Must See Exhibitors at Meet the Buyer 2021
The Meet the Buyer 2021: Live Virtual Event is scheduled for Tuesday, 8 June and the Supplier Development Programme could not be more excited! Meet the Buyer is a chance for micro, small and medium businesses to have unprecedented one-to-one access to public and private sector decision makers and influencers.
The Supplier Development Programme has announced that nearly 60 public and private sector organisations will exhibit at Meet the Buyer 2021. In addition to headline partners Scottish Government and Scotland Excel, ere is a little bit about what a few of the organisations do and what suppliers can expect at Meet the Buyer.
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) is an independent corporate body, and its function is to provide administrative support to Scottish courts and tribunals, and to the judiciary of courts. Visit the SCTS virtual exhibition stand to hear about future contract opportunities and where to find them.
Northern Lighthouse Board
Northern Lighthouse Board is the General Lighthouse Authority responsible for the waters surrounding Scotland and the Isle of Man. It operates and maintains 207 lighthouses and 170 buoys as well as providing radio aids to navigation (AtoN). Visit the Northern Lighthouse Board virtual exhibition stand for more information about how your business could supply goods, works and services to the coastline and waters of Scotland.
Transport Scotland is the national transport agency for Scotland. Procurement underpins much of the delivery of its priorities and has an impact on its performance and success. At the Transport Scotland stand, suppliers will learn how community benefits and supported businesses are being utilised in the delivery of its projects, and how best to engage for future contract opportunities.
Connecting with Transport Scotland
Due to cyber security requirements, there is an additional step for suppliers to take to connect with the Transport Scotland stand representatives during Meet the Buyer. An exhibition stand notification will state that it is not possible to connect using the live one-to-one video button. Therefore, suppliers should message stand staff representatives through the chat function to ask if they would like to participate in a video call. After a short conversation, suppliers will be given a URL link to a Teams meeting. The supplier must copy and paste the link into a new browser window to connect for a face-to-face virtual meeting with Transport Scotland.
The Supplier Development Programme understands that this extra step may be burdensome; however, in this virtual world we are doing our utmost to ensure participation of buyers and decision makers whilst balancing cyber resilience.
Police Scotland will be exhibiting at Meet the Buyer this year. The procurement team aims to ensure that best value goods and services are delivered for police officers and staff to meet operational requirement and support frontline services, in a way that is ethical and sustainable for the organisation. With this in mind, Police Scotland wants to speak to new and existing suppliers about upcoming procurement opportunities.
hub South West and hub North
hub South West and hub North have teamed up to share an exhibition stand at Meet the Buyer. The organisations are looking to build supply chains throughout Scotland. hub South West develops innovative, sustainable and cost effective solutions for community services and infrastructure projects for education, health, housing and leisure sectors across the southwest of Scotland. hub North is the strategic development partner of choice for the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based infrastructure projects across the north of Scotland. hub North has developed £700 million projects in education, healthcare and emergency service sectors with plans to branch into social housing. The hubs are not just for construction firms, but also look to engage with micro and small local businesses that can supply on-site or near-to-site goods, works and services - these are wide-ranging, and could include everything from local B&Bs to catering to cleaning to garages that can carry out MOTs. Stop by the hub South West and hub North virtual exhibition stand to learn more!
Zero Waste Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland is a support organisation which helps businesses and people use products and resources responsibly, focusing on how it can have the biggest impact on climate change. This is particularly relevant to suppliers to the public sector, as more will be required in the future to ensure your business is getting ready for Net Zero. At the Zero Waste Scotland stand, you will learn how to become more innovative with your business practices to make your business become more sustainable.
There are loads more exhibitors coming to Meet the Buyer in addition to those mentioned above. Check out the Meet the Buyer page to see all the public and private sector organisation exhibiting at Meet the Buyer on 8 June.
If you are interested in coming to Meet the Buyer, you can book your free place on the Supplier Development Programme website.
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