SELECT has signed up as the first trade association member of the Supplier Development Programme (SDP). SDP is a publicly-funded partnership led by Local Authorities, working in conjunction with Scottish Government and other public bodies, to bring Scottish SMEs support in all aspects of tendering. By assisting businesses to become tender ready for public procurement, SDP improves all-round efficiency, sustainability and market potential.
Through this new partnership, SELECT’s member companies will be able to join the more than 13,500 businesses currently registered with the Supplier Development Programme to access its full calendar of free events as well as bespoke training designed for electrical contractors that will be delivered at SELECT’s offices.
Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted that SELECT has taken this step forward to demonstrate its commitment to best practice in procurement by becoming SDP Scotland’s first ever Trade Association Member.
“The Supplier Development Programme will now provide an essential support mechanism for SELECT’s members, many of which are micro SMEs, through our existing free face-to-face workshops and webinars. We will also work with SELECT to provide tendering training to SMEs in electrical contracting to improve upon and maximise their procurement knowledge to find, win and keep public sector contracts.”
Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT said: “We are delighted to join as a partner with the Supplier Development Programme. It’s vital that businesses of all sizes are given the opportunity to grow and develop and we are excited to see how SDP will help SELECT members to improve their opportunities in bidding for and winning public sector work.”