ABERDEEN City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, and Highland Council Shared Procurement Service has announced an initiative for local businesses looking for a new path to market in 2021.
Each year, £11bn is spent in Scotland’s public sector on goods, works and services, and the Shared Procurement Service wants to engage with local businesses to deliver a share of upcoming contracts.
The three councils have teamed up with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP), a free business support service that offers tender training and advice to Scottish micro, small and medium sized businesses.
Jennifer Payne, SDP development officer, said: “No business is too small to get involved in public sector work. Even a one-person operation can have something to offer.
“A big problem for many micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is gaining the know-how they need to do business with the public sector.
“That’s why we work with local authorities like Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Highland Councils, so that local businesses can be invited to bid and learn skills to bid more successfully, to deliver the contracts on offer.”
A free webinar called, ‘Talking Tenders with Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Highland Councils’ will take place on Wednesday, 27 January at 2:00pm.