Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2017 @ Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mar 28 all-day

With spend in the defence sector amounting to over £19 billion per year and a pledge to meet NATO’s target of spending 2% of national income on defence every year until 2020, the procurement and supply chain function within the defence sector has never been more important.

In addition, the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 outlined that an investment of £178 billion will be made on new equipment and equipment support over the next ten years.

Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2017 will provide both buyers and suppliers engaged throughout the defence acquisition supply chain with an invaluable opportunity to enhance knowledge, share best practice and showcase innovation, in addition to gaining an insight into the latest policies and initiatives currently impacting the defence procurement marketplace.

Supported by DE&S and other leading MOD organisations and trade associations, DPRTE 2017 will host a range of interactive features, including:

  • Live Keynote Arena
  • Product Showcase Exhibition
  • 4 x Knowledge Transfer Zones
  • DE&S Procurement Pavilion
  • 2 x Buyer Engagement Villages

Join the UK’s defence procurement and supply chain community at DPRTE 2017 – book your place today.

Glenrothes District Heat Scheme Consultation Event @ Rothes Halls
Mar 29 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Find out how your business could benefit from the Glenrothes District Heat Scheme at this event where members of the Glenrothes Heat Project Team will be present to answer any questions about the scheme.

The Glenrothes District Heat Scheme will supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes.

The Scheme plans to use the local biomass CHP plant, owned and operated by RWE, to provide hot water and heating for local businesses, community facilities, council offices and homes in the centre of Glenrothes.

Nuclear Supply Chain Event @ TWI Technology Centre
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The nuclear sector is full of opportunity, but knowing exactly what customers are looking for in tender submissions can be difficult – particularly for businesses that are new to the sector.

This free one-day event for SMEs will impart essential advice and strategies for putting together successful bids and winning more contracts. Senior representatives from real customer organisations will reveal exactly what they are looking for in tenders, and let you know the kind of services the nuclear sector currently requires.

You can expect to learn about the benefits of collaborative working – why cooperation between SMEs can be beneficial for all parties – and hear about the experiences of an SME that found success in the sector. The day will also be great for networking, with time allocated for meeting and holding informal discussions with key nuclear players.

Who should attend

Managing directors, business developers and commercial managers of SMEs will find the workshop particularly useful, as will anyone else with responsibility for overseeing tender submissions and developing relationships with clients.

To ensure this event delivers the best possible experience for everyone who attends, numbers are restricted. You are therefore advised to book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment.

You can register for this free event using the link below. If you have any questions or would like additional details, contact Nuclear Supply Chain Project Manager Nick Elbourn: or 07765 403465.

To find out more about the Nuclear Supply Chain project visit

Fife Business Awards 2017 @ Rothes Halls
Mar 31 @ 6:45 pm – 11:30 pm

Book your place now for the Fife’s Business Awards 2017! – a highlight of Fife’s business calendar.

Guests will be welcomed with a drinks reception sponsored by Diageo followed by a fantastic 3 course meal with wine at the black-tie event on Friday 31st March at the Rothes Halls hosted by radio and TV personality Grant Stott.

Fife Chamber President Peter Southcott added: “The Fife Business Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success and diversity of businesses in Fife.  The 2016 event was one of our best awards ceremonies ever, and next year’s already promises to be an even more enjoyable night, recognising and rewarding the strength and depth of the Fife business community.”

Check out the nominees which showcase the best of business in Fife.

Tickets are £70+VAT and can be booked individually or as tables of ten. Tickets can be purchased here or you can email for more information.

Supplier Development Programme – 2.2 Finding and understanding Framework Opportunities @ Enterprise Hub (Fife)
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Book your space HERE.

How to Distribute your Product – Food from Fife Seminar & Networking Event @ The Canmore
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

You are invited to a Food from Fife seminar and networking event on Thursday 20th April, 3-6pm at The Canmore, De Brus Brewery, 25 Canmore Street, Dunfermline.


3 – 4.45pm – Seminar: Find out about getting your food or drink product ready for wider distribution with Joe Wall of The Cress Company (nationwide distributors to independent retailers), Will Docker of independent retailer Balgove Larder and Kerry Allison of Connect Local.  Kerry has experience in global distribution through her previous role as Global Brand Manager at Brewdog.
4.45 – 6pm – This will be followed by informal networking and the opportunity to tour Dunfermline’s newest brewery with founder Douglas Ross.


Guests are welcome to attend either or both sections of the event.  Find out about Food from Fife activities, meet others in the food and drink industry and enjoy local food, drink, and conversation.


The event is free for Food from Fife members and costs £40 for non-members.


Email by 13 April to reserve your place.


