Business Support

Scottish Government has a range of initiatives, financial support and advice, to grow existing business and encourage business start-ups both directly and via other delivery agents to ensure long term sustainable economic growth in Scotland.


Protect your business against cyber threats Cyber Essentials is a new Government-backed scheme, to guide businesses in protecting against cyber threats.

Small Business: what you need to know about cyber security. Guidance for small businesses on how to put simple cyber security measures in place

Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers – Scottish Model of Procurement

Sustainable public procurement  supports Scotland’s economic growth by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits, supporting innovation and promoting processes and systems which are transparent, streamlined, standardised, proportionate, fair and business-friendly.

The combination of fully funded consultancy support, workshops and online resources  provides accessible, responsive, tailored support to the third sector

Please take a few minutes to watch this short video of keynote speaker Barbara Morton at the recent Meet the Buyer event in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall June 2015 Embedding Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Doing business with government: guide for SMEs

The government wants to buy from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), they are the best value for money. We have changed the way we buy goods and services to help more SMEs to bid for our contracts.

The Public Procurement Network is an informal European-wide co-operation network in the field of public procurement

Government Procurement Service :  Supplier Information.

Public sector procurement in Scotland

Scotland Excel – Centre of Procurement Expertise for Scotland’s local government sector

Local Authorities and SDP’s affiliate members can provide support to SMEs – relevant to procurement issues, business development and growth. The support available is dependent on which local authority area your business is based. Use your local contact below to find out more:


Aberdeen City

Business Support
Contact: Alison Simpson
Phone: 01224 523174


Business Support
Contact: Krystian Kolaczyk
Phone: 01241 438153

Business Gateway

Contact: Robert Sharp
Phone: 01236 888 536

Business Growth Fund

Contact: Robert Sharp
Phone: 01236 632 863

CalMac Ferries Ltd

Contact: Muriel Markie
Phone: 01475 656 326


Business Support
Contact: Jane Adamson
Phone: 01259 452 196

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Contact: Kathleen MacLeod
Phone: 01851 822640

East Dunbartonshire

Contact: Suzanne Bruce
Phone: 0141 578 8625

East Lothian

Business Support
Contact: Mikel Vallejo Moreno
Phone: 01620 827 177

Environmental Health Service

Contact: Robert Sharp
Phone: 01236 632 863


Contact: Gillian Timmons
Phone: 01324 590912


Business Support
Contact: Dot Smith
Phone: 03451 55 55 55 ext 492175

Glasgow City

Business Support
Contact: Pauline Wallace
Phone: 0141 465 7610

Highlands and Islands Airports

Contact: Sarah Shelley
Phone: 01667 464207

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Contact: Ian Considine
Phone: 01463 245 245

Jacobs ( SDP Corporate Member )

Contact: Graeme Dodds
Phone: 0141 243 8000

Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership

Contact: Robert Sharp
Phone: 01236 632 863


Business Support
Contact: Andrew Ralton
Phone: 0131 271 3435


Contact: Diane Beattie
Phone: 01343 563137

National Records of Scotland

Contact: Simon McLean
Phone: 0131 535 1314

North Lanarkshire’s Working

Contact: Robert Sharp
Phone: 01236 632 863

Orkney Islands

Contact: Business Gateway Orkney
Phone: 01856 886666

Perth & Kinross

Business Support
Contact: Mary Mitchell
Phone: 01738 475000

Positive Procurement Programme

Contact: Alison Simpson
Phone: 01224 523174

Registers of Scotland

Contact: John Porter
Phone: 0131 528 3806

Scottish Fire & Rescue

Contact: Stephen McDonagh
Phone: 0141 646 4637

South Ayrshire

Contact: Roddy MacAskill
Phone: 01292 616 114


Business Support
Contact: Steven MacDonald
Phone: 01786 233154

West Lothian

Business Support
Contact: West Lothian Council
Phone: 01698 453734


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