Case Studies

Download case studies, stories and testimonials received from Scottish SMEs that have benefited from attending SPD’s training.

Have you won a contract after participating in SDP training?  Would you like to share your success story?  Contact, and your business could be SDP’s featured business of the month!

SDP “Dovetails” Success with Social Enterprise

A Supported Business credits engagement with SDP for helping to win two public sector contracts in the Spring of 2019. Dovetail is a Supported Business that manufactures certified internal fire doors as well as furniture and beds for the contract market. This social enterprise is located in Dundee and has 52 employees. Dovetail was SDP's featured business for the month of June.

AquAid Wins 1st Contract

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 was SDP's featured business for the month of April.

Wean's World: Procurement Time

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 participated in this free training and was SDP’s featured SME business for the month of March 2019. Weans World Childminding confirmed that its bid was successful in June 2019.

You can also read and download case studies on different local authorities, and the approaches used by the Supplier Development Programme on a local level across Scotland.

Contact for more information, or learn more about how local authorities and member organisations can support your SME business in procurement and business development by exploring the SDP website.

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

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

Connect the Dots in Fife

As a registered partner of the Supplier Development Programme, Fife Council is committed to providing support to the local business community in the tendering process, ultimately supporting the economic growth for the area. Through SDP, Fife Council provides support to Fife businesses by raising awareness of the opportunities for SMEs from the public sector, increasing business readiness to tender, and assisting SMEs in accessing tender opportunities. Learn more about how the Supplier Development Programme runs in Fife.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Proactive Approach to Childcare

SDP Scotland arranged for two courses to be delivered, free of charge, to childcare providers and private early learning providers, in the evenings of Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 March 2019. More than 130 providers of childcare attended the two training sessions. Learn more about North Lanarkshire Council's proactive approach to supporting childcare providers in public sector tendering through the Supplier Development Programme.

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