Middle East Market Visit (Scottish Development International)
Apr 25 – May 3 all-day

Fast-track your business in the Gulf region by joining a Scottish delegation on Scottish Development International’s market visit to UAE and Qatar with optional extension to Kuwait.

Duration: up to 9 days

Date: 25 April 2017- 03 May 2017

Admission Fee: This market visit is free for eligible Scottish companies to attend. You’ll be responsible for your own travel and accommodation costs, however we can provide a travel grant for eligible companies.

Eligibility: Open to all Scottish companies with desire and capacity to extend their exports in the Middle East.

An opportunity for your company to engage with key contacts for your market sector through a programme of networking activities in Dubai and Qatar with optional travel to Kuwait.

As your ‘go-to’ contact for enhanced support both in Scotland and in-market, Scottish Development International’s Middle East expert, Colin Crabbe, will ensure you’re fully prepared to get the most out of the trip.

Why the Middle East?

United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait are investing billions of pounds in major projects providing huge opportunities for Scottish companies across most sectors to enter these exciting markets. Governments are investing in major projects such as:

  • Expo 2020 and water and waste water projects in Dubai
  • FIFA World Cup and related infrastructure projects and Vision 2030 in Qatar
  • The five-year National Development Plan in Kuwait

Sector opportunities

Given the breadth of projects and developments in these markets, this visit would appeal to most sectors, however, specific opportunities are in:

  • Infrastructure
  • Tourism
  • Technology and engineering
  • Water
  • Education and training

Why attend our market visit?

The market visit programme will include:

  • Market briefings on business opportunities in the region
  • Access to Scottish Development International and in-market support including extensive network of contacts including GlobalScots
  • Networking opportunities with key agents and local authorities
  • Advice on major packages on offer around supply chain and delivery of key projects in the region
  • Entry to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the leading global event for the Middle East travel industry and/or Major Events Safety and Security Summit, in Dubai


There is no charge to participate in this market visit and the activities planned in the visit programme. You’ll be responsible for covering the costs of your flights, accommodation and subsistence. However, Scottish Development International can recommend some flight options for the programme. You may be eligible for funding to assist with these costs. Ask us about the level of support for your company when you register.

Find out more and register here.

All Energy 2017 @ SECC, Glasgow
May 10 – May 11 all-day

All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy event, provides you with the opportunity to connect with new customers, increase sales opportunities and expand business networks.
This annual conference and exhibition brings together the UK’s largest group of buyers from the bioenergy, solar, offshore and onshore wind, hydropower and wave & tidal sectors as well as those involved in energy storage, heat, low carbon transport and sustainable cities solutions.
Join the Fife Group Stand organised by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team and help showcase what Fife has to offer, network and do business:

. We will project manage end to end solutions, leaving you to focus on your business and your customers
. You can take advantage of Economic Development project managing group stand
. Professional exhibition workshops cover everything you need to know from pre-event planning right through to post show evaluation
. We will support and include your business in local and national PR pre and post the exhibition

First time exhibitors may be able to claim up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of £2,000 as part of Fife Council’s Market Development Programme Funding.

To book a place for this Event email

NOTE: This event takes place from the 10th May to the 11th May at the times of 8.30-17.00.

Supplier Development Programme – 2.3 Improving your Bid Score @ Enterprise Hub Fife
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Book your space HERE.

Build on your Export Success (Edinburgh) @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh
May 16 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Need help to enter more export markets and grow your business? The intermediate level Preparing to Export programme could be for you.

Grow your export business with a peer group of Scottish exporters on our intermediate level Preparing to Export programme, starting in Edinburgh on 16 May 2017.

The programme’s 12 modules will help your company enter and grow existing export markets by building export capabilities in a range of areas, including:

  • Identifying new markets
  • Researching target export markets effectively
  • Developing an international value proposition
  • Shaping your export pricing and terms of international trade

Who should attend?

If you’re ready to take on the challenge of developing new business internationally or need help to develop your strategy to expand your export business further, then this is for you.

The intermediate workshops, hosted by Scottish Development International, are run over three days. You’ll need to attend all workshops to complete the programme.

Workshops are from 9.30am to 4pm on the following dates:

  • 16 May 2017
  • 30 May 2017
  • 13 June 2017

This programme is part-funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds – investing in a smart, sustainable and inclusive future. You should note that this support is a form of state aid, on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.

What are the benefits?

  • Increased awareness of the opportunities offered by exporting
  • Discover what capabilities and resources you need to sustain export success
  • Understand how you can use market research to scope out and select the right export markets and the right sales channel partners
  • Get help on how to develop your company’s export business model, value proposition, and strategy for export markets
  • Get advice on your company’s international pricing strategy and payment methods
  • Learn how to develop a robust export action plan to win new international business

Find out more and register here.