Suppliers can now register for Scotland’s largest public sector supplier event to be held in July

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Over 40 public sector bodies from across Scotland and the UK will meet in Edinburgh this summer for Meet the Buyer 2018 which is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the largest free procurement event in Scotland. Hosted by the Supplier Development Programme on the 6th June at Murrayfield Stadium, the event will be partnered by Scottish Government and Scotland Excel.

26 Scottish Local Authorities, the NHS, DfID and Crown Commercial Services are among  the 60+ organisations confirmed to exhibit the event, which will see over 1,000 Scottish companies descend on Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh for a day of networking and procurement training. Buyers from Scottish Government, Scotland Excel, Transport Scotland and over 15 private sector buyers with sub-contract opportunities will be in attendance, giving suppliers the opportunity to speak to directly to buyers about their procurement processes and contract opportunities. The event is aimed at SME’s (small to medium sized businesses) and third sector organisations who are interested in supplying to the public sector.

Gillian Cameron of the Supplier Development Programme said, “This event, now recognised as the largest public spend event hosted in Scotland, affording businesses: particularly SME’s a truly unique opportunity to network, connect and hear the latest news on how they can grow their business through public sector tendering and the wider supply chain - all under one roof”.

In addition to networking opportunities the event will feature presentations and seminars from NHS National Services, APUC, Scotland Excel and Google Digital Garage, as well as practical workshops on how to write a successful tender.

Ainslie McLaughlin, Director of Procurement and Commercial at the Scottish Government said, “The Scottish Government recognises that SMEs are critical to the economic health of the country and we want them to thrive.   SDPs Meet the buyer provides SMEs with the potential opportunity to meet procurement experts from your local area and nationally to gather valuable information on future procurement opportunities of interest to your business.”

Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel, said: “We are delighted to be partners in this Meet the Buyer event. It’s a fantastic chance for Scottish companies to speak directly to over 40 public sector organisations, including Scotland Excel, to find out about business opportunities and the tender process.”

Suppliers can register for event now at https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events/meet-buyer-2018