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Last Chance to Register for Ayrshire Meet the Buyer

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Ayrshire Meet the Buyer will take place as a virtual event tomorrow, 27 April 2021 from 9:30am - 2:30pm, supported by the Supplier Development Programme. To avoid disappointment, suppliers are encouraged to register as soon as possible!

Procurement teams from the North, East and South Ayrshire Councils will be available to meet virtually with suppliers, alongside other public and private sector buying organisations. You can also find out how to become 'tender ready' for bid writing for these many opportunities with the Supplier Development Programme.


Throughout the day, suppliers will have the opportunity to virtually visit exhibition stands, download information and speak directly on a one-to-one basis with buyers via in-built video conferencing, as well as attend various live presentations from key note speaker and Q&A sessions on Community Wealth Building, Quick Quotes, Supply Chain Opportunities and Top Tips for Tendering. Suppliers can view the full agenda on the Ayrshire Meet the Buyer event page!

The day will start with an opening message from the Chief Executives of all three councils, which will set the scene and give suppliers an overview of how procurement is integral to economic development, as well as current and upcoming projects like the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

The formal agenda also includes a presentation on how to be invited to Quick Quotes with all three Ayrshire Council procurement staff, where suppliers will be able to ask questions in a live question and answer session.

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South Kyle Wind Farm

If you are interested in understanding how your business - whatever your sector - can potentially engage with the South Kyle Wind Farm, a joint presentation from Vattenfall UK and RJ McLeod is your opportunity to learn more!

Energy giant Vattenfall UK will be joining Scottish primary contracting civil engineering firm RJ McLeod to talk about opportunities related to the renewables project at South Kyle Wind Farm.

A common refrain that SDP often hears from suppliers is, "We don't work in that sector." However, there are several opportunities to engage outwith civil engineering - all of which contribute to community wealth building outcomes!

RJ McLeod is interested in maximising opportunities for micro and small businesses - particularly supported businesses and third sector - in Ayrshire, from local food and drink and cleaning businesses right through to civil contractors, portable cabin manufacturers and crane operators. Other examples of the types of local businesses RJ McLeod is looking to speak to include garages for vehicle services and MOTs, electricians, plumbers, mobile blacksmiths, agricultural suppliers, timber mills, builder merchants, specialist equipment hire, tool suppliers, straw suppliers, accommodation including B&Bs, plant hire and more!

Suppliers will be able to visit Vattenfall UK and RJ McLeod in the virtual exhibition area during the full event to introduce your business offerings and learn more about how to work within the supply chain for South Kyle Wind Farm.

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Business Support & Ayrshire Growth Deal

Business Support is offered to attending suppliers located in each Ayrshire Council area. Though this is a Meet the Buyer event, the exhibitions in the Business Support section aren't there to be 'sold' to, but rather for you to learn what is available to you through business support services.

The Ayrshire Growth Deal exhibition will focus on defining what a Growth Deal is and answering common questions from suppliers, and attendees will be signposted to speak to individual Council procurement exhibitions for any specific contracts related to the Ayrshire Growth Deal.


Exhibitions for Headline Partners include:

  • East Ayrshire Council Construction Projects
  • East Ayrshire Council Ayrshire Road Alliance
  • East Ayrshire Council Housing Services, Building and Works
  • East Ayrshire Council Social Care, ICT, Ground Maintenance, F&PM Services
  • North Ayrshire Council High Value Projects
  • North Ayrshire Council Quick Quotes & Low Value Projects
  • North Ayrshire Council Health and Social Care Partnership
  • South Ayrshire Council Quick Quotes & Low Value Procurement (£0-£50,000)
  • South Ayrshire Council High Value Contracts & Tenders (£50,000+)
  • South Ayrshire Council Social Care HSCP Contracts
  • South Ayrshire Council Construction Contracts

Other Public Sector Exhibitions include:

  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • PfH Scotland
  • Scottish Procurement Alliance
  • Scotland Excel
  • hub South West Scotland
  • Crown Commercial Service

Primary Contractor Exhibitions with Supply Chain Opportunities include:

  • South Kyle Wind Farm - Vattenfall UK and RJ McLeod
  • Ashleigh (Scotland) Limited
  • Doveryard Limited
  • McTaggart Construction
  • Booth Welsh
  • Clark Contracts

Exhibitions for Business Support for Local Suppliers include:

  • East Ayrshire Council Economic Development and Business Development
  • South Ayrshire Council Business Support
  • North Ayrshire Council Business Support
  • Ayrshire Growth Deal
  • Real Living Wage
  • Supplier Development Programme

Last chance to book!

To avoid disappointment, please remember to book your free place as soon as possible, and grab more information on the agenda and exhibitors from the main information page on the SDP website!

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