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Meet the Buyer National

Support provided by Supplier Development Programme

What does this involve?

Meet the Buyer National is taking place at Hampden Park on 5 June, from 10am - 3.30pm.

Come along to meet procurement teams, buyers and supply chain partners. Meet the Buyer is the place to discuss projects and tender opportunities, on a local and national scale, across Scotland and the UK.

Who's Exhibiting?
Headline Sponsor: Scottish Government and Scotland Excel

Education Zone
Sponsored by APUC & Glasgow Caledonian University
Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) 
Glasgow Caledonian University
Energy Technology Partnership (ETP)
Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA)

Construction Zone
Balfour Beatty
hub East Central Scotland
Linear Design & Construct
McTaggart Construction Ltd
Ogilvie Construction
RJ McLeod (Contractors) Limited
Robertson Facilities Management

Transport Zone
AGS Airports
ScotRail Trains Limited
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)
Transport Scotland

Private Sector
Cumberland Platforms Limited (CPL)
Total Security Protection Ltd
PfH Scotland
Venesky-Brown Recruitment
Wheatley Housing Group

Public Sector
Crown Commercial Service
Ministry of Defence (MOD)
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Historic Environment Scotland
Living Wage Scotland
Northern Lighthouse Board
Police Scotland
Registers Of Scotland
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Scottish Procurement Alliance
Social Security Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland

Local Authorities
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeenshire Council
Argyll and Bute Council
Clackmannanshire Council
Dumfries & Galloway Council
East Ayrshire Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Lothian Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Falkirk Council
Fife Council
Glasgow City Council
Highland Council
Inverclyde Council
Midlothian Council
North Ayrshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council
Renfrewshire Council
South Lanarkshire Council
Stirling Council
Supplier Development Programme
West Dunbartonshire Council
West Lothian Council

More to be announced...

What's happening?
This free to visit event gives you access to buyers and decision makers, from organisations across the public and private sectors. You'll have the chance to introduce your company, talk to key buyer contacts, and discover opportunities in their pipelines.

Whether you are a micro, small or medium sized supplier, Meet the Buyer can help you get into public sector supply chains.  You will meet buyers connected to public sector projects, who are looking for suppliers that enrich local economies and support Community Wealth Building.

What are the Benefits of Attendance?
Opportunities to network with procurement teams and buyers from across the public and private sectors.
A chance to pitch your business innovations to buyers.
Hearing speakers discuss their experiences, pipeline projects and upcoming contract opportunities.
Explanation of procurement jargon and buzzwords.
Top tips on how to bid via Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tender from SDP's expert trainers.
Inspiration for your business’ next steps. 

Who should attend Meet the Buyer 2024?
Meet the Buyer National is aims to help SMEs from across Scotland meet buyers. However, all are welcome! Wherever you are based, and however big your business is, there is something useful to be found here!

Not sure if your business’ products and services have a place in public and private sector procurement? You may be able to provide peripheral products and services nearby - for example, MOTs, food and drink, cleaning services, security services, local B&Bs, grounds maintenance. 

You can't afford to miss out on the chance to hear about upcoming projects and contracts.

You'll only know if you go...
Attendance is key. If you don’t sign up for this free event in advance, you will miss out on the opportunity to introduce your business to Scottish local authorities, framework providers, and big contractors.

If your business can attend just one event this year, make it Meet the Buyer 2024!

All suppliers are eligible to attend for free. However, you must register an account with SDP to book a place.

Join the conversation: #MeetTheBuyer2024 

Am I eligible?

The full Supplier Development Programme is open to micro, small and medium-sized businesses based in Scotland - including supported businesses in the third sector - interested in becoming a supplier to the public sector.

All businesses in and out with Scotland can register for and attend Meet the Buyer events.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

All suppliers that wish to do business with Scotland's public sector - and find, win and keep public sector contracts - are welcome to attend.

How long does this take?

The event is open for one business day, and you will control your own schedule.

Important information

The event is free to attend, but you must register your place in advance on the Supplier Development Programme website.

Next steps

Visit the SDP website for more information and to register for your free place.

Support provided by Supplier Development Programme