Meet the Buyer 2020 Round-up: Scottish Government
On 2 June, the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) organised virtual activities to mark the occasion of what would have been the 12th annual Meet the Buyer event. While the face-to-face event was postponed, SDP carried out a “Twitter Takeover” of its account with buyers from Fife Council, East Renfrewshire Council, South Ayrshire Council and Scottish Government Procurement. This social media activity was complemented by two free SDP tender training webinars on Dynamic Purchasing Systems and Frameworks with Scotland Excel, and a “how-to” interactive session on using Public Contracts Scotland, the national public sector tender portal for Scotland. 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.
Scottish Government Procurement used the time on the SDP Twitter account to discuss the topic “Construction and SMEs.” Scott Bell from the Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate in the Scottish Government was joined by Graham Porteous, Head of Construction Procurement Policy Unit, Elisabeth Stark, Head of Manufacturing and Construction, and Colin Proctor, Director of Construction Industry and Delivery at Scottish Futures Trust.
Right away, there was a Tweet from FMB Scotland that linked construction, recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and the green agenda.
We want to get the construction sector restarted asap and support a safe, planned transition to economic recovery. For further info see Construction Policy Notes 1/2020 and 3/2020 https://t.co/OQuv9nWUaJ#MeetTheBuyer2020 #PowerofProcurement— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
In response to the Scottish Government's opening tweet, FMB Scotland asked another question that many would like an answer to, regarding when Phase 2 of the restart plan will begin. From the SDP account, Scottish Government Procurement tweeted that it is monitoring population health data that will inform when future steps can be taken.
Thanks for the question. At this point we are monitoring population health data and that will inform when future steps can be taken.— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
Safety and Quality
The Scottish Government then tweeted about getting the construction sector back to work safely.
Our top consideration is getting the construction sector back to work safely – for the workforce and the public. Focus must also be on quality. Find out more in our Construction Policy Notes.https://t.co/OQuv9nWUaJ#MeetTheBuyer2020 #PowerofProcurement #GoodForBusiness pic.twitter.com/SMIVjOK4w2— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
There was also a focus on quality of construction works, once the construction sector is back to work, in the Scottish Government's tweets.
We also need to ensure that construction works are undertaken in a way that doesn’t detract from the quality of the finished product. Check out our Construction Policy Notes 1/2020 & 3/2020 for up to date guidance. https://t.co/OQuv9nWUaJ#MeetTheBuyer2020 #PowerofProcurement pic.twitter.com/8aZqT1poWu— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
Construction Policy Notes
The Scottish Government tweeted about the importance of effective planning for recovery in the construction sector, with an emphasis on a project pipeline to ensure continuity of work.
To allow the construction sector to effectively plan for recovery, we must have a project pipeline with sufficient throughput to ensure continuity of work. Take a look at Construction Policy Notes 1/2020 & 3/2020 https://t.co/OQuv9nWUaJ #MeetTheBuyer2020 #PowerofProcurement pic.twitter.com/G9tagZjct4— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
Scottish Government also linked to the latest guidance document available to date, which was updated on 28 May 2020.
There was additional emphasis placed on progressing construction recovery by proactively addressing risks to the market and contractors by the Scottish Government procurement officials.
Works must progress to construction by the most timely procurement route(s), but care must be taken not to flood the market or unduly overload contractors. Check out Construction Policy Notes 1/2020 & 3/2020 for info. https://t.co/OQuv9nWUaJ#MeetTheBuyer2020 #PowerofProcurement pic.twitter.com/C9FAq2fsrC— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
Construction Scotland was given a mention by Scottish Government in a tweet that pointed to its Construction Re-Start Plan, which describes the construction industry re-start plan in more detail.
Scottish Government officials returned to more emphasis on Construction Policy Notes on the recommencement of construction work, Project Bank Accounts, reopening of construction sites and managing disputes.
We have published four Construction Policy Notes covering recommencement of construction work, Project Bank Accounts, reopening of construction sites and managing disputes.— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
Find out everything you need to know here: https://t.co/OQuv9nWUaJ #MeetTheBuyer2020 #PowerofProcurement pic.twitter.com/iMC1HiCVkt
Another tweet pointed to a Scottish Government Procurement Blog on relaxing wet signatures for Project Bank Accounts to facilitate their use in the construction sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.
More policy advice highlighted managing disputes and maintaining cash flow.
Scottish Futures Trust
Scottish Government also mentioned Scottish Futures Trust as it turned to the role of technology and infratech in innovation of new ways of working in the construction sector.
The Scottish Government asked if there were any final questions, but there were none forthcoming!
Scott Bell from the Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate in the Scottish Government, Graham Porteous, Head of Construction Procurement Policy Unit, Elisabeth Stark, Head of Manufacturing and Construction, and Colin Proctor, Director of Construction Industry and Delivery at Scottish Futures Trust then turned control of the SDP Scotland Twitter account back to Gillian Cameron, Programme Manager of the Supplier Development Programme.
Thanks for all your questions. SDP will now take over, so feel free to ask @GillianSDP any tendering questions you might have for the next hour. More info about construction and procurement can be found on @scotgov #MeetTheBuyer2020 #PowerOfProcurement pic.twitter.com/zaMa1RUAYn— SDP Scotland (@sdpscotland) June 2, 2020
During one hour, the Scottish Government sent 19 tweets from the SDP Scotland Twitter account during Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. The tweets earned 5,328 impressions (the number of times users saw a Tweet on Twitter) and 187 engagements (total number of times a user interacted with a Tweet). The Scottish Government's tweets earned 15 retweets, 28 likes and three replies.
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