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.

 

Sep
5
Wed
Women’s Enterprise Scotland Leadership Masterclasses 4 of 4 – Leading for Success @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The final in a series of four workshops comprising the 2018 Fife Women’s Leadership Programme.

 

A repeat of the successful pilot held download the programme flyer for more information.in Fife last year, the 12 month programme is designed specifically for female business owners in Fife who wish to grow their business and involves four workshops accompanied by online content and support – download the programme flyer for more information.

 

Co-ordinated by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council’s Economic Development Team, the workshops will be delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

 

This workshop will help you put together all of the knowledge and skills from earlier sessions to develop your own action plan for growth.

 

Click for more information and to book your place.

 

The other workshops in the programme take place on:

 

Sep
26
Wed
2.1 Tender Procedures and the ESPD @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Understand the various types of tender and examine the new ESPD at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop.

The first half of this intermediate-level workshop covers the various types of tender procedures in detail, including processes and timescales. The second half deals with the selection stage and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) [ formerly the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire PQQ]

Key topics:

  • Tender threshold values
  • Procedures and Timescales
  • Filling in an ESPD form
  • Reasons for exclusion
  • Selection criteria
  • Contracts terms and conditions

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You want to improve your chances of passing the ESPD and ITT stages

Registration from 9.30am

Nov
7
Wed
2.2 Finding and Understanding Framework Opportunities @ Carnegie Conference Centre
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Find out everything you need to know about framework opportunites at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop

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

Registration from 9.30am

Jan
16
Wed
2.3 Improving Your Bid Score @ FlexSpace Kirkcaldy
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know what exactly the buyer is looking for. This workshop will provide an insight into buyers’ needs and expectations and ensure you’re winning points

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

Registration from 9.30am

Mar
13
Wed
2.4 Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Mar 13 @ 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 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

Registration from 9.30am