The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 14 September 2008

South Ayrshire Council seminar explains
public sector tendering process

SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL recently hosted a free Supplier Development Programme (SDP) seminar at the Horizon Hotel in Ayr to explain to small and medium-sized enterprises the process to be followed when submitting a tender to supply products and services to the public sector.

[Pictured at the SDP Seminar are (left to right) Nick Larkin, South Ayrshire Council Head of Enterprise and Property Services, Maria Weir, Intellectual Assets Centre, Jane Toye, South Ayrshire Council Enterprise Officer, Gary Robinson, Scottish Procurement Directorate, Councillor Hywel Davies, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Carrier for Learning and Prosperity, Tom Young, KNOO Limited, Amy Burnett, Enterprise Scotland Europe and Calum McPhail South Ayrshire Council Business Engagement Development Officer. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The Council has recently joined the SDP, which is jointly funded by various local councils throughout Scotland, but predominantly those in the west coast, including North and East Ayrshire Council.

Councillor Hywel Davies, the Council’s Portfolio Carrier for Learning and Prosperity attended the seminar and said: “The seminar clearly explained to people how to apply to supply products and services to public sector organisations using the tendering process. Contracts secured through the tendering process can be extremely valuable to companies. I would encourage businesses to come forward, submit tenders, and if they are successful it will bring a welcome boost to their business.”

The seminar in Ayr was hosted by South Ayrshire Council and run in conjunction with North and East Ayrshire Councils.

Businesses can register with SDP for free at and get access to public sector buying information, links to procurement portals, ‘B-link’ - a quarterly newsletter delivered to all eligible registered companies, and the opportunity to attend workshops and events organised by SDP and public sector procurement departments.

The seminar also provided an opportunity for representatives of businesses to meet, network and exchange views on the tendering process.

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