

7 Dec 2015: The SDP office will be closed on the following dates

SDP celebrates Family Businesses at Herald Awards night

3 Dec 2015: The Supplier Development Progamme were delighted to sponsor the Rural Family Business (Small) category at the Herald Family Business Awards, which took place in the Grand Central Hotel on Wednesday, 2nd December. Congratulations are due to all winners and nominees, in particular MDIVE (www.m-dive.co.uk) and Mitchells, joint winners of the above award.

City Building encourages businesses to apply for £280m of opportunities

26 Nov 2015: Leading Scottish construction company City Building is looking for qualified and experienced subcontractors to support its work in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Scottish Government announces funding for town centre regeneration

24 Nov 2015: A £1.7 million fund will help communities across Scotland revitalise their areas, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil announced today.

New waste regulations for Scottish businesses

18 Nov 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.

Co-operative Development Scotland launch £50k Collaboration Prize

18 Nov 2015: 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.

Guidance released on Fair Work Practices in public contracts

27 Oct 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.

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

23 Oct 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.

GCV City Deal news - Benefits for Barrhead as site is developed

9 Oct 2015: Barrhead is set to benefit from East Renfrewshire Council’s ongoing regeneration work in the area with the Nestle development.

Launch of the new national Procurement Journey

9 Oct 2015: 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.

Public Procurement Workshops– Tendering for Energy Efficiency and Renewables Contracts

9 Oct 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.

New subcontracting opportunities on PCS

20 Sep 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.

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

11 Sep 2015: The 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.

Spotlight on Family Business at Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2015

31 Aug 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.

New free procurement training programme for Scottish SME’s launched

31 Aug 2015: The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) – Scotland’s free tender training service for SME’s - has launched a new programme of tender training events.

Webinars

25 Aug 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.

NDEP Workshop Procurement

20 Aug 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.

Procurex Scotland Live 2015

5 Aug 2015: We're excited to be exhibiting at Procurex Scotland Live 2015!

Improve your Tender Performance at the Royal Concert Hall

4 Jun 2015: Supplier 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 .

The Robot Remains: New Supplier Development Programme Website Launched.

4 Jun 2015: Love 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

Notice

29 May 2015: Updated information will be available shortly.

Scotland's largest tender training programme publish framework contract

15 May 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.

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

15 May 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

Supplier Development Programme launches series of free procurement training webinars

15 May 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.

The Gathering 2015

15 May 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.

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