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March 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 ParliamentÂ’s shop.

North Lanarkshire CouncilÂ’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 GovernmentÂ’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 CouncilÂ’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: ScotlandÂ’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 ScotlandÂ’s economy. 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?

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