Virtual event

Construction headlines at the virtual Meet the Buyer 2022 event

The Supplier Development Program will host the 13th annual Meet the Buyer event online on June 15 with key partners, the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel.

Meet the Buyer 2022 will see more than 200 employees from 41 online exhibition stands come together for one-on-one meetings with companies, representing the public sector, private contractors and business support providers.

The event is free.

The virtual stages feature speakers on emerging business opportunities and topics such as the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire Supply Chain Diversification, Net Zero, Growth Deals, links to community wealth development, sustainable sourcing, fair work first, how to bring innovation to the public sector, Brexit and COVID-19 economic recovery plans.

Scotland Excel is also looking for companies to bid for an upcoming National Framework Opportunity for Repair, Maintenance and Refurbishment Services.

Micro, small and medium-sized businesses, from blacksmiths to bathrooms, electricians to fencing, carpenters to flooring, kitchens to painters and plumbers, roofers to heating, ventilation, windows and doors, and other trades too, are welcome to ask their questions about how they can potentially get business from this framework, wherever they are in Scotland.

Procurement managers from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire will also present plans to diversify their local supply chains in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme.

The Ministry of Defense will also be available next month at Meet the Buyer 2022, showcasing how to bid and ensure SMEs have a fair opportunity to contribute to UK defense and security, and the ability to compete with success in international markets.

Both RJ McLeod and Levenseat will be on hand to speak with independent traders and small businesses to increase transparency of their supply chain opportunities and community wealth building initiatives for projects in areas local communities across Scotland.

From the comfort of their own screen, businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their businesses, speak to key contacts, and learn about tenders and projects buyers have underway for micro, small, medium, and supported businesses. for the supply of materials. , goods and services to Scotland and the UK public sector.

Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, is confirmed to deliver a keynote address, subject to Parliamentary Business.

This is the second year in a row that this event will be held virtually – and 91% of Scottish SMEs and supported businesses were more likely to bid for public sector contracts after attending last year’s event.

Non-SME vendors are also eligible to attend and must create an account with SDP to reserve a place.

The Supplier Development Program (SDP) is a business support initiative that uses training and information to help micro, small and medium enterprises support all aspects of tendering.

SDP is a partnership between local authorities, the Scottish Government and other public bodies working together to help businesses prepare to bid for contracts.

With public procurement processes that require a more formal tendering approach than some private sector opportunities, the SDP improves prospects for SMEs when competing across Scotland where annual public spending amount to £13.3 billion.

SDP provides this support through training and events.

Gillian Cameron, Supplier Development Program Manager, said: “Meet the Buyer is a free virtual event that gives small businesses unprecedented access to buyers and decision makers in the public and private sectors, with the opportunity to improve your profile as a business and prepare for future contract opportunities.

“No business is too small to attend Meet the Buyer. The public sector buys goods, works and services from businesses and independent contractors across Scotland, so this event provides a chance for businesses of all sizes – especially in the construction industry – to give a whirlwind pitch to many potential new clients, all in one place.”

Whether starting out with public contracts or as experienced bidders, the UK and international market, particularly the EU, offers many opportunities for small construction companies.

Businesses should pre-register to attend Meet the Buyer 2022 by visiting