Nov
27
Mon
Offshore Decommissioning Conference @ Fairmont St Andrews
Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day

The 2017 Offshore Decommissioning Conference, run jointly by Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK will take place from 27-29 November at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.

The conference will build upon previous events and will encompass numerous keynote sessions all focussed on the latest decommissioning updates. trends and case studies.

The key objective of the event is to bring together a wide spectrum of oil and gas companies, small supply chain companies, contractors and many of the large operators.  By attending this annual event, you will:

  • Update your knowledge and learn from industry leaders and key stakeholder
  • Take part in an excellent business development and networking opportunity, engaging with 450+ industry professionals.

 

Nov
30
Thu
Managing Change – 3rd of 4 Women’s Leadership Development Programme Workshops @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The third of four workshops comprising a 12 month Women’s Leadership Development Programme being delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland in conjunction with Fife Council Economic Development.

 

 

Administered and supported by Business Gateway Services in Fife, the workshops are all taking place at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes.

 
The Lead With Women’s Enterprise Scotland programme is designed for women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to become sustainable.

 
This programme is designed to help businesswomen increase their confidence in leadership by enabling them to strategically analyse their business against their vision for the future, develop, implement and evaluate strategies to grow their business using models and tools. It will also help you identify your own leadership style and develop their leadership and management skills to fully embed their learning in their business.

 

The programme is looking to work with female business owners who wish to build confidence and business capability.

 

Drawing on research from the fields of management, neuroscience and psychology, this workshop look at how to manage change effectively:

 
• How organisational culture impacts change
• Tools and models to manage change effectively
• Communicating and motivating for change.

 

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Dec
13
Wed
Finding and Understanding Framework Opportunities @ Carnegie Conference Centre
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Find out everything you need to know about framework opportunities at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop run by the Supplier Development Programme.

 

Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement. This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.

 

A speaker from Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector, will be in attendance at this event to discuss their framework contracts and how they work with SMEs in Scotland.

 

Key topics:

  • What is a Framework Agreement
  • What frameworks exist in Scotland
  • Methods of use
  • Your expectations and rights as a supplier

 

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You are considering applying to get on a Framework Agreement

 

Click for more information and book your placePlaces are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.

Jan
17
Wed
Improving Your Bid Score @ Flexspace Kirkcaldy
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This Level 2 (intermediate) workshop will help you get the highest possible score in your tender bid.

The workshop, run by the Supplier Development Programme, will cover the following key topics:

  • Understanding the client
  • Finding information (including Freedom of Information requests)
  • Asking questions
  • Bid writing skills
  • Pricing your bid
  • Award Criteria and Weightings
  • Quality vs.Cost
  • Get top tips on writing a winning bid.

 

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a good understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You want to improve your bid score.

 

Click for more information and book your placePlaces are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.

Jan
23
Tue
Leading for Success – 4th of 4 Women’s Leadership Development Programme Workshops @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The last of four workshops comprising a 12 month Women’s Leadership Development Programme being delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland in conjunction with Fife Council Economic Development.

 

Administered and supported by Business Gateway Services in Fife, the workshops are all taking place at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes.

 
The Lead With Women’s Enterprise Scotland programme is designed for women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to become sustainable.
This programme is designed to help businesswomen increase their confidence in leadership by enabling them to strategically analyse their business against their vision for the future, develop, implement and evaluate strategies to grow their business using models and tools. It will also help you identify your own leadership style and develop their leadership and management skills to fully embed their learning in their business.

 

The programme is looking to work with female business owners who wish to build confidence and business capability.

 

This final workshop will help you put all of the knowledge and skills from earlier sessions together to develop your own action plan for growth.
• Develop an action plan for growth
• Implement your plan within your business
• Evaluating performance and sustaining growth

 

Click for more information and to book your place.

Feb
7
Wed
Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability @ Carnegie Conference Centre
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Understand community benefits and environmental issues at this Level 2 (intermediate) workshop.

 

Sustainable procurement is a vital element of public sector procurement. As well as environmental issues it also includes social issues such as equality and diversity, and fair and ethical trading, plus economic issues including opportunities for SMEs and the third sector.

 

This Supplier Development Programme workshop is particularly recommended for third sector organisations

Key topics:

  • What is sustainable procurement?
  • Procurement for supported businesses and the third sector
  • Community benefits
  • Living wage
  • Being a “Best practice employer”
  • Life cycle costing
  • Delivering “Added Value”
  • Corporate social responsibility

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a good understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  •  You want to understand how best to demonstrate community benefit in your bid.

 

Click for more information and book your place. Places are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.

Apr
11
Wed
Introduction to working with the public sector @ Flexspace Kirkcaldy
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This Level 1 (Beginner) Supplier Development Programme workshop is a first step to tendering for new or inexperienced bidders.

 

How well do you know the public sector? This introductory module is recommended for anyone new to bidding. It provides a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond and introduces the concept of tendering and procurement.

 

Key topics:

  • Overview of the structure of the public sector in Scotland, Rest of UK and Europe
  • Why work with the public sector?
  • Introduce the concept of procurement and tender procedures
  • Finding opportunities
  • What you will be expected to provide
  • Introduce concept of consortium/partnership working

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You are new to bidding and working with the public sector
  • You want to refresh your knowledge of the public sector in Scotland
  • You want to learn how to work with the public sector.

 

Click for more information and book your place. Places are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.

 

May
16
Wed
An Introduction to Tendering @ Carnegie Conference Centre
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Begin to look at the tender process in detail at this Level 1 (Beginner) workshop.  

 

Introduction to Tendering takes you through the tender process from start to finish. From finding contracts, responding to opportunities, the selection stage, award criteria and debriefing, this comprehensive beginner-level course will tell you everything you need to start bidding for public contracts.

 

Key topics:

  • Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)
  • Participating in a Quick Quote
  • Contract thresholds values
  • Tender procedures and processes
  • Bid/no bid process
  • European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) [previously PQQ]

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You are new to bidding
  • You want to understand the tender process and what documents you will need
  • You want to understand how to complete the ESPD.

 

Click for more information and book your place. Places are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.

Jun
20
Wed
Using Public Contracts Scotland and other portals @ Business Gateway Glenrothes
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn how to make the most of Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) and other e-tendering systems at this introductory workshop.

 

Public Contracts Scotland is the national public sector tender portal for Scotland. It lists contract opportunities for all public sector bodies and has a “Quick Quote” function for lower value contracts. This workshop will help you ensure you are comfortable using this site as well as other portals throughout the UK and Europe.

Key topics:

  • Quick Quotes
  • Supplier Profile
  • PCS-Tender
  • Rest of UK, EU and private sector portals (Contracts Finder, Sell2Wales, Tenders Electronic Daily, Contracts.Mod)

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have never used the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website
  • You have used PCS and want to make sure you are making the most of the site.

Click for more information and book your place. Places are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.