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Public sector buyers have been invited to participate in a Twitter Takeover of the SDP Scotland account today, 2 June, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, as part of SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. Suppliers are encouraged to follow the #MeetTheBuyer2020 hashtag on Twitter and ask real time questions to buyers, as well as participate in webinars on Frameworks & Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) and Public Contracts Scotland (PCS): What would you like to know?. This blog outlines information on working with Falkirk Council, including information on procurement and business support.

Falkirk Council Procurement

Effective and efficient procurement positively supports Falkirk Council in achieving its priorities, as set out in the Council’s Corporate Plan. The Council’s Procurement Strategy 2017-20 was published in December 2016 and provides a corporate vision, direction and focus for all procurement activities within the authority. Falkirk Council's Procurement and Commissioning Unit website outlines more information for suppliers interested in doing business with the local authority. Suppliers can also access Falkirk Council’s Annual Procurement Report for additional information.

Falkirk Council Procurement Infographic

Quick Quotes

Quick Quote limits for Works contracts at Falkirk Council were previously set at the same limits as supplies and services at £49,999. However, the Emergency Executive recently approved an increase to the Works Quick Quote limit and it is now £249,999. Falkirk Council’s Contract Standing Orders require that local suppliers need to be invited to quote (where a suitable supplier exists), and as such the increased limit will come as a welcome change for local suppliers that were previously unsuccessful with tender bids.

The Supplier Development Programme offers free webinar training called Quick Quotes Made Easy, which is available to SMEs and supported businesses in Scotland.

Procurement Clinics

Falkirk Council provides extensive support to local suppliers through Procurement Clinics. Local suppliers are invited to attend clinic appointments lasting 30 minutes, available from 09:30 to 12:00. Clinics normally take place at The Forum, Callendar Business Park, Falkirk, FK1 1XR, however during the COVID-19 crisis in line with Government advice, appointments shall be conducted via telephone or Webex.

Dates for Future Procurement Clinics

  • 24 June 2020
  • 22 July 2020
  • 19 August 2020
  • 23 September 2020
  • 21 October 2020
  • 25 November 2020
  • 16 December 2020
Bookings for Procurement Clinics
Bookings for future Procurement Clinics Bookings can be made by emailing pcu@falkirk.gov.uk with the following information:
  • Company Name
  • Contact Name
  • Address
  • Contact Tel No.
  • Email Address
  • Type of Business
  • Nature of Query

Business Support

Falkirk Council offers business support to local businesses through Business Gateway. Suppliers are welcome to download Falkirk Council's contact details sheet.

Scottish SMEs and supported businesses can learn more about Falkirk Council's partnership with the Supplier Development Programme, including the named SDP Rep for Falkirk Council, by visiting its membership section on the SDP website when you are logged in.

Suppliers are encouraged to participate in a Twitter Takeover of the SDP Scotland account as part of SDP's Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event. You are encouraged to follow the #MeetTheBuyer2020 hashtag on Twitter and ask real time questions that you may have about tendering, upcoming opportunities and business support.

The Supplier Development Programme offers free webinar training called Quick Quotes Made Easy, which is available to SMEs and supported businesses in Scotland. You are also welcome to email SDP Scotland with any other questions or to request further information.

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